Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC
Summer of Service
VA Begins “Summer of Service” to Bolster Volunteer Assistance for Veterans
Calls Upon Individuals, Organizations and Communities to Serve Veterans in Nationwide Effort
Philadelphia, PA — A new nationwide initiative – a “Summer of Service” – seeks the help of citizens in the Philadelphia and South Jersey area to create and build partnerships to grow the number of individuals and organizations serving Veterans here. The Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center is renewing its commitment to Veterans by inviting the community to visit and explore opportunities to serve Veterans during an open house, the week of June 28.
In the coming weeks, the Crescenz VAMC will be working closely with Congressional partners, Veterans service organizations, mayors and local communities, private sector and non-profit organizations, and VA employees to identify new and innovative ways to support VA’s commitment to care for those who “have borne the battle” and their families.
As part of VA’s Summer of Service, the Crescenz VAMC, Philadelphia Regional Office and Washington Crossing National Cemetery will host a joint open house and town hall at the Medical Center on June 30 from 3 to 6 p.m., 3900 Woodland Avenue, in Room 7A141, to spur increased local engagement and welcome members of the community interested in supporting the needs of Veterans. VA has also established the following goals to achieve by Labor Day:
· Increasing the number of volunteers: Committed to engaging with 100,000 volunteers nationwide to support care and benefits programs and local events. At the Medical Center, those interested in getting a preview of volunteering before making a long-term commitment are welcome to schedule a time to visit with Veterans, host an activity, assist with an event, and/or discuss ways of giving back to Veterans via time or donations.
· Increasing Community Partners: Committed to expanding current agreements to provide services and support reaching more than 15,000 Veterans and family.
· Recruiting Medical Professionals: Hiring clinicians and clinical support staff to further expand access to care and homelessness.
· Congress: Host Congressional Members and Staffs at VA facilities across the country.
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 the 550 volunteers at the Crescenz VAMC, Regional Office and Washington Crossing Cemetery. While the central focus of the campaign will be increasing volunteerism and partnerships, it will also provide individuals and communities an opportunity to support other important priorities. Despite a hiring effort that brought more than 11,000 net-new employees onboard over the past year, VA still needs more health care providers, claims specialists, medical support assistants, and cemetery directors to continue to expand needed services. VA’s partners can help by getting the word out this summer.
In the last year, the Medical Center has continued to improve access for veterans including renovations allowing for increased capacity and staffing, and expanded clinic hours. 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.
Volunteers can help serve Veterans by visiting http://www.volunteer.va.gov/ to find out the needs of your local VA facility. Follow #VASummerOfService on Vantage Point, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and join VA in caring for America’s Veterans. In addition, check out the local Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PhiladelphiaVAMC .