Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are found in the Medical Center, Nursing Home Care Unit, and our Community-Based Outpatient Clinics.  Our goal is to meet the needs of our veterans while meeting your interests, skills, and talents as a volunteer. Opportunities are categorized in the following areas:

  • Clerical -volunteers provide administrative support to departments such as data entry, answering phones, running errands, assisting with department-specific projects.
  • Clinical-Volunteers are trained to interact with veteran patients such as reading, listening, and socializing with patients, feeding patients during mealtime, writing letters on behalf of the patient, and much more!
  • Community -Volunteers serve as a liaison for the incoming community (patients, visitors) and assist them with finding their way throughout the Medical Center.

Volunteer Benefits
There are many benefits offered to volunteers, including meal tickets to those who work a 4-hour shift or longer.  In addition, hours of service pins, awards, and certificates are awarded to adults and youth volunteers.All volunteers are recognized by the Philadelphia VA Medical Center during National Volunteer Recognition Week and are invited to a luncheon in the spring.

Time Commitment
While any time you are able to give to our veterans is valuable, we do ask for a minimum time commitment for all our volunteers. Minimum time commitment for adult volunteers is four (4) hours per week; for College students, three (3) hours per week, and for High School students, two (2) hours per week (afternoons only during the school year). If you are unable to serve the minimum time commitment, there are still other opportunities available. If your time availability only allows you to volunteer a few hours a month, we will categorize you as an occasional volunteer.  Opportunities are available at the Nursing Home Care Unit and the Evening Leisure Program hosted by Recreation Therapy.