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VA St. Louis Health Care System


Volunteering with the VA St. Louis Health Care System

The VA St. Louis Health Care System invites you to become part of our health care team. The health care we provide at our hospitals and clinics would not be complete without people who volunteer their time to help those who have served our country. Whether you join the VA Voluntary Services to gain work experience or for personal satisfaction, your service will be rewarding and the veterans will benefit from the time you put into the program. 

Why volunteer?
Personal satisfaction
Personal enjoyment
Meeting new people
Knowledge of the medical field

We thank our volunteers by acknowledging the service they provide. Some benefits include:
Recognition awards ceremony
Emotional satisfaction from helping others
Free flu vaccinations when available
Meals provided when working more than 4 hours

Regular Scheduled Adult Volunteer Program
Program Requirements
Minimum 100 hours and 6 month commitment
Get fingerprinted for background investigation
Complete volunteer orientation
Obtain VA volunteer ID badge

The voluntary service office does not oversee or register internships/externships or any unpaid individual receiving academic credit. The VA does offer internship programs through other departments. The voluntary service office DOES NOT offer shadowing or any type of observing physicians or other medical personnel.

Who may volunteer?
Anyone over the age of 14 can apply to become a volunteer. Volunteers typically become involved as individuals or through an organization or community group. However, those between the ages of 14 and 17 must have parental consent. Minors must contact the Voluntary Service Office to receive the specialized volunteer application packet for people ages 14-17. After you attend orientation, our staff will assist you in starting your volunteer service at one of our medical centers or outpatient clinics. **Anyone wanting to volunteer must wait at least six (6) months from the day they were discharged from a hospital.  

Time requirements?
Any amount of time volunteered is valued throughout the VA St. Louis Health Care System. Diversity in service areas allows each volunteer to choose the area and number of hours that fit his or her schedule.

Volunteer with us
To find out more about our volunteer program and opportunities, please contact us. There are two forms that you will need to complete, the Volunteer Application(minors must contact us to get specialized forms) and the Volunteer Screening Form*and return to us.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at the VA and we look forward to hearing from you.

Volunteer opportunities are also available at the:
St. Louis (MO) Outpatient Clinic
Belleville (IL) Outpatient Clinic
St. Charles (MO) Outpatient Clinic
Washington (MO) Outpatient Clinic
Primary Care Team 1 Annex
St. Louis Vet Center
East St. Louis Vet Center

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