Volunteer at a Facility
Volunteer and donation management programs under the direction of the VA Center for Development and Civic Engagement are following revised protocols during the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic. So that we may provide you with more information regarding your interest in serving America's Veterans, please provide your contact information below and click 'Submit'. All fields marked with an asterisk are required.
Note: Due to current volume of volunteer and donation information requests, a response may take more than two business days. You are welcome to directly contact the VA Center for Development and Civic Engagement office, sometimes referred to as Voluntary Service, at the nearest VA Medical Center. If you would like to offer support at the national level, please select District of Columbia - Veterans Health Administration.
OMB Number 2900-0090
Estimated Average: 15 min.
The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 requires us to notify you that this information collection is in accordance with the clearance requirements of section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. We may not conduct or sponsor, and you are not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB number. We anticipate that the time expended by all individuals who must complete this form will average 15 minutes. This includes the time it will take to read instructions, gather the necessary facts and fill out the form. The form is used to assist personnel of both voluntary organizations, which recruit volunteers from their membership, and the VA in the selection, screening and placement of volunteers in the nationwide VA Voluntary Service program. The volunteer program supplements the medical care and treatment of veteran patients in all VA medical centers.
Privacy Act Information
The information requested on this form is solicited under the authority of 38 U.S.C. 513 and will be used in the selection and placement of potential volunteers in the VA Voluntary Service Program. The information you supply may be disclosed outside VA as permitted by law; possible disclosures include those described in the "routine uses" identified in the VA system of records 57VA125 Voluntary Service Records-VA, published in the Federal Register in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974. The routine uses include disclosures: in response to court subpoenas, to report apparent law violations to other Federal, State or local agencies charged with law enforcement responsibilities, to service organizations, employers and Unemployment Compensation Offices to confirm volunteer service, and to congressional offices at the request of the volunteer. Disclosure of the information is voluntary, however, failure to furnish the information will hamper our ability to arrange the most satisfactory assignment for you and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Disclosure of the Social Security number is voluntary. The number will be used in the identification or records.
About Donations to VA
VA medical center directors have authority to accept gifts pursuant to 38 USC 8301 and VHA Handbook 4721 for the general benefit of the medical center and the Veterans we serve. The Chief of Voluntary Service at each VA medical center may accept gifts that benefit the facility and its patients except for gifts for research and education. Donations provide Veteran patients with many essential services and programs that otherwise would not be available to them, such as transportation services, social service assistance, rehabilitation equipment, recreation programs, activities, homeless Veteran's services, holiday gifts, phone cards and many other options. Your donations are 100 percent tax deductible and all administrative costs for VA are already appropriated by Congress, so you can be assured your entire donation is going directly to support Veterans in the way you choose.
VA Voluntary Service (VAVS) is following revised protocols in accepting volunteers and donations during the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic. All donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (i.e., masks, gloves, gowns, face shields) must be evaluated and approved by a medical center director-appointed infection control committee designee or group, before entering the facility supply chain.
All donations of handmade masks should also be evaluated by the appointee identified above, and if approved the items must be sanitized and distributed with direction as to their use, with explicit clarification that handmade masks are not considered PPE.
All donations will be processed through the Office of Voluntary Service in accordance with VHA Directive 4721 to ensure consistent tracking and acknowledgment of COVID-19 donations.
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