Decide if you want to be a regularly scheduled volunteer or occasional. You can also volunteer for special events.
Regularly scheduled volunteers work for VA on a scheduled basis and are considered employees who work without compensation. These non-paid employees go through a formal VA orientation and receive individual rewards for hours and service given.
Occasional volunteers work with VA infrequently. They do not have a regular schedule and volunteer an average of 24 hours per quarter. The American Legion, not the individual, receives credit for service given.
Special-events volunteers work annual occasions where VA needs support. These include the National Wheelchair Games, National Golden Age Games, National Creative Arts Festival, National Winter Sports Clinic, Homeless Stand Downs, Annual Red Cross Blood Drive, and events welcoming home veterans from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Choose your assignment:
- Administrative support and assistance to clinical staff volunteers
- Making patient reminder calls
- Escort volunteers
- Food court ambassadors
- Coffee servers
- Information desk
- Shuttle drivers
- Veterans History Project volunteers
- Volunteers In-Home Respite Program, in which volunteers go to a veteran's home once or twice a week for two to four hours to give the caregiver a break
- Companion therapy
For information concerning individual or post participation, contact the chief of voluntary service at your nearest VA medical center. He or she will arrange an initial screening and help you choose the program that best fits your time and interests. Information is also available at www.va.gov/volunteer.