Our volunteer hours equal more than 3,000 full-time employees, a value that exceeds $7.5 million. We are recognized by the Secretary of the United States Veterans Affairs each year for outstanding contribution to the quality of life for our veterans in VA Medical Centers.
American Legion Auxiliary Call to Service Corps VISTA Project This project took volunteering for the Auxilliary to a new level. Poverty and homelessness – these are two national scourges which disproportionately affect veterans and their families. In the summer of 2009, the American Legion Auxiliary launched its Call to Service Corps VISTA Project, a first step toward finding solutions to remedy these problems. The Auxiliary was assigned 17 AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members through the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency. Learn More...
Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service ProgramThis level of volunteering requires training and is coordinated through Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. The American Legion Family proudly supports VAVS and encourages its members to raise their volunteer commitment to this level. Contact the VAVS Program Manager at the VA Facility near you.
VAMC Volunteers (Senior Members)VA Medical Center volunteers are essential to the successful operation of any VAMC program. These volunteers supplement the work of the Medical Center staff filling key roles and making valuable contributions that enhance focus on patient care. They provide compassion to veteran health care.
VolunTeens (Up to Age 18)
In 1959, the ALA created what is now known as the VolunTeen program. Open to students 18 and under who are Junior members of the ALA, Sons of The American Legion, and nonaffiliated youth, these young people have an opportunity to volunteer in a VAMC or wok with a senior volunteer in Field Service.
Field and/or Home Service Volunteers
Field Service includes any service provided to a sick or injured veteran outside a VAMC, assisting with a veteran's burial, or gravesite upkeep. Home Service involves volunteering your time sewing, doing computer research, or shopping for active-duty military/veterans and/or their families who are not related to you.
Non-ALA Member Volunteers
Non-ALA members are welcome to become VAMC volunteers having their hours counted to the benefit of the Auxiliary. If you have a friend who is not eligible for ALA membership but would like to volunteer with you, by all means encourage her to join you in serving our veterans and in honoring their service to our country.
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