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The Battle Creek VA Medical Center depends on the goodwill of our supporters. You can make a difference when you help us serve our Veterans.

Become a Volunteer


Battle Creek VA Medical Center depends on the goodwill of our volunteers and benefactors to supplement our workforce, improve the workplace atmosphere, and make Veterans’ experiences more enjoyable.

We’ve compiled some resources here to help you get involved. However, if you have special skills to offer, please contact our Community and Volunteer Service office at so we can discuss how you can best use your talents to help our patients.

About Volunteering

The Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) program's one of the largest volunteer programs in the Federal government. Our mission is to enhance the Veterans’ healthcare experience through utilization of volunteers and donations.

The generosity of the volunteer’s time allows us to provide many of the additional niceties that otherwise could not be accomplished by the paid staff on a day-to-day basis.

VAVS offers volunteer assignments that fulfill the volunteer’s desire to make a difference in a Veteran’s life. The VAVS program can be tailored to meet the volunteer needs of an individual, student, family, large group or corporation.

Volunteer Opportunities

We have many volunteer opportunities for you, your family, friends and co-workers. Assignments may vary but your involvement can make a real difference in the life of a Veteran patient. Below are a few volunteer opportunities, for more options contact the Community and Volunteer Service.


Greet patients and visitors, provide directions and information to guests.


Provide military honors at Veteran funeral services. 


Provide transportation for patients to their medical appointments in Battle Creek from Benton Harbor and Niles, MI, and Wyoming, MI, to Muskegon, MI. Other locations are also available. 


Provides comfort and support to terminally ill Veterans and their families.


Office Support Assistant, Recreation Assistant, Hobby/Craft/Music Volunteer, Cookie Baker, Pet Therapy Assistant, Coffee Room Server, and Greenhouse Assistant.

Requirements for Becoming a Volunteer

We welcome individuals of all backgrounds and abilities. Because of the nature of care being delivered at our VA, all volunteers are carefully screened and individually matched to their assignments.

The potential volunteer is required to complete the following:

  • Interview
  • Volunteer Application
  • Background Investigation
  • General Orientation
  • Job Specific Competencies
  • COVID-19 vaccinations and Influenza vaccination

This process is not only meant to ensure the safety and well being of our Veterans and their families but provide a successful volunteer experience as well.

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Increase your physical and mental activity
  • Improve your physical and mental health
  • Extend your life
  • Make new friends
  • Be part of a team
  • Feel needed, make a positive impact
  • Gain a sense of pride, satisfaction, and achievement
  • Share your skills
  • Give back – contribute to society
  • Fulfill your civic duty
  • Serve those who have served our country
  • Set the example for family, friends and co-workers
  • Explore career paths
  • Learn new skills
  • Build your resume
  • Earn volunteer hours

Contact Us

If you are interested in volunteering or would like more information about volunteering, contact the Community and Volunteer Service staff at the address or phone number below:

Battle Creek VA Medical Center
Community and Volunteer Service
5500 Armstrong Rd
Battle Creek, MI 49037

Wyoming VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic
Community and Volunteer Service
5838 Metro Way SW
Wyoming, MI 49519
ext. 30563

Volunteer opportunities are also available at our Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Muskegon, Lansing, and Benton Harbor. 

How Can You Help?

Battle Creek VA Medical Center accepts In-Kind donations of specific items that are needed for the comfort and enjoyment of our Veteran patients while they are receiving care at any one of our facilities. View the In-Kind Donations section below for a list of ongoing in-kind donation needs for our Veteran patients.

Monetary donations are used to support a variety of patient activities and services throughout the Battle Creek VA Medical Center. When making a monetary donation, the donor is asked to specify how they would like their contribution to be utilized in support of our hospitalized Veterans. View the Monetary Donations section below for a list of fund accounts that are always in need of support to benefit Veteran patients.

Checks should be made payable to:
Battle Creek VA Medical Center

Mail checks to:
Battle Creek VA Medical Center
Community and Volunteer Service (135)
5500 Armstrong Road
Battle Creek, MI 49037

E-Donate is an online donation option that allows you to select from a number of accounts that are designated to support the specific needs of Veteran patients throughout the Battle Creek VA Medical Center. Donations can be made by credit card, debit card or electronic funds transfer. The actual donation is made through a secure site at the U.S. Department of Treasury.

A minimum of $5.00 is required for all online donations through E-Donate. Visit the E-Donate page to make a donation online.

Monetary Donations

General Post Fund Accounts

1002 General Purpose Fund

1003 Christmas Fund

1004 Personal Care Items Fund

1005 Recreation Fund

1006 DAV Auxiliary Gardens Fund

1007 Substance Abuse Treatment Unit Fund

1008 Religious Projects Fund

1010 Remember-A-Vet Fund

1012 Domiciliary Fund

1014 Inpatient Mental Health Unit Fund

1015 Battle Creek and Lansing Coffee Fund

1016 Homeless Veterans Program Fund

1020 Specific Donations Fund

1021 Wyoming, Muskegon, and Benton Harbor Coffee Fund

1026 National Veterans Programs/Games Fund

1032 Volunteer Recognition Fund

1034 Outpatient Mental Health Programs Fund

1035 Palliative Care Unit Fund

1038 Blind Rehabilitation Fund

1039 Community Living Center Fund

1041 Military2VA Fund

1042 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Fund

For more information on the purpose of each fund, please call .

In-Kind Donations

  • New men’s t-shirts, boxers, briefs and socks (all sizes)
  • New coats/jackets
  • New sweats/sweat shirts (L-XL)
  • New men’s tennis shoes/boots (size 10-13)
  • Gym shorts
  • Bus passes for Grand Rapids, Battle Creek and Lansing public transit systems
  • DVD movies
  • Music CDs (all varieties of music)
  • Relaxation CDs
  • Composition notebooks
  • Toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Deodorant
  • Ethnic hair products
  • Body wash
  • Shaving cream
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • New or gently used backpacks (drawstring or regular) or duffel bags
  • Yoga mats (new)
  • Word searches/crosswords/Sudoku (larger print)
  • Paint by number kits/Small craft kits

    *No sample size personal care items are accepted. We do not accept used clothing, crocheted blankets, lap robes, or puzzles.