Volunteering Frequently Asked Questions
1. What do I need to do to become a volunteer?
- We offer several volunteer orientation classes throughout the year. The class lasts about two hours. To obtain an orientation schedule or register for an upcoming orientation, please call Voluntary Service at (901) 577-7305.
2. After attending volunteer orientation class, what are the next steps?
- Obtaining a volunteer identification badge, and submitting finger prints are the next two steps. Two forms of government issued ID's are needed. Examples: state drivers license, social security card, passport, voter registration card, etc. One form of ID must have a photograph.
- For your well being and the safety of the patients, one or two tuberculosis tests must have a negative result before contact with the veterans can be allowed. TB test results from another agency must be signed by an RN or MD and can be faxed to our medical center.
3. Where are the volunteer orientation classes held?
- The orientation sessions are conducted at the VA Memphis Medical Center located at 1030 Jefferson Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104. We are located in the medical center area near downtown Memphis. The orientation classes will be held in Conference Room BE202, second floor of Bldg. 1.
4. How often can I volunteer?
- There are no maximum hours per month but there is a minimum of four hours per month for each volunteer. If you are assigned to perform court ordered service, the total number of hours to be completed must be at least fifty.
5. What if I do not have time to give but still want to help veterans?
- Please contact our office at (901) 577-7305.
6. Can corporations and/or small businesses volunteer?
- Yes, there are several ways to volunteer such as visiting patients, serving refreshments, planting a serenity garden, etc.
7. If I live far away from Memphis, can I still volunteer?
- Yes, we have virtual assignments.