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Durham VA Medical Center


Volunteer or Donate

Volunteer Assignments
Volunteers are an invaluable resource for the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is impossible to calculate the amount of caring and sharing that volunteers provide to Veteran patients. They are a priceless asset to the Nation’s Veterans and to VA. Join our team of volunteers and give back to a Veteran today.

Volunteer Requirements:
All volunteers must undergo a federal background check prior to volunteering. There is a minimum of four hours per week and a six month commitment. All positions are available from 8 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday, except if noted.

Available Volunteer Opportunities:
Animal Assisted Therapy/Activities: Certified handlers and their dogs will provide therapeutic visits to the residents of the Community Living Center including the Hospice unit.

Cardiology: To assist with patient reminder calls. Opportunity is available any day but Wednesday.

Chaplain Service:
Escort wheelchair patients to and from Sunday morning services (Sundays 9:30 am - 11:30 am). Great position for professional folks requires a minimum of once a month.

Dialysis Unit: Assist with needs of the Dialysis Unit, including stocking items, visiting patients, performing clerical duties and running errands. Mondays are filled.

Emergency Department: Provide assistance in a fast paced Emergency Department working with healthcare providers and Veteran patients. This is a great opportunity for pre-medical students. Opportunities are available Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons.

Greenville Health Care Center: Please contact Voluntary Service at (252) 830-2149 x3228.

Hillandale Clinic: Serve as Ambassador and Greeter to our veterans entering the clinic. Greet and assist with Kiosk check in. Also, visit with Veterans while waiting for appointment during quiet times. Opportunities available any day but Wednesday.

Hospice Unit Volunteer: Visits with our hospice Veterans. Volunteer must have patience to visit with Veteran and assist at mealtime. Currently filled.

Information Desk: Monday shift is now open from 8 am - 2 pm. Volunteer must be patient and able to provide directions to all areas of the medical center.

Logistics: Assist with inventory barcoding. This volunteer opportunity requires a lot of standing and walking to areas in the medical center.

Logistics Distribution: Assists with stocking and delivering supplies. Must be able to lift and stand for extended periods in this position. Great position for all ages and a high need for medical center.

Mental Health Service Line: Patient call reminders. Volunteer opportunities are available on Fridays.

Nursing Unit Ambassador:
Volunteers are scheduled Monday - Friday from 8 am - noon or noon - 4 pm to serve as the volunteer ambassador on the Nursing unit. Volunteer assists with escorting patients, putting away stock, running errands, and other important duties as needed.

Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Services: Volunteer take specimens from accessioning to main core lab and places specimens in designated receptacles and retrieving specimens. Deliver samples and help stock with Phlebotomy and Blood drawing items.

Pharmacy: Assist Pharmacy staff.

Prosthetics Volunteer: Assist the Prosthetics staff with special equipment for our veteran patients by mailing out items and working with the inventory stock.

Public Affairs Office (My Life, My Story Writer): Volunteer conduct one-hour interviews with Veterans about their life experiences and write an 800-1000 word summary of the interview. The story is entered into the Veteran's official healthcare record to allow staff to develop a deeper understanding of the Veteran and provide more holistic care. Volunteer should possess strong writing/editing skills or a healthcare background.

Public Affairs Office (Web Design Volunteer): Volunteer assists Public Affairs Officer with creating an innovative and engaging web presence.

Public Affairs Office (Social Media Volunteer): Volunteer assists Public Affairs Officer with creating content for official social media platforms.

Research and Development:
Deliver and conduct inventory scanning for the Research department. Light lifting required.

Short Stay/4B Greeter/Helper: Greet patients admitted to the Short Stay 4B for same day surgery. Escort patient to their bed, provide instructions on use of bed, bed gown, call bell, pass out snacks to postoperative patients, and provide items requested by Veteran patient.

