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New Mexico VA Health Care System


Youth Volunteers

Youth Volunteers are so very important to our aging veteran population. The Veterans’ eyes light up when a smile or a story or a little assistance is shared from a youth volunteer.

Why should I volunteer? Other than the self-satisfaction of giving back to those who gave so much, there are many advantages to becoming a youth volunteer.  When completing those scholarship applications, it is very impressive when the reviewer sees the applicant has given of their time, efforts, and energy to be of service to the elderly.  Also, often times the supervisor at your volunteer work station will allow the volunteer to submit their name as a reference when applying for jobs.  And, when completing those employment applications, it also makes a positive impression to the interviewer when the application shows the potential employee was a youth volunteer.

Rewards:  There is no better way to explain the hows and whys than from other youth volunteers.  Here are a few quotes from some other youth volunteers.  “I have met a lot of interesting patients and made many new friends. I have had a lot of fun and hope to participate again next summer.”  “I have learned a lot about the different types of medical conditions, cures, medicine and treatment, and the differences someone’s bedside manner can make in a patient’s recovery.”  “It is very cool that I’m here helping take care of patients that helped our nation become a strong, free, and powerful country.”  “It is so nice to see the smiles because you are there to talk with them, play games like dominoes, cards, checkers, etc.”  "I enjoy being with the elderly.  I like to feed the ones that cannot hold their fork, spoon, or cup.  To me, it’s a gift to help them.  It is wonderful to serve the Veterans as they did the same for us.”

Youth volunteers are that ray of sunshine to our aging Veteran population. 

For questions on how to register, please contact your Voluntary Service at a VA Medical Center near you.  Uncle Sam’s Veterans need you!

"Living Memories" - Reflections of Students Volunteering in VA Hospitals