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VA Palo Alto Health Care System


Volunteer or Donate


Serving those who served....Caring Matters Volunteers provide many important functions throughout the health care system and help make our patients' stay more enjoyable. Volunteers can perform a number of services, and a volunteer's talents are closely matched with one of our many assignments:

Volunteer Transportation - Many Veterans who have answered our nation’s call in times of war have disabilities or can't afford transportation to a VA Hospital. The Volunteer Transportation Network encourages new volunteers to assist our Veterans in getting needed transportation for their medical treatment.

Corporate Volunteering - Your employees have the skills and talents that VA needs to carry out its mission to 'Serve those who Served'. This can be your chance to give something back to the community while helping America's Veterans. Let the VA tailor a program for your company to utilize your employees' skills in rewarding ways.

Student Volunteering - Anyone under the age of 19 is eligible to work as a student volunteer with VA. In addition, the James H. Parke Memorial Youth Scholarship Award provides scholarships to exceptional student volunteers. Student volunteering offers valuable training for college or a future job.

National Salute - This program is designed to pay tribute to hospitalized Veterans, increase community awareness, and encourage citizens to visit hospitalized Veterans and become involved as volunteers. The National Salute invites individuals, businesses, civic organizations, and school children to participate in a variety of activities at the VA Medical Center.

Volunteer Application Packet
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please fill out the following application forms and return them to your nearest Volunteer Office at either our Palo Alto, Menlo Park, or Livermore campuses.

Download Volunteer Application Forms


Cash donations are used for the comfort and welfare of our Veteran patients, including:

  • hygiene products
  • temporary housing for family members
  • refreshment supplies
  • cable television for spinal cord injury patients
  • recreational activities
All donations are tax-deductible. In the memo section of your check, please state:
For General Fund # 2202.

Non-cash contributions are used to make our patients' stay more enjoyable. Accepted items include:

  • magazines
  • coffee and cookies
  • new or gently used clothing
  • telephone cards


VAPAHCS Voluntary Service (135)
Contact: Voluntary Service Specialist
3801 Miranda Ave, Palo Alto, first floor of Building 100

The Eagle Newsletter


Volunteer PSA video.