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VA Puget Sound Health Care System

 

Volunteer or Donate

VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS) provides many services to the Veterans in the region. Through the generosity of our donors and volunteers we can supplement these services and increase the quality of care to America’s heroes.

Volunteers are an integral part of the health care system provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. They are a valuable supplemental addition to the staff and are considered “without compensation” (WOC) employees of the hospital. VAPSHCS Voluntary Service manages both volunteers and the hospital donation program.

At A Glance

  • Approximately 1000 regularly scheduled volunteers assist patients and staff annually
  • Volunteers donate over thousands of hours of service per year across our main hospitals, community based outpatient clinics, and the Tahoma National Cemetery
  • Areas of the hospital to benefit from volunteers include: escort and shuttle drivers, information desks, nursing, ambulatory care clinics, chaplain service, nutrition and food service, social work, prosthetics service, the blind rehabilitation service, recreation therapy, and many more!
  • Over $1 million in monetary and non-monetary donations are received each year from individuals, groups, service organizations, and corporate sponsors
  • Voluntary Service receives and acknowledges all donations and is responsible for the management and distribution of all goods and funds.

Volunteer

Volunteers provide many important functions throughout the hospital and help make our patients' stay more enjoyable. Volunteers can perform several services, with their talents closely matched with one of our many assignments.

Prior to volunteering, interested persons must:

  • Be 18 years old (a youth program for students 15-17 is provided during the summer months only)
  • Undergo a background/fingerprint screening
  • Receive a TB test
  • Complete an application and attend orientation  
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  • For more information about volunteering, please e-mail: PUGVoluntaryService@va.gov. You may download the volunteer application packet (see below), or pick one up at either the Seattle or American Lake Voluntary Service office.
  • Voluntary Service does not oversee internships, students seeking academic credit, or individuals seeking to observe/shadow medical personnel.

Application Packet [link to document VAPSHCS-VolunteerApplicationPacket]

(Note: You must submit all forms above to Voluntary Service)

Groups interested in providing service at VA Puget Sound should complete the Group Application [link to document VolunteerGroups-ApplicationGuidelines] and return it to the Voluntary Service office.  

Donate

Monetary and non-monetary donations are used for the comfort and welfare of our Veterans. Just as the gift of time from a volunteer is needed, non-monetary items such as personal care items are also appreciated. Our list of needs changes frequently, so please contact us to discuss accepted donations. Voluntary Service is responsible for providing safe and clean donations to our Veterans. Items that do not meet these criteria will be refused.

Comfort Items we are currently accepting can be found here: Comfort Items Needs List [link to document VAPSHCS-ComfortItemsNeeds]

Monetary donations are essential in providing supplemental services to our Veterans. Donated funds may be deposited in our General Purpose Account, or may be specified for a particular area:

  • General Purpose for the benefit of patients
  • Social Work Service
  • Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders
  • Oncology / Bone Marrow Transplant Unit
  • Veterans Centers in the VA Puget Sound Area
  • Homeless Program
  • Blind Rehabilitation
  • Multiple Sclerosis Program
  • Fisher House
  • Transition & Care Management (Returning Service Members, Post 9/11 Veterans)
  • Polytrauma
  • Other programs not listed can receive specific (earmarked) donations too! Contact the Voluntary Service office (206-764-2195) for information.

Donations

Monetary donations may be dropped off in our office or sent to:
VA Puget Sound Health Care System
Voluntary Service (S-135)
1660 South Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108

Make checks payable to:
VA Puget Sound

Online donations are accepted through:

Link above image to: https://www.pay.gov/paygov/forms/formInstance.html?agencyFormId=50811370

This option is a safe, simple way to pledge your support to our Veterans.

 

Voluntary Service

Seattle Division
1660 South Columbian Way
Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 764-2195


American Lake Division
9600 Veterans Drive
Tacoma, WA 98493

 

 

Fax: 206-764-2099

E-Mail: PUGVoluntaryService@va.gov

 

Contact

Voluntary Service Office
American Lake
253-583-1054
pugvolunteer@va.gov

Voluntary Service Office
Seattle
206-764-2195
pugvolunteer@va.gov

E-Donate
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Videos

Volunteer PSA video.