January 1, 2018 – Join our host, Bob Leins, as he welcomes Sabrina Clark, Director of Voluntary Service for the Department of Veterans Affairs and Laura Balun, volunteer, VA retiree, and former Director of Voluntary Service. As we quickly approach Veterans Day, we would like to highlight the opportunities to honor the sacrifice and service of Veterans through philanthropic activities in collaboration with VA’s Voluntary Service Program.
VA Voluntary Service (or VAVS) is one of the largest volunteer programs in the Federal government. Last fiscal year, VA had more than 78,000 active volunteers who served more than 9.4 million hours on behalf of Veterans. Additionally, VA received more than $75,000 in gifts and donations from individuals, Veterans Service Organizations, business/corporate entities, foundations, and individual donors to bring services and programs to veterans that would otherwise be unavailable.
VAVS Mission: To supplement the care and services provided to veterans through the strategic utilization of volunteers and donations.
VAVS Vision: To inspire community and civic engagement on behalf of America’s veterans.
Today’s discussion will include:
What can volunteers do in VA?
How are donations used to help Veterans?
What is the experience like for volunteers?
How are assignments made for people interested in volunteering?