Elaine’s Story

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Mercy Health - Toledo, OH

Elaine gives because it’s an honor to serve both Mercy and her community

For Elaine Barth and her late husband, Dick, Mercy Health's Tiffin Hospital is a big part of their lives. Dick served as a hospital trustee, helping to strengthen the hospital and the community. After he passed away, Elaine began her own service to Mercy by volunteering as a valet assistant.

“I know that my husband felt it was an honor for him to serve on that board and when I volunteered, I felt like I was contributing something,” Elaine said.

Not long after she began, Elaine learned of a fundraising drive for the Foundation. She signed up without hesitation.


“I’m retired so I don’t have a big income, but I can do something,” she said. “And what I give, it stays in the area.”


With small, automated bank drafts each month to the Foundation, Elaine’s philanthropy doesn’t cause her any stress.

“I don’t have to remember to send a check. It just makes it easier for me,” she said.