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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

One way to assist us in helping to meet the increasing needs of our Veterans is through donations. We accept monetary and non-monetary items with all donations received being tax-deductible.

Cash donations are used for the comfort and welfare of Veterans, including the newspaper, refreshments, recreational activities and transportation needs.
Non-cash contributions are used to make inpatient and outpatient Veterans’ visits more enjoyable. Accepted items include phone cards, mattress protection covers, new socks, new boxers and briefs, rolls of quarters for Bingo and generic gift cards for Veteran outings and activities. We accept magazines that are less than three months old and new or gently used books; however, we do not accept romance novels. Needs List

Have you heard about E-donate? The service allows community members who wish to give back to Veterans a quick, safe way to pledge their support online. You choose the medical center, the amount, and the account.

Bingo Assistant-assist in Bingo setup, escorting Veterans to and from bingo, help Veterans play 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.

Chaplain Service Volunteer – assist in transporting Veterans in wheelchairs to and from the Chapel for Sunday Services. Available Sundays from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.

Community Living Center (CLC) Volunteer-assist in passing water 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. Openings Monday-Friday, mornings and afternoons.

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 p.m.-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).

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 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 2:00 p.m-3:30 p.m.

Kiosk Volunteer-greet and guide Veterans to check in using kiosks. Opportunities available Monday-Friday 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. - 3:00 p.m. It involves a lot of walking and pushing of wheelchairs and carts.

Patient Survey/Visitation Volunteer-assist Veterans by reading the patient surveys or writing down Veteran answers on the survey. 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 available Monday-Friday mornings.                                                                                                                                         

Piano Volunteer-play the piano for Sunday morning services for Veterans. Available Sundays from 10 a.m. – 12 noon.                                                                                                                   

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 rooms of patients who are interested in relaxing sounds and sights. Some training is required. Opportunities Mondays-Fridays, mornings and afternoons.  

Volunteer driver-transport Veterans to VA or CBOCs. We especially need drivers in the Sioux City/Dakota Dunes area.

Occasional Volunteer opportunities: (certification not necessary)

Last Roll Call Service of Remembrance Volunteer- making coffee, setting up the food table and serving refreshments. This takes place quarterly for about two hours.

Provide entertainment-music, magic, etc.

Veterans Day-assist in pushing Veterans in wheelchairs for the annual 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, a background check, have current TB test and flu shot on file, and attend 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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