Give Back to Freedom: Volunteer with VA - VA Palo Alto Health Care System
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VA Palo Alto Health Care System

 

Give Back to Freedom: Volunteer with VA

Celebrating 70 years of service to Veterans

"Celebrating 70 years of service to Veterans"

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

With approximately 75,000 volunteers providing more than 9.7 million hours of driving, escorting, feeding, filing, serving, and sometimes simply sitting with a Veteran in their hospital room, VA boasts one of the most extensive volunteer networks in the United States.

At VA Palo Alto Health Care System, there are more than 2,500 volunteers at any given moment, taking on tasks in every service from helping process paperwork in order for a Veteran to receive care to keeping a Veteran company at their bedside.

It is no wonder VA Voluntary Service (VAVS), the group that oversees all volunteers, has partnered with President Barack Obama’s United We Serve initiative. The partnership engages Americans to share their various skills to provide great community support during the summer months.

The success of the program will hopefully continue as the summer 2016 arrives.

How Can I Help?

There are many ways to give back at VAPAHCS. Some of the assignments available include:

  • 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.
How Do I Sign Up?

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

I don’t have a lot of free time but I want to help!

You can always give. 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
Whether you commit your time or donate, your contribution will help many Veterans every day.

 

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