[October 1, 2011 – September 30, 2012]
|Total number of volunteers
|Total volunteer hours
|Volunteer return on investment
Voluntary Service Supported Programs and Events
- American Red Cross Blood Drives
- Volunteer Bake/Craft Sale
- Voter Registration for Veterans
- Community Living Center Resident Brunches for Veterans Week and National Salute Week
- Patients’ Christmas Gift Shop
- All Volunteer Gift Distribution to Patients
- Annual Van Zandt Holiday Party w/James E. Van Zandt II
- Six visits by State officials of Veteran Service Organizations
- National Salute to Veteran Patients
- Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony
- Armed Forces Day and Welcome Home Event
- VA2K Walk
- Volunteer "Fun" Lunch/Picnic
- Annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans
- National POW-MIA Recognition Day Ceremony
- Many visits and gift distributions held throughout the year by service and Veteran organizations, and members of the community.
- Volunteer coordinator participated in outreaches held by the medical center
Patients’ Christmas Gift Shop
Each year, our volunteer program has offered the Patients' Christmas Gift Shop to our hospitalized Veterans. Many of our organizations assist with donations of money and gift items each year to make the program a success. The Veterans enjoy being able to "shop" for gifts for their family members, especially since many of them are unable to leave the medical center to shop on their own.
Volunteer organizations and a local group of high school students assist the Veteran patients with their shopping, wrap all gift items, and, if the Veteran will not be seeing their family before the holidays, the Volunteer Office mails the gifts for them. By providing the Veterans with the opportunity to personally choose and give gifts to their loved ones in this way, we hope they feel as special and valued as they truly are.
Volunteer "Fun" Lunch/Picnic
Volunteer Office holds an annual Volunteer Fun" Lunch/Picnic at a local amusement park each summer. The volunteers enjoy attending the outdoor, daytime activity with sing-a-long entertainment, prizes, and great food.
They have the option to bring their children, grandchildren, and others along to participate in activities at the amusement park (rides, water slides, pool, games, and miniature golf), at a reduced rate, following the picnic lunch. This is a big hit with the volunteers, and we are already planning this summer’s get-together!
James E. Van Zandt
VA Medical Center
Volunteer Program Office