VA Western New York Healthcare System
National Volunteer Week
April 12, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (716) 862-8753 Cell: (716) 512-9338
BUFFALO & BATAVIA, NEW YORK: April 15 through 21 is VA National Volunteer Week and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will use this designation as an opportunity to thank more than 67,000 volunteers who give 9.7 million recorded man hours to Veterans every day at VA medical facilities across the U.S.A.
Locally, VA Western New York Healthcare System (VA WNYHS) will recognize over 500 volunteers for the 79,086 hours they have contributed toward caring for Veterans - driving, listening, serving, and comforting them on a regular basis. Last year the monetary value of volunteer’s time and estimated labor savings is just under $2 million dollars. VA WNYHS Volunteer Service staff also received and recorded “in-kind” donations at the Buffalo and Batavia VAMCs totaling $314,671 and $80,916 respectively.
VA Volunteer Award luncheons to recognize and honor local VA Volunteers will take place on Thursday, April 19, at noon, at The Fairdale Banquet Hall in Amherst, New York, and on Wednesday, April 24, at noon, at the Quality Inn & Suites in Batavia, New York.
“Recognition for VA volunteers and honoring them is extremely important,” said Michael J. Swartz, Interim Healthcare System Director at VA WNYHS. “Our volunteers provide so much to veterans to enhance their experience while under our care.”
To find out more about VA Volunteer opportunities, please call Sharon Shelton at 716-862-8671 in Buffalo, or Jason Jaskula at 1-585-297-1197 in Batavia.
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