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VA Maryland Health Care System

 

Volunteer

Voluntary Service Mission
Volunteer Opportunities
Benefits of Volunteering
How Do I Get Started?
• Requirements to Volunteer
Where Can I Volunteer?
Contact Us
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Voluntary Service Mission

The VA Maryland Health Care System, which includes the Baltimore and Perry Point VA Medical Centers, the Loch Raven VA Medical Center and six community based outpatient clinics, benefits from the services of over 1,300 community volunteers who contribute more than 110,000 hours of service each year to support the needs of our Veteran patients and staff. Volunteers of all ages and life experiences provide many important functions throughout the health care system to help make the stay of our Veteran patients more enjoyable. The mission of the Voluntary Service Program is to honor America’s Veterans as heroes by providing the highest quality health care with the support of community volunteers.

Volunteer Opportunities

As a volunteer, you can experience meaningful assignments throughout the VA Maryland Health Care System. We will assist you in finding an assignment based on your skills, needs and desired level of involvement. Assignments include:

  • Caregiver Support – provides visitation and support to Veterans in their home.
  • Clerical Assistant – answers telephones, assists with filing, scanning and copying of documents, sorts and delivers mail, prepares correspondence and assists with data entry.
  • Coffee Cart – serves coffee to patients waiting for scheduled clinic appointments.
  • Escort Service – assists with the internal transportation of patients to various testing and therapy areas.
  • Hospice Assistant – provides friendly support, companionship and a listening ear for hospice patients.
  • Information Desk – provides general information and directional assistance to patients, family members and visitors.
  • Patient Driver – drives patients to and from their scheduled clinic appointments.
  • Patient Greeter – welcomes patients and visitors and provides directional assistance.
  • Patient Visitor – visits inpatients to read to them, assist them with letter writing and provide general companionship.
  • Pharmacy Aid – assists pharmacy staff by assembling bottles, stocking shelves and running errands.
  • Receptionist – greets patients and visitors, answers phones and disseminates information.
  • Recreation Assistant – conducts a variety of diversional recreation and leisure activities for patients.
  • Specialty Visitation – visits patients and distributes gifts during special occasions and holidays.

There are many other volunteer opportunities throughout our health care system. We want your volunteer experience to be as rewarding for you as it is for us. Our goal is to assist you in finding an assignment that most closely fits your special talents.

Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteering at the VA Maryland Health Care System offers many wonderful benefits, including:

  • Serve those who served – our Nation’s Veterans
  • Explore career fields in a health care environment
  • Obtain new job skills and hands-on experience
  • Earn community service hours towards school requirements
  • Receive a free lunch (when volunteering four hours or more and during lunch)
  • Access to free parking
  • Access to free flu shots
  • Access to free training classes
  • Receive awards for cumulative hours of service
  • Make a difference by giving back to others

How Do I Get Started?

To get started as a volunteer, you first need to complete an Application Package for Voluntary Service. You can obtain a copy of the Application Package by contacting one of our Voluntary Service Offices. The Application Package includes an Application for Voluntary Service, a Declaration of Federal Employment (which is required because you will be considered a “without compensation employee” as a volunteer for the VA Maryland Health Care System) and an ID Card Request Form. Please complete each of the three forms in their entirety and mail them to the appropriate Voluntary Service Office listed below where you would like to serve as a VA volunteer.

Voluntary Service Offices:

Baltimore VA Medical Center
Voluntary Service (BT/135)
10 North Greene Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Phone: (410) 605-7100

Loch Raven VA Medical Center
Voluntary Service (LR/135)
3900 Loch Raven Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
Phone: (410) 605-7000, ext. 5877

Perry Point VA Medical Center
Voluntary Service (PP/135)
Perry Point, Maryland 21902
Phone: (410) 642-1038

After you have completed and returned all three forms that are part of the Application Package for Voluntary Service, you will be contacted by a Voluntary Service staff member to be scheduled for an interview and fingerprinting as part of the background check process.

Requirements to Volunteer

The following are the requirements to get started as a volunteer with the VA Maryland Health Care System:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older for adult volunteers, and 14 to 17 years of age for youth volunteers
  • Complete an Application Package for Voluntary Service and an interview with a Voluntary Service staff member
  • Youth volunteers must present a copy of their birth certificate and have a parent or guardian sign their Application for Voluntary Service
  • Pass the background check process after being fingerprinted
  • Provide a government issued identification (i.e. driver’s license, passport, etc.)
  • Commit to 100 hours of service for adult volunteers, and 75 hours for youth volunteers
  • Complete a health screening and TB test
  • Complete a general volunteer orientation class
  • Complete assignment area training
  • Wear a VA identification card and uniform

Where Can I Volunteer?

There are volunteer opportunities at the following VA Maryland Health Care System inpatient facilities and outpatient clinics located throughout the state:

Inpatient Facilities

Community Based Outpatient Clinics

Contact Us

For more information about how to get started as a volunteer or the various volunteer opportunities that are available throughout the VA Maryland Health Care System, please contact one of our Voluntary Service Offices:

Voluntary Service Offices:

Baltimore VA Medical Center
Voluntary Service, Room 6A-168A
10 North Greene Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Phone: (410) 605-7100

Loch Raven VA Medical Center
Voluntary Service, Room 124
3900 Loch Raven Boulevard
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
Phone: (410) 605-7000, ext. 5877

Perry Point VA Medical Center
Voluntary Service, Building 15H, Room 214
Perry Point, Maryland 21902
Phone: (410) 642-1038

Contact

Baltimore VA Medical Center
6A-163
800-463-6295 Ext. 7100

Loch Raven VA Community Living & Rehabilitation Ce
Room 124
800-463-6295 Ext. 5877

Perry Point VA Medical Center
800-949-1003 Ext. 1038

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Video: Volunteer Opportunities

Screenshot: Male volunteer puhsing a male Veteran patient in a wheelchair.

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