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

Become a volunteer

Volunteers provide many important functions throughout the Medical Center and Community Based Outpatient Clinics and help make our patients' stay more enjoyable. Volunteers can perform a number of services, and a volunteer's talents are closely matched with one of our many assignments.

To volunteer, call, email or visit the Togus VAMC Voluntary Service Office. We will be happy to receive your application or discuss how you can help us in our mission to provide comfort and care to America's veterans.

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

  • Free meals during shifts of 4 or more hours
  • Free parking 
  • Education opportunities, such as CPR training
  • Free annual tuberculosis test
  • Free annual flu shot
  • Job skills development
  • Job search opportunities

Whatever your interests, VA Maine has volunteer opportunities for you. 

Below are some ways you can help. Other assignments not listed here might be available as well. If you’re interested in volunteering or have special skills to offer, please contact us so we can discuss how you can best help our patients. We also have special short-term projects that we need help with from time to time. All volunteers must complete a background check. 

While some volunteer opportunities require specific times, most are flexible to fit your schedule. 

Current Available Volunteer Opportunities at VA Maine

Volunteer Van Drivers
Help pick-up outpatients receiving chemotherapy, dialysis, radiation therapy, and other outpatient appointments. To fill this role, you must have a current drivers license and automobile insurance and pass a physical exam. 

Information Desk Volunteer
Greet patients and visitors, provide information and escort to clinic locations. 

Parking Lot Shuttle Drivers
Help outpatients in our large parking areas with access to the medical center. To fill this role, you must meet the same requirements as van drivers. 

Volunteer Office Assistant
Help different medical or administrative offices in the medical center. Duties include filing, answering phones, and greeting and directing patients. Hours: 

Patient Reminder/Discharge Follow-up Caller
Help make phone calls to remind patients about their scheduled appointments and discharge follow-up.

Red Coat Ambassador Volunteers
Greet Veterans and guide them through our facilities. 

Patient Representative Volunteer
Assist and support nursing staff on inpatient units providing amenities and special attention to patients as needed. 

Magazine/Book Cart
Sort donated magazines and books, and take the cart to designated waiting areas and patient rooms.  

Mealtime Companions
Assist staff in serving geriatric patients meals in a restaurant-style setting.

Friendly Visitors
Visit a specific patient who has minimal visitors on a regular basis to discuss interests, small table games, light conversation.

Warehouse/Mail Room Assistant
Deliver mail and supplies to medical center departments. 

So you want to volunteer, but how?  We have two types of volunteers, regular and occasional.  Occasional volunteers are individuals that only come in for special events three or four times a year.  This may include potential new volunteers that just want to come in a couple of times to assure that the assignment fits them.

Our regular volunteer program is designed for individuals that have decided to commit to a regular schedule to volunteer which can vary from a couple days per week to a few hours every other week.  The amount of time a volunteer comes in is based on the assignment and what they have available for time.

Our regular volunteers have more responsibilities than the occasional volunteers so there are some requirements that must be met before volunteering which includes:

  • Interview and general Voluntary Service orientation
  • Background check
  • Tuberculosis (TB) test
  • Mandatory training on infection control, fire and patient safety
  • Other specific assignments based training
  • Personal Identification Card

Once all of the requirements are complete, you will be on your way as a VA Volunteer carrying on a great tradition "Serving those who have served".
 
To start the volunteer process, please reach out to us in any of the following ways:

Email: VHATOGVOLUNTARYSERVICE@va.gov
Call: 207-621-4886 or toll free at 1-877-421-8263, ext. 4886.
Come see us in person at:

Togus VA Medical Center
Voluntary Service Office, Building 205, 3rd Floor
1 VA Center
Augusta, ME 04330   

Make a donation

Generous donations from people like you help us provide enhanced services to our patients. You can donate online, by mail, or in person.

Cash donations are used for the comfort and welfare of our veteran patients, including —

  • personal care products
  • Homeless assistance
  • recreational activities
  • newspaper subscriptions
  • special projects

Non-cash contributions are used to make our patients' stay more enjoyable. Items which are accepted include -

  • Over the ear headphones
  • coffee program supplies
  • new clothing
  • gas cards

To make your cash or non-cash contribution more impactfull, please contact Voluntary Service to learn more about the current needs of the Veterans we serve.


** Please note that donations can only be accepted Monday – Friday from 7:30am – 4:00pm. All donations must be dropped off  at Voluntary Service B205, 3rd Floor, R307. The front desk or any other department cannot accept donations.

Contact us

For more information on donating items or to schedule a drop-off time, please contact our Voluntary Service office:

Email: VHATOGVOLUNTARYSERVICE@va.gov
Call: 207-621-4886 or toll free at 1-877-421-8263, ext. 4886.

Come see us in person at:

Togus VA Medical Center
Voluntary Service Office, Building 205, 3rd Floor
1 VA Center
Augusta, ME 04330