West Texas is known for our big skies and big hearts! The volunteers and service organizations that serve the West Texas VA Health Care System have shown year after year how big their hearts for our Veterans are through countless donations of time, money and kindness.
In the past year our volunteer service organizations have donated funds that have enabled us to purchase new televisions for waiting areas in many of the Community Based Outpatient Clinics and the main facility, provided coffee and donuts for our Veterans and their families while waiting for their appointments, held BINGO games for our Veterans who reside in the Community Living Center and Veterans Healing Center and so many more events, programs, donations and experiences that have a significant impact on the Veterans healing process.
The Volunteer Transportation Service (VTS) provides transportation for many Veterans who would otherwise not be able to make their appointments. Our volunteer drivers have routes from San Angelo, Abilene, Hobbs New Mexico and the Midland/Odessa area and often give 8-12 hours of their time per trip. Over the past year the VTS has accrued approximately 75,000 miles driving Veterans to and from their appointments.
Due to the amazing contributions and efforts from our volunteers and service organizations, Volunteer Service has been able to reestablish the Clothing Room for our Veterans who are in need. Several groups of volunteers over several months have organized and sorted innumerable bags of used clothing, shoes and hats for our Veterans who may need them. The clothing room is now accessible, clean and available to our Veterans at no charge.
The total number of hours donated by our volunteers this past year was approximately 25,000 and equals a savings of over $535,000 to the West Texas VA Health Care System. In addition, the total number of donations for 2012 was over $76,000.
Our volunteers are invaluable and an important part of our team. Their contributions are key in providing the best care available to our Veterans. If you or your organization is interested in volunteering for the West Texas VA Health Care System please contact our Volunteer Service at 432-264-4824. We are always in need of more help.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. – Margaret Mead