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Volunteer or Donate

Lexington VA Health Care System depends on the goodwill of our supporters. You can make a difference when you help us serve our Veterans.

Become a volunteer

Lexington VA Health Care System best serves America's heroes with the goodwill of donors and volunteers. Volunteers provide much needed help throughout the health care system and make patients' experiences more enjoyable. Many different volunteer opportunities are available at both Sousley and Bowling campuses. 

To become a volunteer, fill out an application, then email to or mail

CDCE / Volunteer Service

1101 Veterans Drive

Lexington, KY 40502

 to the campus where you'd like to volunteer: Sousley or Bowling Campus. A volunteer specialist will contact you to schedule an interview. 

Benefits of Volunteering

In addition to supporting Veterans in your area, you'll enjoy the following benefits as a VA Volunteer:

Free Canteen meals during shifts of four hours or more

Free parking at your volunteer facility

Educational Opportunities

Free annual flu shots

Job skills development

Career exploration opportunities

Volunteer Duties

Whatever your interests, VA has volunteer opportunities for you. Our volunteer duties fall into three categories:

Recreational - focused on general support service

Clinical - focused on patient care

Operational - focused on logistical or administrative tasks

Library:  deliver books to patient rooms, and stock book racks

Escort: escort patients to various clinics for physical therapy or areas such as the chapel, recreation, and medical clinics

Recreation: assist with arts and crafts projects, play bedside games, assist field trips, show bedside movies, and therapists with other activities

Food and nutrition: help patients with completing or selecting menus and during meals (opening containers, cutting food into bite-sized portions, feeding patients)

Chaplain: escort patients to the chapel for religious services

Day treatment and adult day care: assist with patient escort, arts and crafts, exercise programs and other recreational patient activities

Coffee program: Prepare and serve coffee and refreshments

Alzheimer's program: assist with exercise and arts and crafts programs

Nursing - Assist the nursing staff with patient care.

Pharmacy - Assist the pharmacist and deliver supplies to the patient care units.

Speech and audiology - Motivate and encourage patients with their assignments.

Radiology - Escort patients and file x-rays.

Ambassador volunteers - Greet outpatients, guests, visitors and patients' families, answer phones and transfer calls. Ambassador volunteers are stationed at the main information desk.

Radiation therapy - Run errands and escort patients.

Surgical waiting room - Greet families, serve coffee, meet with medical staff, and provide information to families.

Office assistant - Type, file, answer phones, keep records, and do data entry.

DAV transportation - Drive patients from their homes to VA medical centers.

Medical clinics - Visit with Veteran patients and run errands.

Blood bank - Alphabetize 3x5 cards and help with drinks and snacks.

Questions about donating or volunteering

Phone: (859) 233-4511 ext. 2297 / 2298 / 4930 / 5254

In person:    Bowling Campus - room C112

                        Sousley Campus - bldg 28, room 15


By Mail: 

Volunteer Service / CDCE

1101 Veterans Drive

Lexington, KY 40502

Online:      Online Donation

Donate Items Needs List

Coffee supplies and snacks: regular and decaf coffee

                                                          individually packaged sugar

                                                          individually packaged sweetener

                                                          individually packaged crackers, chips and cookies

Gift cards:                                     generic cards provide Veterans with the flexibility to purchase whatever they need

Personal care items:                travel size or larger (NO HOTEL LEFTOVERS PLEASE)

                                                          toiletry items for men and women (deodorant, shampoo combs, brushes, razors)



                                                          generic birthday, get well cards etc. 

Clothing:                                       ONLY NEW clothing for men and women

                                                          Underwear, undershirts and socks in the manufacturer's packages

                                                          Sweatshirts and sweat pants