VA Central California Health Care System
63rd Annual Volunteer Awards Luncheon
On June 05, VA Central California Health Care System (VACCHCS) hosted the 63rd Annual Volunteer Awards Luncheon.
We are truly inspired by the impact made by our volunteers who selflessly give their time, energy and heart to provide comfort, companionship, transportation and other services to our Veterans. The accomplishments of this group of dedicated staff are many. The diverse set of skills, talents and gifts from those whose ages range from 14 – 93 together accomplish our goal to improve Veteran morale and promote physical, mental and spiritual healing!!
Volunteers are awarded pins when they reach Hours of Voluntary Service milestones: 100, 300, 500, 750, 1000, 1750, 2500, 3750, 5000, 6250, 7500, and so on… Our Volunteers who reached a milestone in 2012 received their pins during the event. Laura Balun, Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) Director, joined the event to personally present to VACCHCS the prestigious American Spirit Award on the Student Recruitment category. There were also recognitions to 2 “Above & Beyond” VAVS Representatives, Volunteers over 80, 85 and 90 years old, Volunteers with more than 50 years of service, Volunteer of the year 2012 and the Volunteer of the year 2012 Runner Up.
Volunteers have been known to be the heart of any organization and the Volunteers of VACCHCS are no exception. More than 1,200 volunteers serve Veterans 24 hours a day and 7 days per week in our nationally recognized programs. Based on 104,860 hours of service VA Central California volunteers worked last fiscal year the monetary value of their time is $3,049,951.75. What many of the Veterans we serve remember the most as they head for home; words of encouragement, servant hearts, compassion and smiles.