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VA Palo Alto Health Care System


Volunteer or Donate

Serving those who served, Caring Matters Welcome to VA Palo Health Care System (VAPAHCS). Our mission is to provide quality human resources, financial resources, and special events at all divisions and outpatient clinics of VAPAHCS.

VAPAHCS Voluntary Service is one of the largest and most complex VA facilities in the nation, providing services to approximately 130,000 Veterans. We have three inpatient divisions, Palo Alto, Menlo Park & Livermore, and seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Monterey, Capitola, Fremont, Stockton, Modesto and Sonora. Over 2,600 volunteers work within the health care system.


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:

Student Volunteering - Anyone age 14 or older 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.

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.

Volunteer Assignments
  • Patient Escort
  • Shuttle Cart Driver
  • Information Desk
  • Recreational Support
  • Admin Support

Contact Information

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the specialist at the desired location:

Palo Alto
Michele Larsen or Jeannine de Raddo, (650) 858-3903
Menlo Park – Fremont – Redwood City Vet Centers
Alberto Villarreal, (650) 617-2753
Livermore - Stockton - Modesto - Sonora
Jammu Owens, (925) 449-6448
San Jose & Monterey
Melissa Morales, (650) 665-3565

Volunteer Application Forms

Download and complete the following forms:

Make sure you submit the completed volunteer checklist, Fingerprinting Form, Volunteer Consent form, and VA Form 10-7055 to us in one packet.


Donations provide for the increasing needs of the Veterans we serve. All donations are tax-deductible.

Types of Donations

  • Temporary lodging for eligible Veterans, service members and family members
  • Refreshments for patient activities
  • Patient activities
  • National Games

Make an online donation now

Non-monetary items:
  • Hygiene items
  • Paperback books
  • New clothing, socks and underwear


VAPAHCS Voluntary Service (135)
3801 Miranda Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94304, Bldg. 100, F1-110



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