United States Department of Veterans Affairs
VA NY/NJ Veterans Healthcare Network

Volunteering

The Voluntary Services at each VA NY/NJ Veterans Healthcare Network facility support the traditional use of volunteer resources. Many of our veterans have come to depend on volunteers for an improved quality of life while they are patients in our facilities. Staff has come to appreciate volunteer assistance which helps to make them more productive and attentive to the needs of our veterans. Volunteers provide a wide range of support and financial assistance to programs for our veteran patients throughout the year. This site provides information on how best to serve the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

Volunteers provide many important functions throughout the Medical Centers and help make our patients' stay more enjoyable. Volunteers can perform a number of services and a volunteer's talents are closely matched with one of our many assignments.

To volunteer, call or visit a VA Medical Center Voluntary Service Office listed in the right column. You can also complete an online application to volunteer. We will be happy to receive your application or discuss how you can help us in our mission to provide comfort and care to America's veterans.

Giving

Cash donations are used for the comfort and welfare of our veteran patients, including —

  • hygiene products
  • refreshment supplies
  • cable television for spinal cord injury patients
  • recreational activities

Non-cash contributions are used to make our patients' stay more enjoyable. Items which are accepted include —

  • magazines
  • coffee and cookies
  • new or gently used clothing
  • telephone cards

To make a cash or non-cash contribution, please contact your local VA Medical Center Voluntary Service Office.

Volunteer Assignments

We've listed some of the ways you can volunteer below. However, if you have special skills to offer, please call us so we can discuss how you can best use your talents to help our patients.

  • Volunteer Van Drivers
  • Parking Lot Golf Cart Drivers
  • Volunteer Office Assistant
  • Pharmacy Assistant
  • Patient Escort Volunteers
  • Amenity Relief Volunteer
  • Magazine/Book Cart
  • Mail Room Assistant

Serving those who served. Caring Matters.

Related Links

Student Volunteer Program
VA Voluntary Service
Volunteer Application