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Center for Development and Civic Engagement (CDCE) is committed to supporting the Bedford VA mission to improve the lives of our Veteran patients. The Volunteer program’s goal is to provide hospital staff with clinical, administrative, and technical volunteer support through the recruitment of qualified, motivated, and Veteran patient focused individuals.
The Bedford VA benefits from the services of over 700 individual volunteers each year. Over 75 volunteers are on duty each day helping to make this a health care center of excellence. Volunteers from all ages and life experiences serve in many capacities at Bedford VA. The mission of our Volunteer Program is to enhance the lives of Veterans through the delivery of compassionate, excellent care through the efforts of our volunteers, community and corporate partners and charitable donations.
There are a wide variety of Volunteer Opportunities available at Bedford VA. Positions are available to suit your individual interests. Assignments are available during the day, evenings and weekends.
A few examples of volunteer assignments are:
Ambassador Program- Exceptional Customer Service: Greet visitors, provide directions to various areas within the hospital, answer general questions, escort Veterans.
- Compassionate Contact Corps- Telephone and video chat only! Make weekly calls with a Veteran or Caregiver who could use a friendly telephone visit!
- Office Administration - Support employees with general clerical work to include answering phone, filing, word processing, data input and reception of Veteran patients and visitors.
- Volunteer Drivers - Drive government vehicles to transport Veterans to scheduled medical appointments at the hospital. Must pass a physical; possess valid drivers license and auto insurance.
- Monthly Veterans Free Produce Distribution Assist Food Bank on 3rd Thursday of each month, bagging produce for Veterans in drive up mobile market. 2021 Schedule and Map.
- Hospice Volunteer - provides companionship and assistance to Veterans who are entering the final stages of life. Volunteers “fill in” and provide comfort at the bedside at times when family and friends are unable to be present.
- Event Escorts- Transport Veterans in wheelchairs or on gurneys to and from events in the theater, at outdoor picnics, barbecues, etc. (Can be on a call list for "as needed" events).
Chapel Escort-Transport Veterans in wheelchairs or on gurneys to and from the chapel to attend Catholic Mass on Saturday 4:00pm or Sunday 10:00am or Protestant Service on Sunday 9:00 am.
Greenhouse care - Water and tend to plants as needed early morning.
Adopt-a-Veteran - Volunteer weekly one-on-one with a hospitalized Veteran.
Recreation- Accompany patients to activities both on and off campus. Help with event set-up and bring patients from their rooms to participate in activities.
Adopt-a-Ward Program- A volunteer group sponsors recreation activities on various in-patient units
Coffee Program Volunteer- Visit designated waiting areas with hospitality cart.
- Entertainers - Singers, dancers, comedians, share your talent with an appreciative audience
Please complete our online application to begin the process of volunteering at Bedford VA or call Center for Development and Civic Engagement (formerly Voluntary Service) at 781-687-3076.
Adopt A Holiday Season
Adopt a Holiday Season is a commitment to Veterans from your Veteran Service Organization or company to brighten the holidays with thoughtfulness, joy and creativity.
Beginning Thanksgiving weekend, hosta trim-a-tree party. Caroling and other entertainment are always welcome and encouraged throughout the season. You can treat the Veterans to visits, gifts, music and special traditions. Be creative! Try a special theme. During the season we will host a “Holiday Stroll” where trees from each organization can be viewed and enjoyed. Celebrations that lighten the dark days of winter include Advent, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanza and Diwali! Find out what is most meaningful to the Veterans on the unit you sponsor during the season.
Adopt a Holiday Season ends by taking down decorations and storing them for next year. We recommend doing this New Year’s Eve or on New Year’s Day with one last celebration to bring in the new year! Details.
If your company has not experienced the rewards of a company-sponsored volunteer program, let the Department of Veterans Affairs help you get started today. Your employees have the skills and talents that VA needs to carry out its mission to “serve those who have served.” This can be your chance to give something back to the community while helping America’s Veterans.
Center for Development and Civic Engagement staff can help! We will:
- tailor a program for your company;
- design volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups;
- utilize the employee’s existing skills in rewarding ways;
- help your employees learn new skills.
For more information on starting a company-sponsored employee volunteer program call us at 781-687-3076.
Coffee House Singers/Entertainers
Do you have a musical talent you would like to share with the Veteran patients? Give them an hour for a most rewarding experience! We have regularly spots open that you can perform for the patients, keep your practice up and share your gifts and talents with our Veterans! Contact Kevin Dougherty for more information.
AREAS OF SPECIALTY for CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT (CDCE)
Voluntary Service (VAVS) - Having the largest integrated volunteer program in the Federal government, this line of business is a government-wide model for the strategic integration of volunteers.
Philanthropic Engagement – Building key relationships f with individuals and organizations to contribute and advocate on behalf of our mission through monetary and in-kind giving, as well as capacity-building initiatives to augment the volunteer corps including a wide variety of individuals, business/corporate organizations, Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs), non-profits, foundations, and other community/civic organizations.
Partnership Solutions – Here we oversee the official development and management of strategic partnership agreements designed to address VA goals, priorities, or identified issues or gaps that serve to enhance care and service for Veterans, their caregivers, or families.
Bedford VA Work Study Program
If you're a full-time or 3/4-time student in a college degree, vocational, or professional program, you can “earn while you learn” with a VA work-study allowance.
The VA Work-Study Program is available to any eligible Veteran who is receiving VA education benefits and attending an accredited school at least three-quarter time. Work-Study students are paid at the State or Federal minimum wage, whichever is greater. If you're a full-time or 3/4-time student in an accredited college degree program, or vocational or professional program, you can "earn while you learn" with a VA work-study allowance. To receive a formal decision from VA, you must file a claim for benefits.
Who is Eligible?
The VA work-study allowance is available to persons training on a full-time or ¾ time basis under the following programs:
- Post-9/11 GI Bill--(38 U.S.C. Chapter 33) (Veterans and transfer-of-entitlement recipients)
- Montgomery GI Bill--Active Duty (38 U.S.C. Chapter 30)
- REAP Participants
- Montgomery GI Bill--Selected Reserve (10 U.S.C. Chapter 1606)
- Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance Program (38 U.S.C. Chapter 32)
- Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (38 U.S.C. Chapter 35)
- Eligible dependents under 38 U.S.C. Chapter 35 may use work study only while training in a State.
- National Call to Service Participants
- Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program -- (38 U.S.C. Chapter 31)
VA will select students for the work-study program based on different factors. Such factors include:
- Ability of the student to complete the work-study contract before the end of his or her eligibility to education benefits
- Job availability within normal commuting distance to the student
Veterans with service-connected disabilities of at least 30% may be given priority consideration.