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VA Northern Indiana Health Care System

 

National Volunteer Week

Honor Americas Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.

VANIHCS Volunteers deliver gifts to impatient Veterans.

By Erica Jones, Chief of VANIHCS Volunteer Service Department
Thursday, April 6, 2017

National Volunteer Week: A Call of Appreciation and to Serve

Every day, hundreds of appreciative citizens in our community join the thousands of their fellow volunteers across the country in thanking Veterans for their service by volunteering at VA Northern Indiana Health Care System.

Our volunteers vary in age, gender, income, education, race or ethnic background, but all of our volunteers share one thing in common – they are driven with a patriotic verve to use their unique talents and skills toward improving Veterans’ lives at our medical facility. The very root of their selfless service is sincere appreciation.

Here at VA Northern Indiana Health Care System, more than 510 volunteers provide more than 72,800 hours of service to Veterans and donated more than $274,500 to thank the Veterans in our community. These volunteers show up with arms wide open for tasks that range anywhere from driving Veterans to their appointments,  providing directions throughout the medical facility, assisting clinicians, or holding a Veteran’s hand at their bedside to keep them from being alone during trying times.

The reasons our volunteers give so selflessly of their time are as varied and diverse as this very special part of VA’s workforce. Many may enter our doors seeking experience for a resume, something to do after retirement, a way to keep up with fellow Veterans, or simply wanting to say thank you to a defender of their freedom.  However, most stay because giving of their time and service to these former Service-members gives them a purpose, opens a passion, or introduces them to the person they have always wanted to be.

National Volunteer Week is April 23-29. It is a time to recognize and thank today’s volunteers for their incredible efforts and inspiring actions. It is also a time to call everyone else in our community to serve those who served us first.

We have as many opportunities to volunteer as there are people willing to give of their time. In fact, we invite people to tell us how they want to use their unique interests and skills as a volunteer for the betterment of Veterans.  I encourage all of your readers to not only thank a volunteer today, but to listen to their stories, and think about joining the ranks of these remarkable champions of compassion among us.

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