NAVAHCS benefits from the services of over 700 individual volunteers each year. Over 40 volunteers are on duty each day helping to make this a health care center of excellence. Volunteers of all ages and life experiences serve in many capacities at NAVAHCS.
Must be at least 13 years old, have a cleared TB test and completion of volunteer orientation.
Everyone is required to fill out an application for volunteering. You may pick up an application in Building 15 of the Medical Center or request to have one mailed, faxed or e-mailed to you. After successful completion of the packet, a Voluntary Services specialist will schedule you for an orientation. The three-hour orientation provides information related to the policies, functions and objectives of the Medical Center. Orientations run every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 8 a.m. in Building 15. Adult volunteer orientations will be cancelled for the summer of 2013 due to the youth program. The next adult orientation is scheduled for July 24. Any job-specific training will be administered by the assigned supervisor.
All volunteers should bring two forms of identification to the orientation and are required to receive a tuberculin skin test, free of charge.
In addition to the many non-tangible benefits you receive as a volunteer from helping others, NAVAHCS also provides some specific volunteer rewards. If you volunteer for four hours in a day you will receive a complimentary meal at NAVAHCS. All volunteers receive a parking sticker. Throughout the year VA staff make a point of recognizing our volunteer's efforts, but annually volunteers are honored for their hours of service at an awards ceremony and banquet.
Many special events are coordinated through Voluntary Service. These include; National Salute to Veteran Patients, Volunteer Recognition, Memorial Day, Youth Awards Program, POW/MIA Recognition, Veterans Day, United Blood Services Blood Drives, fund raising events, and volunteer training.