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McCready Foundation Building a Healthy Community One Person at a Time

Making a Difference, One Person at a Time

Volunteers have been lifting spirits, touching lives and making a difference at the McCready Foundation for over 60 years.

Kathleen Maddox, R.N. instituted McCready's volunteer program in 1946. Like countless others across the country, her "Candy Striper Program" at McCready Memorial Hospital enlisted community residents to help provide those extra touches - filling water pitchers, arranging flowers and answering patients' call bells under the direction of the nurses.

In 1963, students in the Future Nurses Club founded by Margaret Wilson at Crisfield High School began volunteering at McCready Hospital. Helping the nurses on patient units, reading to patients, pushing them about in wheelchairs, greeting visitors in the hospital lobby, these youngsters brought their smiles and their developing "people skills" to the patients and the staff. At the same time, they were able to test their interests in future nursing careers.

Today, the volunteer groups at the McCready Foundation perform a variety of valued activities at the hospital, at the Alice B. Tawes Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and in the McCready community. While there is no longer a "junior volunteer" corps here, there are adult volunteer groups, each serving McCready and our community in unique ways.

Our Volunteer Mission 
Promoting, protecting and perpetuating the health and well-being of patients and residents.