Across the nation volunteers were honored and recognized during National Volunteer Week (April 10-16) for their hard work and selfless acts of kindness. For the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System (NAVAHCS), there is no exception. The VA operates one of the largest volunteer programs in the federal government, including over 847 current volunteers from NAVAHCS.
These volunteers have given to the Bob Stump VAMC and five Community Based Outpatient Clinics. Active volunteers gave a total of 96,472 hours in this past fiscal year. They help organize special ceremonies, work at the stand downs, and provide holiday events for our hospitalized veterans. They drive our DAV vehicles, our station shuttle, serve coffee, provide directions, escort Veterans to and from appointments, and add the personalized touch by wishing our hospitalized Veterans “Happy Birthday.”
This year our volunteers have stepped forward to help us with the opening of our new Emergency Department and have been instrumental with the successful implementation of the “TruthPoint” assessment program.
They are also out in the community supporting NAVAHCS with a variety of activities such as golf tournaments, car shows, raffles and bowl-a-thons which support numerous Veteran programs.
Volunteer hours equated to over $2,172,549.00 based on national standards. VA’s annual volunteer recognition ceremony will be held later this summer where we will recognize the efforts, accomplishments and spirit of our volunteers.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki recognizes the difference the force of volunteers make. “VA volunteers provide enormous benefit to Veterans and their families by serving…In addition to offering a warm smile, an ear to listen, a quiet presence, and, more importantly, their time, volunteers are loyal and dedicated individuals who proudly, humbly, and tirelessly serve Veterans. The value of VA volunteers and their organizations is truly beyond measure.”
Consider using a volunteer in your area and remember to “Thank a Volunteer".