The McLean Auxiliary

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.

Our Activities

  • All volunteer run Gift Shop
  • Membership socials
  • Fundraisers
  • 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 Second Angel Hearts Gifts
Once again, on Valentine's Day each resident of the Health Center recieved a small gift. 
The gifts were something the resident had asked for and those "wishes"
were place on the Angel Heart Tree. 
Friends, auxiliary members and staff took those "wishes" and donated the items!

Auxiliary Membership

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.

Please join us for the Annual Membership Social! 
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 4 pm in the Burkholder Community Building. 
This year's program will feature a flower arranging demonstration, some wine and cheese, and a lot of friends.


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 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. For specifics regarding candidate qualifications and application process, click here

 The Deadline has passed for 2018.  Please check back for the 2019 forms in January 2019


2018 Scholarship Recipients - Natalie Muller and Dylan Teixeira


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                   Alayna Clark               

Angela Cleveland       Marge Diachenko            Vickie Dirienzo

Judy Fitzgerald          Pat Gallagher                    Judy Goff

Rebecca May              Connie Norstrom            Jane Stevenson