Today's military is an all volunteer military and every year thousands of young men and women sign on the dotted line stating that they will go into harm's way to protect the freedoms that all Americans enjoy. They serve in a fashion that many Americans are not able to do so physically, or they choose not to.
Just like the military, the VA Voluntary Service office relies on volunteers, out motto is "Serving Those Who Have Served" because it is considered an honor to give back to our veterans that have sacrificed so much. VA Volunteering goes back more than 60 years, and though times have changed, the need for volunteers remain.
So you want to volunteer, but how? We have two types of volunteers, regular and occasional. Occasional volunteers are individuals that only come in for special events three or four times a year. This may include potential new volunteers that just want to come in a couple of times to assure that the assignment fits them.
Our regular volunteer program is designed for individuals that have decided to commit to a regular schedule to volunteer which can vary from a couple days per week to a few hours every other week. The amount of time a volunteer comes in is based on the assignment and what they have available for time.
Our regular volunteers have more responsibilities than the occasional volunteers so there are some requirements that must be met before volunteering which includes:
- Interview and general Voluntary Service orientation
- Background check
- Tuberculosis (TB) test
- Mandatory training on infection control, fire and patient safety
- Other specific assignments based training
- Personal Identification Card
Once all of the requirements are complete, you will be on your way as a VA Volunteer carrying on a great tradition "Serving those who have served".
To start the volunteer process, please reach out to us in any of the following ways:
Call: (207) 621-4886 or toll free at 1-877-421-8263, ext. 4886.
Come see us in person at:
Togus VA Medical Center
Voluntary Service Office, Building 205, 3rd Floor
1 VA Center
Augusta, ME 04330