Friends of Memorial

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Friends of Memorial Medical Center is a group of committed and passionate individuals who support Memorial Medical Center’s mission through education and community outreach. 

The mission of Friends is to develop, support and conduct educational activities and programs in the community on behalf of Memorial Medical Center. By hosting programs such as SCRUBS and Babysitting Clinic and sponsoring notable events like Be Aware Women’s Fair, Festival of Trees and Girls on the Run, Friends of Memorial’s impact on the health of the community stretches far outside the walls of the hospital.

How to Join Friends of Memorial

It’s easy to be a Friend. If you are interested in supporting our mission, volunteering for events, serving on our board or staying up-to-date on all that Friends is accomplishing just fill out the Friends of Memorial application, choose a donation amount that is right for you, and mail both to Friends of Memorial, Box 126, 701 N. 1st Street, Springfield, IL 62781. For instructions on making a donation by credit card or more information on Friends, call 217-788-3352.    

Friends of Memorial Programs

Check out some of our many great programs that we support through planning, teaching, volunteering and financial assistance.

Education Programs

Friends of Memorial I’m Going To Be A Big Brother/Sister Class

Prospective brothers and sisters, aged three to six, get ready for the arrival of a new sibling through this program. This free class includes a nursery tour, video presentation, instruction and small gift for the new baby. Call 217-788-3352 to register.

Friends of Memorial Babysitting Clinic

For children aged 11 and older, these free, half-day clinics feature a registered nurse, a fireman, a police officer and Memorial Child Care teachers who share information designed to help the kids become "Super Sitters." Call 217-788-3333 to register, or register online one month before the event by visiting

Friends of Memorial CPR for Babysitters

These classes are available to children who have participated in Friends Babysitting Clinics and are open to other interested participants of the community. CPR for Babysitters is designed to teach adolescents, aged 11 to 18, important information concerning basic life support and the technical aspects of CPR.  As part of the course, participants will practice CPR techniques on mannequins, use an AED, and review evidence-based practices following AHA guideline certification. Call 217-788-3333 to register.

Friends of Memorial SCRUBS

Our SCRUBS program coordinates with area schools to orient eighth-grade students to various health professions with hands-on experience in nursing, laboratory medicine, radiology, respiratory therapy and food and nutrition. Participants rotate through various stations, giving them insight and education in each category, as well as a direction in which to pursue future education.  Call 217-788-3352 for more information.

Other Friends of Memorial Educational Events

Friends offers educational events periodically throughout the year. In past years, these events have included such topics as Weight Loss and Wellness and Pet Therapy. For future events, visit


Memorial's Be Aware Women’s Fair

Friends helps support one of the largest community events specifically for women. Health screenings, entertainment, specialty foods and prizes fill up an entire day of fun for women at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. For details on the next fair, visit

Memorial's Festival of Trees

Offering financial and volunteer support, Friends of Memorial members help make this central Illinois tradition possible. For details about the annual event, visit

Girls on the Run

Friends is a “Marathon Sponsor” of Girls on the Run Central Illinois, a non-profit program for girls in third through eighth grade that inspires girls to be healthy and confident through an exercise-based curriculum.

Additional Sponsorships

Friends sponsors additional events throughout the year. We are interested in reviewing new sponsorship opportunities. For more information, you may call 788-3352.


Friends of Memorial Scholar Program

The Friends Scholar Program is currently accepting applications for grants in the amount of $2,500 or $5,000 from qualified candidates furthering their education in health-related careers of critical need to Memorial Health System.

This grant opportunity is available to current Memorial Medical Center or MHS Corporate employees as well as any dependent child of an employee. The candidate must complete the Education Grant Application along with the Friends of Memorial Scholar Program Application. All additional requirements can be viewed in the documents below.

Friends Scholar Program Summary and Grant Application