VA Volunteer Services
The American Legion has supported and actively participated in the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) program since it began in 1946. Today, nearly 7,000 volunteers serve 900,000 hours annually at various VA medical centers. Get started at va.gov/volunteer.
Adopt a National Guard or Reserve Unit
Posts throughout the country are encouraged to connect with local National Guard and reserve units to learn about the many ways volunteers can assist.
For more information, contact The American Legion Internal Affairs Division at (317) 630-1321.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is working with The American Legion to identify opportunities for departments, districts and posts to assist in building or supporting military or veterans' housing projects.
Honor Flight helps transport veterans willing and able to visit memorials in Washington, D.C. American Legion volunteers help accompany the veterans to and from the memorials.
The American Legion assists Rebuilding Together by distributing veteran eligibility criterion for program information through the department service officers, districts and posts.
Volunteers comprise about 97 percent of the International Red Cross work force. More than 24,000 volunteers serve as chairmen, on advisory or directors boards for local chapters, Blood Services regions and military stations. Among Red Cross emergency services for servicemembers is the delivery of urgent family messages – one every 22 seconds.
To learn how to become a Red Cross volunteer, call (202) 639-3520 or visit www.redcross.org.
How Can I Donate Blood to the Military?
America's Blood Centers, (888) 872-5663
American Red Cross, (800) 448-3543
United We Serve
Through United We Serve, government can support the momentum of the millions of acts of kindness and decency that are changing America one heart at a time. The United We Serve Network helps individuals find service opportunities that match their interests and talents in their hometowns, across the country and around the world.
To learn more, call (877) 872-2677, or visit www.serve.gov.
United Service Organizations is chartered by Congress as a nonprofit charitable corporation and endorsed by the president and the Department of Defense. USO's mission is to provide welfare, recreation and morale-raising services to U.S. military members.
More than 12,000 members in the USO international corps of volunteers provide an estimated 450,000 hours of service annually. From welcoming home deployed troops to helping entertain soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, the volunteer contribution in delivering a "Touch of Home" is USO's primary asset.
To learn how to become a USO volunteer, call (202) 610-5700 or visit www.uso.org.