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We depend on the goodwill of our benefactors and volunteers who wish to give something back to America's heroes.
VA Begins "Summer of Service"
A new nationwide initiative - a "Summer of Service" – seeks the help of citizens in Delaware and southern New Jersey to create and build partnerships to grow the number of individuals and organizations serving Veterans here.
The Department has an outstanding volunteer program, which will be highlighted throughout the country this summer. VA will build upon the ongoing work of its more than 350,000 employees and 76,000 volunteers around the nation – and more than 350 committed volunteers at the Wilmington VAMC and our Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located in Delaware and southern New Jersey.
In an effort to improve the Veteran's customer service experience, VA has begun the most comprehensive reorganization in its history. The initiative, called MyVA, has been guided by ideas and recommendations from Veterans, employees and stakeholders.
"There is no mission more noble than serving Veterans and their families. At VA, we constantly strive to improve the way we do our job," said McDonald. "State by state, community by community, person by person, there are a number of ways we can all come together to serve Veterans. From expanded partnerships with the private sector and non-profit organizations, to accelerating hiring, to celebrating the commitment of VA employees and volunteers – we need the help of communities everywhere to succeed."
Volunteers provide many important functions throughout the Medical Center 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.
Volunteer Orientation is held in our Auditorium the third Tuesday of each month from 9:15am to 3:30pm. Class size is limited. As a potential volunteer, you may use our free valet parking. The entrance to the building when you use valet parking will bring you to the ground floor and the Auditorium will be on your right.
When registering to be a Volunteer, we ask that you make a commitment to volunteer 100 hours the first year. The suggested minimum volunteer time for each visit would be 4 hours, however, many choose to volunteer 6 or 8 hours, depending on your schedule.
To register as a Volunteer, fill out VA Form 10-7055 Application for Voluntary Service and click on the "Submit by E-mail" button to send it directly to our Voluntary Service. You may also print and fax the application to (302) 633-5584. We will be happy to receive your application and discuss how you can help us in our mission to provide comfort and care to America's veterans.
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 —
- welcome baskets with cleaning supplies for homeless Veterans moving into their new home
- personal hygiene - "spa" baskets for female Veterans
If you or your organization is considering donating an item not listed above, please contact Voluntary Service first to ensure the item is needed and can be used by the Medical Center.
The Medical Center is a public institution and must abide by state and federal regulations. Homemade food is prohibited; all food must be purchased by a commercial entity and remain in its original sealed packaging.