Volunteer or Giving
The Charleston VAMC depends on the goodwill of our benefactors and volunteers who wish to give something back to America's heroes. Many of our Veterans have come to depend on volunteers for an improved quality of life while they are patients in our facilities.
To volunteer, please select 2 or 3 assignments from the Volunteer Assignments list, complete the application (signature not required yet) and email it to us, or fax to (843) 789-6132, or feel free to visit the Charleston VAMC Voluntary Service Office located on the main floor of the facility. Then, we will contact you to attend a new volunteer orientation, which are held every other Thursday from 7:30 am to 11:30 am. If you have special skills that might be utilized but do not see an assignment for those activities on the list, please call or email us to discuss.
Current Volunteer Statistics
2012 Total Volunteered Hours:
2012 Volunteer Donations:
Cash donations are used for the comfort and welfare of our Veteran patients, including —
- Basic needs like food, clothing, shelter
- Transportation assistance to and from medical appointments
- Comfort items for inpatient waiting rooms, including refreshments and toys for families
- Diversional recreation activities
- Outreach events
Non-cash contributions are used to make our patients' stay more enjoyable. Items which are accepted include —
- magazines and paperback books (Call first due to limited storage)
- coffee and store-bought cookies
- new undergarments
- telephone cards
- reading glasses
- bus tickets or local bus passes (CARTA, Chatham county, etc.)
To make a cash or non-cash contribution, please fill out the donation form and contact the Charleston VAMC Voluntary Service at (843) 789-7230.
Are you interested in becoming a Volunteer Transportation Network Driver to help our Nation's finest get to their appointments? If so, please review this health screening list, and if you qualify, apply as noted above. Prior to your orientation, you will be asked to complete this new driver checklist to bring with you to orientation. Please do not start the checklist prior to receiving confirmation of your orientation appointment.
Drivers operate vans donated by the Disabled American Veterans for this purpose, and are insured and fueled by VA – there are no expenses to the volunteer driver. Transportation is available to enable our patients to travel to and from Beaufort, SC; Loris, SC; Myrtle Beach, SC; Savannah, GA; Walterboro, SC; Summerville, SC; and Hampton County, SC to the main facility in Charleston. See a list of our current routes.
Summer Youth Program
Summertime brings many pleasures of the season, and with it comes our Youth Program. It is a privilege to share with students the services we provide Veterans and offer them with the opportunity to participate in our Summer Youth Program.
Students will experience specific daily work assignments, educational presentations and events that are meaningful and helpful to their education while exposing them to career prospects that will carry them into their adult life.
For specific information and to apply visit the 2013 Summer Youth Program page.