VISN 2: Volunteer News Fall 2013 - New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network
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New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network


VISN 2: Volunteer News Fall 2013

Albany Highlights




Gift bags from AMVETS
Veteran Volunteers event
Assemblymember Angelo Santabarbara (fourth from left) and local American Veterans (AMVETS) members distributed over 200 gift bags to Veterans. The gift bags included personal care items such as soap, shampoo and toothbrushes.

Volunteer Award
Veteran Volunteers event
Ed Carroll, an 11-year volunteer, was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award for volunteering over 4,000 hours in support of Veterans. He received the award during the volunteer recognition social held at Albany VA Medical Center.

Wish List
  • Cans of regular coffee, creamer and sugar
  • Crossword puzzle books (large print)
  • Gift cards for Walmart, Price Chopper or ShopRite
  • Shower shoes
  • Sweatpants and sweatshirts (all sizes)
  • T-shirts and underwear (all sizes)
  • iTunes gift cards

  • Please contact Jim Keller at (518) 626-5506 for additional information.

    Volunteer Opportunities
  • Canteen service
  • Clothing room
  • Companionship program
  • Disabled American Veteran (DAV) van drivers
  • Fisher House support
  • Lab courier
  • No Veteran Dies Alone - Hospice
  • Kiosk
  • Wheelchair escorts
  • Vocational program support
  • VA Voluntary Service office administ rative staff

  • Please contact Noney Grier at (518) 626-5507 for the most up-todate volunteer opportunities.

    Saturday, August 2
    Car Show Sponsored by
    Vietnam Veterans
    of America
    10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Employee Parking Lot

    Saturday, August 23
    Capital Region Veterans Stand Down
    8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Colonie Elks Lodge, Latham

    Tuesday, September 9
    VA Voluntary Service Committee Meeting

    1:00 p.m., Auditorium

    Friday, September 19
    POW/MIA Remembrance Day

    10:00 a.m., Auditorium



    Mixed Martial Arts Event
    Veteran Volunteers event
    Members of a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) organization visited with Albany Veterans and donated 30 tickets to attend an MMA event. The members also donated 50 t-shirts to Veterans.

    Volunteer Social
    Veteran Volunteers event
    More than 90 volunteers enjoyed a three-hour “Recognition Social” at the Albany VA Medical Center. The volunteers received awards for their service and enjoyed sandwiches, salads and an assortment of sweets during the event.

    Albany Youth Program
    Veteran Volunteers event
    Albany High School Seniors Emely Mejia (left) and Zaria Graham (second from right) presented a certificate of appreciation to Linda Weiss, Director Albany VA Medical Center (right), and Noney Grier, Voluntary Service Specialist (second from left), for their support to the Youth Volunteer Program.

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