Door County Medical Center will be holding a Mission and Values Week Silent Auction to raise money for the Ministry Fund. Since its founding 17 years ago, DCMC’s Ministry Fund has given more than $500,000 to local individuals struggling to meet their basic needs. This Silent Auction is open to the public and is the primary source of funding for the Ministry Fund.
The mission of The Ministry Fund is to further the healing ministry of Jesus by continually improving the health and well being of all people, especially the poor. The types of needs funded through The Ministry Fund are as unique as the many individuals to whom they are provided. Some examples include shelter, clothing, durable medical equipment, car repair, fuel/utilities, transportation, medications and dental bills.
Through the resources made available from employees and other donors, this fund has been able to fulfill over 3,900 requests for assistance since the fund was created.
Katie Graf, a veteran Social Worker at Door County Medical Center is the coordinator of the Ministry Fund. Through Katie’s energy and drive to help those who are poor or in any way afflicted, the original grant has multiplied nearly four-fold since it was established in 1999. The fund is replenished through a variety of grants and ongoing fundraising events, most important of which is this Mission and Values Week Silent Auction.
“We don’t always see it every day, but people are desperate – falling through the cracks. This program is vital to our community and the members it serves. Helping someone with their utility bill to bridge the gap until their next paycheck or making sure they have enough funds for a taxi ride to the doctor’s office can make an immeasurable impact in the quality of their lives. It can mean the difference between a home and homelessness, sick or healthy and even life or death.”
All of the proceeds from the auction will be directed to the Ministry Fund for the benefit of Door County residents in need. Packages are provided by area businesses, different departments of Door County Medical Center, and even Door County Medical Center employees to help this incredible cause.
The silent auction will be held on Thursday, October 4th from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the conference center at Door County Medical Center. Winning bids will be announced at 2:30 p.m. and the lucky winners will be asked to pay for and claim their items between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Special arrangements can be made for those individuals unable to pick up their items until the following day.
For more information on The Ministry Fund or The Mission and Values Week Silent Auction, please visit www.dcmedical.org.