VA Maryland Health Care System
Voluntary Service News
Members of “Just BQuz We Care” Visit Hospitalized Veterans at the Perry Point VA Medical Center
“Just BQuz We Care,” a neighborhood group from Bowleys Quarters, Maryland, recently visited veteran inpatients at the Perry Point VA Medical Center. The group conducted a tabletop boat racing game with the hospitalized veterans, complete with prizes and snacks. For more information about serving as a regularly scheduled volunteer or scheduling a group, please contact Susan Kern, Program Manager for Voluntary Service, at 410-642-1136 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VAMHCS Celebrates National Salute to Veteran Patients 2014
Among the visits and gifts to patients during National Salute to Veteran patients, musical groups gave of their time and talents, including the U.S. Air Force Strolling Strings (Baltimore VAMC), the City Neighborhood High School Jazz Band (Loch Raven CLC) and the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps (Perry Point VAMC).
Volunteer of the Year 2012
|Upper left photo: Baltimore VAMCHS Volunteer of the Year, Peter Ward, accepts his award from VAMHCS Director Dennis H. Smith.
Lower right photo: Perry Point VAMC Volunteer of the Year, Mary Delores Savage (center), poses with Voluntary Service and AFGE staff.
Letter to the Editor
Hundreds of appreciative community members pay tribute to our nation’s Veterans for their service in the armed forces by volunteering at the VA Maryland Health Care System. These volunteers vary in age, gender, income, education, race and ethnic background, but they all have something in common: the drive and patriotic verve to use their unique talents and skills to improve the lives of Veteran patients at VA facilities across the state.
National Volunteer Week offered the opportunity to reflect on the civic traditions that make American communities great. It also provides the chance to recognize and thank today’s volunteers for their incredible efforts and inspiring actions. I encourage you to thank a volunteer today, to listen to their stories, and to consider joining the ranks of these remarkable champions of compassion among us. In Maryland, nearly 1,300 volunteers across the state provide more than 119,000 hours of service (worth more than $1.2 million in salary dollars) to our Veterans patients. Volunteers come with arms wide open for tasks that range anywhere from driving Veterans to their appointments, serving coffee in outpatient clinic waiting areas, providing directional assistance, to filing paperwork, answering phones, or holding a Veteran’s hand at their bedside.
Words cannot express the gratitude for all the exemplary services and support volunteers provide our Veterans on a regular basis. Simply put, volunteers make the VA Maryland Health Care System a better place through the service they provide our hospitalized Veterans each and every day, but also through the inspiration they provide our staff.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service program is one of the largest volunteer programs in the federal government. During fiscal year 2012, VA volunteers and organizations donated over 12 million hours of service and more than $87 million in gifts and donations for a total value of $353.1 million in volunteer giving.
To become a volunteer, visit our website at www.maryland.va.gov and click on the Volunteer & Give link under Resources. Or call the following numbers to speak to a Voluntary Service Specialist: in Baltimore, 1-800-463-6295, ext. 7100; at Loch Raven, call 1-800-463-6295, ext. 5877; or at Perry Point, call 1-800-949-1003, ext.1038.
Dennis H. Smith
Director of the VA Maryland Health Care System