VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Volunteer or Donate
Donations are accepted at all Voluntary Service Office sites. Our veterans are interested in the same things as the general public; NEW reading materials (no hardbacks, please), new or gently used clothing (men’s and women’s), caps or hats, new wallets or purses, belts, puzzles, games, reading glasses, canes, small portable appliances, CDs and DVDs (no VHS please) and hygiene materials (small shampoos, handwipes, etc.). Many special needs exist, please contact Voluntary Service for updates on current projects that need your support.
Voluntary Service is also the official depository for all donated funds to benefit veterans, as well as donations in general. As with all donations, suitability will be determined by using guidance developed by local leadership. Please call our office and ask for help if you're unsure about whether a donation can be used by our healthcare system.
Voluntary Service cannot provide pick up service or store large items. Please refer to community charities for large items or pickup services.
We've listed some of the ways you can volunteer below. However, if you have special skills to offer, please call us so we can discuss how you can best use your talents to help our patients.
Volunteer Van Drivers - Help pick-up outpatients receiving chemotherapy, dialysis, radiation therapy, and other outpatient appointments. To fill this role, you must have a current drivers license and automobile insurance and pass a physical exam. To inquire about volunteer van driver assignments, please contact Blas Barragan at (310)478-3711 ext. 49062.
Information Desk Volunteer - Help patients and visitors with information and clinic locations.
Parking Lot Golf Cart Drivers - Help outpatients in our large parking areas with access to the medical center. To fill this role, you must have a current drivers license.
Volunteer Office Assistant - Help different medical or administrative offices in the medical center. Duties include filing, answering phones, and greeting and directing patients.
Volunteer Menu Assistant - Help patients located in the Spinal Cord Injury Service with selective menus.
Volunteer Patient Reminder Caller - Help make phone calls to remind patients about their scheduled appointments. Open hours.
Discharge Patient Survey Caller - Call patients who have been discharged from the medical center and record their responses for a survey. Open hours.
Patient Escort Volunteers - Provide assistance with pushing patients in wheelchairs to their scheduled appointments. Open hours.
Hospitality Beverage Cart - Deliver beverages to outpatient clinics and waiting areas.
Amenity Relief Volunteer - Assist and support nursing staff on inpatient units providing amenities and special attention to patients as needed. Open hours.
Magazine / Book Cart - Sort donated magazines and books, and take the cart to designated waiting areas. Open hours.
Mail Room Assistant - Complete mail room projects and deliver mail to medical center departments. Open hours.