VISN 2: Volunteer News Winter 2015 - New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network
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New York/New Jersey VA Health Care Network


VISN 2: Volunteer News Winter 2015

Albany Highlights
Veteran Volunteers event
Vietnam Veterans of America VVA presented a check to Linda Weiss, Director Stratton VA Medical Center, to support the holiday fund, which provides recreational activities as well as special events for Veterans in long term and residential care. VVA hosts an annual car show at VA which helps to support important activities and comfort items throughout the year.


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

    Please contact Jim Keller at (518) 626-5506 for additional information.
    Volunteer Opportunities
  • Canteen service
  • Clothing room volunteers
  • Companionship program volunteer
  • Disabled American Veteran (DAV) van drivers
  • Fisher House support
  • Lab courier
  • No Veteran Dies Alone - Hospice
  • Kiosk volunteers
  • Wheelchair escorts
  • Vocational program support
  • Voluntary Service office administrative staff

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


       Wednesday, December 3
       American Legion Auxiliary Holiday
       Gift Program

       9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

       Tuesday, December 9
       Director’s Holiday Party

       2:00 p.m., 3rd Floor Auditorium

       Wednesday, December 24
       Operation Jingle Bells,
       Jewish War Veterans Post 105
       3:00 p.m.



    Veteran Volunteers event
    Former Prisoners of War were honored by the medical center during the annual POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony. The event was very well attended by VA staff, Veterans groups, dignitaries, and elected officials.

    Veteran Volunteers event
    Cliff Darfler (center), 34-year volunteer, received a 10,000 Hour Award presented by Linda Weiss (left), Director Stratton VA Medical Center, and James Keller (right), Voluntary Service Chief. Over the years Cliff has volunteered in various areas of the hospital and served as a faithful volunteer with the Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard. He has also dedicated much of his time to working with Veterans in the behavioral health unit.

    Veteran Volunteers event
    Mixed Gender Basketball Association players visited the Community Living Center residents for a friendly game of basketball.

    Veteran Volunteers event
    The Army’s Spirit of America performed for Veterans in the lobby and in the Community Living Center.

    Veteran Volunteers event
    In honor of the Navy’s 239th birthday, Navy personnel served cake, and spent quality time with fellow Veterans.

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