The Mission and Purpose of the McLean Auxiliary
Since 1972, the McLean Auxiliary has provided life enhancement support to McLean residents, patients, families and staff.
The McLean Auxiliary is a group of volunteers dedicated to supporting the quality of life and wellness for McLean residents, patients and clients. From the beautiful gift shop with something for everyone, to annual fundraisers, and numerous activities with and for residents, the McLean Auxiliary is an integral part of the McLean family. Anyone can join the Auxiliary – current and former employees, residents, families of residents, friends and neighbors.
The McLean Auxililary is financially supported by membership dues, fundraisers and the Gift Shop. The Auxiliary awards grants annually to support residents' services and quality of life activities. Grants are given for residents' special needs (such as haircuts, personal items, eyeglasses), life enrichment activities and entertainment programs as well as equipment that enhances patient care.
- All volunteer run Gift Shop
- Membership socials
- Bake Sale
- Casino Games for residents
- Dining Room Holiday Flower arranging with residents
- May Day and Veterans Day Flowers for all Health Center residents
- Holiday Gift Wrapping for residents
- Art Lounge (different artist each month)
- Strawberry Festival awarding annual Grants and Scholarship
- Angel Hearts Gifts - Valentine gifts for all residents
- Scholarship program
- Artists Reception for Residents
- Angel Visits with Residents
The McLean Auxiliary relies upon its membership for charitable support and the contribution of time. To become an Auxiliary Member, fill out our application. To review the bylaws of the McLean Auxiliary, please click here.
Welcome to The McLean Auxiliary Gift Shop
The McLean Auxiliary Gift Shop is for one-stop shopping. We guarantee you’ll find something for someone you love — and you, too!
Even better, your purchase is a gift that keeps on giving. The store is run entirely by volunteers and purchases support a multitude of activities and needs for McLean residents through the Auxiliary.
Seasonal delights are also available. The shop is located in the lobby of the McLean Health Center and open daily.
The hours are:
- Sunday 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Saturday noon to 3 p.m.
If you are interested in volunteering in the Gift Shop please contact the Auxiliary at McLean.Auxiliary@mcleancare.org or through the Auxiliary voicemail 860.658.3710.
The McLean Auxiliary Annual Scholarship Award
The McLean Auxiliary awards an annual scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to an employee or child of an employee who is pursing post high-school education in a medical or health-care related field.
Applications will be available mid-February-check back for more details. Applications are due back March 31, 2019 and scholarship will be awarded June 3, 2019.
The McLean Auxiliary also recognized Natalie Muller, a Certified Nursing Assistant at McLean, as the recipient of their annual $1,500 scholarship. This scholarship is awarded each year to an employee, or a child of an employee, who will be attending college in the fall to pursue a career in a health care related field. Natalie is pursuing a BS degree in Allied Health at the University of Connecticut. Dylan Teixeira received the $500 Merit Scholarship in memory of past Auxiliary member and President, Jane Schlichter. Dylan has worked as a Dietary employee at McLean for two years and is pursuing a degree in nursing at Central Connecticut State University. The two recipients accepted their awards from Auxiliary Scholarship Chairperson, Marge Diachenko.
Pictured left to right: Natalie Muller, Marge Diachenko, Dylan Teixeira.
The McLean Auxiliary Board Members
Maria Babicki Lucian Cascio Angela Cleveland
Vickie Dirienzo Judy Fitzgerald Pat Gallagher
Judy Goff Rebecca May Connie Norstrom
Ann O'Donnell Louise Polistena-D'Agosto Jane Stevenson