Volunteer Drivers needed for the following areas: Burlington, Morehead City, Eden, Roxboro, Smithfield/, Wilson Fayetteville, Greensboro, Jacksonville, New Bern, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Greenville areas are in great need. Please contact Voluntary Service for more information on the qualifications.

Voluntary Service: Volunteer comes in twice a month to organize and fold donations, and maintain Food Pantry shelves and clothing closet.

The new E-Donate service, now available online, allows community members who wish to give back to Veterans a quick, safe way to pledge their support. Through E-Donate, donors can select from a number of accounts across Durham VA Health Care System they wish to make a donation. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs administrative costs are appropriated so donors can be 100 percent confident their donations will go directly to the funds and Veteran patients they select. Click here to E-DONATE! 

Any monetary donation may be mailed to the below address or dropped by the Voluntary Service office located at B-1009. All checks should be made out to the Durham VA Medical Center. The intent for use should be provided on the memo line or via an attached letter. 

Durham VA Medical Center
Attention Voluntary Service (135)
508 Fulton Street
Durham, NC 2770

The following is a list of items for the comfort and welfare of our Veteran patients. At this time, there are limited items we are in need of and ask that all donations be restricted to the list of identified items. For the safety of our patients, all items must be new. Please contact Voluntary Service at (919) 286-0411 x7810 for specific questions regarding your desired donation. We are more than happy to assist you.

You may donate to any of the following specific funds: 

  1. Recreation Events (includes parties, outings and other special events for our Veteran patients)
  2. Emergency Welfare (This is a great need. The Emergency Welfare Fund assists Veterans with a onetime emergent need including travel, gas, food and or clothing)
  3. Greenville HCC (K cups, sugar creamer and other items for coffee program)
  4. Holiday Fund
  5. Hospice Fund
  6. General Purpose
  7. Women Veteran Needs
  8. Azalea Fund to assist with emergent needs for our OEF/OIF/ OND
  9. National Rehabilitation Events including Adaptive Winter Sports Clinic, Creative Arts Festival, Wheelchair Games and the Golden Age Games. Donations assist us in sending Veterans to these events including transportation and hotel costs.

Food Pantry

  • Hormel complete meals any variety including breakfast meals
  • Horizon milk (no refrigeration until opened)
  • Cereal individual packages or bowls
  • Postage stamps or envelopes with stamps on them
  • 12 ounce Styrofoam cups for our Hospice Unit
  • K cups coffee regular and decaffeinated for hospice family room assorted flavors (highly needed for Hospice unit)

HUD/VASH Program (helps provides permanent housing to Veterans) 

  • Queen size electric air mattresses with built in pumps (highly needed)
  • Queen size bed in a bag unisex
  • Bed pillows
  • Stick vacuums
  • Pot and pan sets/dishware sets/ silverware
  • Towel sets/shower curtain and rod/bathmats

Recreation Department

  • Movie gift cards to the Phoenix theater at Northgate Mall
  • Kroger or Food Lion gift cards for resident cooking group
  • Restaurant gift cards for outings i.e. TGI Fridays, Golden Corral etc.
  • Word Search Puzzle books, decks of cards and electronic games

Haircut Day
The third Wednesday of the month is HAIRCUT Day for our residents and Hospice Veterans. Haircuts cost $15.00 per Veteran. This is a new addition to Voluntary Service and is a great gift for a hospitalized Veteran.

Fresh Floral Arrangements
Fresh floral arrangements placed in the CLC dining room are a favorite among our patients, especially during the holiday and other fun days such as Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Father’s and Mother’s Day, and July 4.

Books and Magazines
We accept magazines no older than 6 months. We do not accept books.

We are always happy to assist you with your donations by meeting you by the front circle with a cart.   Please contact our office in advance so we are able to make arrangements to assist with the unloading. We request that boxed items weigh no more than 20 lbs each please.



Voluntary Service Office
Main Building, 1st Floor
919-286-0411 Ext. 7810

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