[October 1, 2011 – September 30, 2012]
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Voluntary Service Supported Programs and Events
The Adopt-a-Veteran Program is a Recreational Therapy initiative to provide Veterans in the Domiciliary and Community Living Center with a new clothing ensemble (i.e. shirt, undershirt, underclothes, sweater, pants, skirts or dresses, jacket, socks, belt, shoes, neck tie, etc.). This past year, the program expanded to include Veterans in VA community programs.
Youth Volunteer Program
During fiscal year 2012, VA Butler had 48 youth volunteers who volunteered year-round and/or during the Summer Youth Program. Youth volunteers performed escort services, helped welcome visitors to the facility, assisted with recreational programs, provided companionship to the lonely, and performed clerical assignments.
Volunteer/DAV Transportation Program
The Volunteer Transportation/DAV Program continues to improve access to care for hundreds of Veterans within VA Butler Healthcare’s service area. During fiscal year 2012, the program reported 68 volunteer drivers who provided 13,462 hours of service transporting 3,332 Veterans to and from their VA medical appointments.
Veterans History Project
VA Butler Healthcare has a dedicated volunteer that helps research and conduct interviews for the Veterans History Project, a collaborative effort between the Veterans Health Administration and the Library of Congress to document the military experiences of Veterans. The program has been in effect at VA Butler for at least 4 years, which has resulted in over 24 recorded histories on file at the Library of Congress. Each history requires a minimum of 10 hours of work, including videotaping. To date, the volunteer assigned to this project has accumulated over 300 hours.
Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival
For the third year in a row, VA Butler has partnered with the Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau to promote the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival celebrating the conception of the Jeep – which originated here in Butler, Pennsylvania. An original Bantam jeep and other jeep replicas were on display on campus for Veterans, employees, volunteers and others to view. Veterans provided jeep stories and photos that were culminated into a booklet and provided to the Veterans as a memento for that year. The partnership has resulted in opportunities to promote the volunteer program, the Veterans History Project, and recreational activities for inpatients. The first two years, the Welcome Home Celebration was held in conjunction with the Bantam Jeep Festival which boasted an audience of over 20,000 attendees from across the nation.
Voluntary Service Office
Building 1 Rm: 207C