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Minneapolis VA Health Care System


Volunteer or Donate

The Minneapolis VA Medical Center depends on the goodwill of our benefactors and volunteers who wish to give something back to America's heroes.

Our Volunteers in 2013:

In 2013 we had a dedicated workforce of over 2,050 volunteers that provided over 222,900 hours of the most precious commodity any of us have and that is their time. You can find volunteers throughout the medical center and in virtually every service line as well as the 337 volunteer drivers that traveled 1,364,469 miles throughout Minnesota and Western Wisconsin providing transportation to the VA for medical care and treatment for 24,457 Veterans in 2013.

While its difficult to put a value on the skills, talents and abilities our devoted volunteers provide to the VA and the Veterans we serve, the value of the time they selflessly donated along with donations from many valued sources was over $5,883,000 in 2013.

Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight - Ramona MuttersOur dedicated volunteers make a difference everyday in the care and comfort of our Veteran patients! We'd like to highlight a few of these outstanding individuals in our series called Volunteer Spotlight. Please take a moment to read about some of our great volunteers.


Volunteer opportunities are available for adults and students who are at least 14 years old. Individuals and groups are welcome. Volunteers can work with patients or "behind the scenes" to help the VA run smoothly. Sample assignments—

  • Spend time with Veterans – read to them; play cards or games; help with crafts; take patients on walks, or share your hobbies
  • Escort - push patients in wheelchairs to their appointments
  • Provide clerical help such as answer telephones, make copies, file records, run errands, assist clinics with setup, check-in patients, make patient appointment reminder calls and process outgoing correspondence
  • Assist patients with programs such as My HealtheVet, Living Well classes and Fit for Life
  • Assist with patient services in the library, pharmacy, lab, physical therapy, occupational therapy, adult day health care, blind and low vision program, spinal cord injury, canteen, and gift shop
  • Visit hospice patients and provide support to family members (training will be provided)
  • Visit with homebound veterans providing respite to their caregiver and companionship to the Veteran

Donate to:

  • Support programs, projects and activities
  • Provide personal care items
  • Sponsor or help with bingo, games or other parties for inpatients
  • Provide game prizes

The following is a list of items in need by some of our programs:

To volunteer or make a donation to benefit veterans at the medical center, call the Voluntary Service office at (612) 725-2050.

To review the volunteer training materials, click on the Minneapolis VAMC Volunteer Handbook.


Katy Ryan
Director, Voluntary/Community Resource Service
Minneapolis VA Medical Center room 2B-136

The Eagle Newsletter


Volunteer PSA video.