Want to give your time and talents to support the care of America’s Veterans? Volunteers are an invaluable resource for VA and it is impossible to calculate the amount of caring and sharing that VA Voluntary Service (VAVS) volunteers provide to Veteran patients.
There are many ways you can get involved and help fellow Veterans through VA’s Voluntary Service Program. VAVS volunteers have the opportunity to work at hospitals, outpatient clinics, readjustment counseling centers, VA regional offices, and cemeteries.
Some volunteers also provide in-home companionship to homebound Veterans. For example, the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System recruits volunteers to provide a much needed break for primary caregivers. Check out how Caregiver Support Volunteers Karissa Trimpe, Barbara Carling and Richard Hambacher make a difference in the lives of the Veterans and caregivers they help.
Students can also volunteer through the Student Volunteer Program and gain valuable experience and training. Student volunteers can explore their health care career options and gain experience in a health care environment while learning new skills and making new friends. There are also scholarship opportunities for student volunteers through VAVS and veterans service organizations, such as the James H. Parke Memorial Youth Scholarship Award.
Becoming a VAVS volunteer is simple. Click here to fill out a volunteer form and a local VAVS representative will contact you to provide further information and set up an appointment for an interview. Or you can contact your local VA facility and let them know your interest in the volunteer program. Learn more about the program here, and join the VAVS family to make a difference in the lives of our Veterans.