VA Western New York Healthcare System
April 21, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Evangeline Conley, Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (716) 862-8753
VA Western New York Healthcare System Honors Volunteers
BUFFALO & BATAVIA, NEW YORK: April 23 through 29 is VA National Volunteer Week and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will use the opportunity to thank more than 74,000 citizen volunteers who give back to Veterans every day at VA medical facilities across the country.
Locally, VA Western New York Healthcare System (VA WNYHS) will recognize over 900 volunteers for the 96,698 hours they have contributed toward caring for Veterans - driving, directing, sitting, serving, comforting and counseling on a regular basis. The monetary value of our volunteer’s time and estimated labor savings is close to $2 million dollars. In FY 2016, VA WNYHS received and recorded monetary and “in-kind” donations totaling $328,300 and $80, 900 respectively.
VA National Volunteer Award luncheons to recognize and honor local VA Volunteers will take place on Monday, April 24, noon, at Batavia’s Quality Inn, and on Wednesday, April 26, noon, at the Matthew Glab American Legion Post 1965 in Lackawanna, NY.
Recognition for our VA volunteers and honoring them is extremely important. “Our volunteers provide so many unheralded duties of our overall VA patient-centered care operations, it’s really hard to put into justifiable social and economic terms how important and valuable the services they provide are to us. Volunteers allow us to conserve and later re-purpose resources to deliver the best possible health care to our Veteran Patients,” said Brian Stiller, Medical Center Director of VA WNYHS.
While National Volunteer Week kicks off April 23, VA WNYHS is inviting everyone in the community to explore how they can use their skills and unique assets to thank Veterans with service of their own. To find out more about VA Volunteer Service opportunities, visit your nearest VA medical facility, or visit www.volunteer.va.gov. At VA Western New York Healthcare System, please call 716-862-8671 in Buffalo, or 1-585-297-1197 in Batavia.