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Battle Creek VA Medical Center

 

Volunteer or Donate

Volunteer

The Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) program is one of the largest volunteer programs in the Federal government. Our mission is to enhance the Veterans’ healthcare experience through utilization of volunteers and donations.

The generosity of the volunteer’s time allows us to provide many of the additional niceties that otherwise could not be accomplished by the paid staff on a day-to-day basis.

VAVS offers volunteer assignments that fulfill the volunteer’s desire to make a difference in a Veteran’s life. The VAVS program can be tailored to meet the volunteer needs of an individual, student, family, large group or corporation.

Volunteer Opportunities

We have many volunteer opportunities for you, your family, friends and co-workers. Assignments may vary but your involvement can make a real difference in the life of a Veteran patient. Below are a few volunteer opportunities, for more options contact the Community and Volunteer Service.

INFORMATION DESK AMBASSADOR

Greet patients and visitors, provide directions and information to guests.

PATIENT FEEDING

Assist staff in feeding Veterans who are not physically capable of feeding themselves.

VOLUNTEER DRIVER

Provide transportation for patients to their medical appointments.

PALLIATIVE CARE (NO VETERAN DIES ALONE PROGRAM)

Provides comfort and support to terminally ill Veterans and their families.

OTHER ASSIGNMENTS MAY INCLUDE:

Office Support Assistant, Recreation Assistant, Cemetery Honor Guard, Hobby/Craft/Music Volunteer, Cookie Baker, Pet Therapy Assistant, Coffee Room Server, and Greenhouse Assistant.

Requirements for Becoming a Volunteer

We welcome individuals of all backgrounds and abilities. Because of the nature of care being delivered at our VA, all volunteers are carefully screened and individually matched to their assignments.

The potential volunteer may be required to complete the following:

  • Interview
  • Volunteer Application
  • Background Investigation
  • General Orientation
  • Job Specific Competencies

This process is not only meant to ensure the safety and well being of our Veterans and their families but provide a successful volunteer experience as well.

Benefits of Volunteering
HEALTH BENEFITS
  • Increase your physical and mental activity
  • Improve your physical and mental health
  • Extend your life
SOCIAL BENEFITS
  • Make new friends
  • Be part of a team
  • Feel needed, make a positive impact
  • Gain a sense of pride, satisfaction, and achievement
CIVIC BENEFITS
  • Share your skills
  • Give back – contribute to society
  • Fulfill your civic duty
  • Serve those who have served our country
  • Set the example for family, friends and co-workers
CAREER/EDUCATION BENEFITS
  • Explore career paths
  • Learn new skills
  • Build your resume
  • Earn volunteer hours
Contact Us

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information about volunteering, contact the Community and Volunteer Service staff at the address or phone number below:

Battle Creek VA Medical Center
Community and Volunteer Service
5500 Armstrong Rd
Battle Creek, MI 49037
269-223-5497
Wyoming VA Health Care Center
Community and Volunteer Service
5838 Metro Way SW
Wyoming, MI 49519
616-249-5300 ext. 30563

Contact

Community and Volunteer Service
Building 10, Battle Creek VA Medical Center
269-223-5497

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