Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become a member?
There are many ways to become a part of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, but it starts when you complete a Prospective Membership Form. As soon we receive your form, we will immediately forward it to the Auxiliary Membership Vice President.  She will contact you with more information.

What are the benefits of becoming a member?
Fulfillment and satisfaction in knowing you are helping the children of our community.
      Appreciation and recognition for the work you do.
      Invitations to attend some of the most popular events in the county 
     where you can socialize and network.
      The chance to form friendships with like-minded people that will last 
     a lifetime!
      The opportunity to attend free leadership development workshops.
      Our published newsletter, Chaux Talk, and online communications.
      Access to discounts from our community partners for event and 
     recreational activities for you and your family and friends to enjoy!

What is a Unit?
Units are groups of members who join together to work on special projects and events. You can choose to join a Unit based on where you live or on the area of interest that the Unit is committed to. Members of units are guided by governing bylaws and standing rules of the organization, and also enjoy special recognitions and benefits of being a member.  Click here to learn about all our Units.

Are there fees associated with joining the Auxiliary?
Units set their own dues, ranging from $40 to $205 annually. All money from dues and events supports the children and families of Rady Children’s.

Can I start my own Unit?
Absolutely!  Please indicate your interest in starting a new Unit on your form or by calling our office at 858-966-5887.  Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary provides all prospective members with the tools and support needed to start their own Unit.

Do I have to join a Unit based on where I live?
Though many people choose a Unit based on location – close to home or work – it’s not at all required.  In fact, many Units are formed by groups of friends who have similar interests and want to raise funds for Rady Children's.

How much time do I need to commit?  How often do we meet?
The amount of time you commit is up to you and your Unit.  Most Units meet monthly; others meet more often leading up to a major event, then take a break after the post-event follow-up.

Do I need to form my own Foundation or non-profit?
One of the benefits of forming a Unit is that Units fall under the non-profit umbrella of Rady Children's.  This convenient structure helps community members avoid navigating complicated and costly processes inherent in creating a separate foundation or non-profit organization.

Do I have to be sponsored by an active Auxilian to become a member of a unit?
No. In fact, Units are a wonderful way to meet new people and make new friends.

Will there be an opportunity for me to interact with the patients of Rady Children's?
Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary raises funds for children and families that they may never meet, and much of the volunteer work is done out in the community, although you may occasionally meet patients and former patients at events. Click here for more information about volunteering at the Hospital.

Is this a women-only Auxiliary?
No, we encourage men to join our Units. 

Can I support the Auxiliary without becoming a member?
Yes! The Auxiliary is also a part of the Miracle Makers program.

Can my children become members?
Yes, some units elect to have junior memberships.  Also, children interested in raising funds for Rady Children's can become a Junior Miracle Maker, which is not a unit membership category.

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