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Volunteer or donate

Whether a Veteran needs clothes, food, recreation or human connection, VA’s Center for Development & Civic Engagement (CDCE) serves as a vital resource and lifeline helping countless Veterans and their families. Formerly known as Voluntary Service and dating back to 1946, CDCE is the branch of VA that funnels donations directly into the hands of Veterans in need.

Center for Development and Civic Engagement (CDCE) works with the local community and donors from various organizations to provide more resources and funds to enhance the Veteran’s Experience. CDCE does what they can to find a way to say, “YES” to better serve those who have served.

CDCE coordinates volunteers and donations to run the food pantry, provide Veterans with transportation to their appointments, assists with Produce for a Purpose and more. All of this couldn’t be done without the volunteers who help run these programs. When you become a part of CDCE, you become a part of the impact, you become a part of the solution, and most importantly you become a part of the experience.

Make a donation

For those who want to donate to CDCE, the office is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Building 258, Room 124 on the West LA VA campus.

Donations are accepted between 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and can also be made online.

To donate by mail:

Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
VA Center for Development and Civic Engagement, Bldg. 258, Room 124
11301 Wilshire Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90073-1003

If you know of any outside organizations that would like to partner with CDCE or know of any volunteers who would like to donate their time, contact our team at 310-268-4350.

How to get involved

Interested in volunteering? Determine what area you would like to get involved in and reach out to your local VA Center for Development of Civic Engagement (CDCE) Specialists at 310-268-4350. They will help you find a volunteer role and begin the process for becoming a volunteer. This includes completing a volunteer packet, fingerprinting, TB testing, and taking specific classes for whichever area you would like volunteer with.


Pamela Keith

Chief of Center for Development & Civic Engagement

VA Greater Los Angeles health care

Phone: 310-478-3711 ext. 49472