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Sioux Falls VA Health Care System

 

Volunteer or Donate

Volunteer or Donate

The Sioux Falls VA Health Care System is committed to offering charitable giving and volunteer opportunities to individuals seeking meaningful ways of giving back to the nation’s Veterans.

Volunteering

Thank you for your interest in volunteering and honoring America’s heroes in this way. There are several steps required prior to becoming a VA volunteer. This process can take between 4-6 weeks. These steps include the following:

  1. Volunteer Application-Complete the application - form 10-7055
  2. Email the application to kristin.hendrickson@va.gov

OR

  1. Mail the completed form to Sioux Falls VA Health Care System

Voluntary Service (135)
2501 W. 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105-1305

  1. Voluntary Service will then contact you to schedule an interview and have your fingerprints taken. Please bring your driver’s license and either a passport, certified copy of birth certificate, social security card, or military ID card.  These must be presented for the fingerprints to be taken.
  2. Following clearance of your background check (7-10 work days), Voluntary Service will contact you for orientation. The session takes about 1.5 hours.  You may be scheduled for your photo ID the same day.  Bring the same two pieces of ID you did for the fingerprinting.
  3. You will also receive an initial TB inoculation and an influenza vaccination.  If you had either elsewhere in the past year, please bring a copy of the results.
  4. After orientation, you will be notified when you will be eligible to begin your volunteer assignment.  
                 

Giving

Cash donations are used for the comfort and welfare of Veterans, including personal hygiene products, refreshments and recreational activities.

Non-cash contributions are used to make inpatient and outpatient Veterans’ stays more enjoyable. Accepted items include cans of decaf coffee, coffee creamer, bags of individually wrapped chocolate or hard candy, sugar-free candy for Veterans undergoing chemotherapy or tray favors, kitchen and bathroom cleaning supplies for homeless Veterans, briefs, boxers, t-shirts and sweat pants and t-shirts. Needs List

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers provide many functions at the medical center and as drivers to help make Veterans’ time at the medical center more enjoyable. Volunteers serve in several areas, and we do our best to match your interests with one of our many opportunities. To volunteer, please contact Voluntary Service. We will be happy to give you an application or discuss how you can aid in the mission of serving America’s Veterans.

Bingo Assistant-assist in bingo set-up, escorting Veterans to and from bingo, help Veterans with playing their cards as needed, serve refreshments and call bingo numbers. Available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays each month from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Coffee Host/Hostess- provide coffee service to Veterans.

Community Living Center (CLC) Volunteer-assist in passing waters and snacks, help with stocking supplies, assist with pushing Veterans in wheelchairs to and from the dining room and play games or provide companionship to Veterans.

Craft Kit Volunteer-distribute craft kits to Veterans and assist them with completion. Available Thursdays and Fridays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and Thursdays and Fridays from 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Driver Volunteer for Adaptive Sports and Recreation Events-pick up Veterans for activities and provide transportation to and from the activity and drop Veterans off after the activity (Mainly Thursdays.) This does not require a CDL.

Game Assistant-assist in setting up games, escorting Veterans to/from games, play cards with Veterans. Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:30 a.m. -10:00 a.m. and M, W, F afternoons from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
 
Lab Volunteer-help Veterans sign in at the lab. Morning openings as needed.

My HealtheVet-assist Veterans who wish to learn to use the MyHealtheVet computer program; should have basic computer skills. We have openings Monday-Friday, both mornings and afternoons.

Patient Escort Volunteer-transport wheelchair patients to clinic appointments and deliver items between services within the medical center. Positions available between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. It involves a lot of walking and pushing of wheelchairs and carts.

Patient Visitation Volunteer-visit inpatients on the CLC wards who get few visitors, read the paper, play table games, watch TV with them. Available afternoons, evenings and weekends.

Patriot Café Volunteer-wipe down tables in the cafeteria, stock condiments, assist in getting customer trays to the tables. Opportunities Mondays - Fridays for 2-3 hours in the morning.

Pharmacy Volunteer-give filled prescription packages to patients at the window and assist in labeling bottles, etc.

Physical Therapy-assist staff with patient exercises in the rehab department, wipe equipment and transport patients back to their wards. 

Red Coat Ambassador-provide a standard first impression to Veterans, caregivers and families. Consists of greeting, providing information and directions. Escort Veterans in wheelchairs and other individuals to their destinations. Assist Veterans with the kiosks. Assist in keeping the front desk and waiting room areas clean. This position involves walking longer distances and pushing wheelchairs. Afternoon openings!

Snoezelen Cart Volunteer-transport the cart to a patient’s rooms who is interested in relaxing sounds and sights. Some training is required.  Available Mondays to Fridays from 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Volunteer driver- transport Veterans to the Sioux Falls VA or CBOCs.

Occasional Volunteer opportunities: (certification not necessary)

Last Roll Call Service of Remembrance- make coffee, set- up the food table and serve refreshments.  This is quarterly for about 2 hours.

Provide entertainment in patient dining rooms, music, magic, etc.

Veterans Day-assist in pushing wheelchair Veterans at Washington High School for the program.


For more information, call 605-333-6851 or e-mail kristin.hendrickson@va.gov.  Or call 605-333-6806 or e-mail raymond.vail@va.gov.  Many positions have additional duties that can be discussed during interviews.

Individuals accepted into the Voluntary Services program as a regularly scheduled volunteer must pass fingerprinting background check, have current TB test and flu shot on file, and complete New Volunteer Orientation prior to beginning volunteer status. 

Individuals interested in volunteer driver programs, in addition to the above, must pass background checks on driving record and have a physical examination performed at this facility.

Contact

Sioux Falls VA
Voluntary Service (135)
2501 W. 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57117-5046
605-333-6851

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