VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
Volunteer or DonateVA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System depends on the goodwill of our benefactors and volunteers who wish to give something back to America's heroes. Volunteers provide many essential functions throughout the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System, Community Based Outpatient Clinics, and Vet Centers to help improve our Veterans’ experience. Volunteers can perform many services, and a volunteer's talents are closely matched with one of our many assignments.
Volunteers provide many important functions in the outpatient clinics, as drivers and throughout the Medical Center and help make our patients' stay more enjoyable. Volunteers can perform a number of services, and a volunteer's talents are closely matched with one of our many assignments.
To view open volunteer opportunities within the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System click here or visit www.volunteermatch.org.
Don't see a volunteer opportunity that interests you? Contact the Voluntary Service Offices at the Omaha, Grand Island, or Lincoln facilities. Contact information is listed on the right-hand of this webpage. We will be happy to receive your application or discuss how you can help us in our mission to provide comfort and care to America's Veterans.
- Commit to volunteering a minimum of 6 months and 50 hours.
- Pass a fingerprint/background investigation.
- Obtain a flu shot. If unable to obtain a flu shot, a mask is to be worn during flu season.
- Flu shots are provided free of charge to volunteers.
- Blood draw to screen for exposure to tuberculosis.
Red Coat Ambassador Program
A "First Impression" means to provide assistance with navigation, information and a culture of care to our Veterans, families and visitors.
Learn more about how you can support and be a part of this program HERE
Online New Volunteer Orientation
New volunteers have the option to complete part of their orientation online. Follow the steps below to initiate the volunteer process.
Step One: Contact Voluntary Service at the location you want to volunteer at to set up an interview time:
Omaha: Jennifer Servant 402-995-3283
Lincoln: Ty Andrews 402-486-7938
Grand Island: Jody Johnson 308-389-5146
Please do not to move on to the next step until you have spoken to a Voluntary Service representative at your local VA office.
Step Two: Complete the Volunteer Application, Form 10-7055. Print and sign completed form. Youth volunteers must have parental consent signed on page 2.
Step Three: Review the Volunteer Handbook. You will use this handbook to complete step Four. Print and sign the last page.
Step Four: Complete the Volunteer Handbook Online Knowledge Quiz. Print and sign the completed quiz.
Step Five: Print and sign the Statement of Commitment and Understanding.
Step Six: Bring all completed documents to your appointment with Voluntary Service staff. During your meeting with Voluntary Service you will receive a background investigation, a blood draw to screen for exposure to tuberculosis, a flu shot (if applicable), a hospital tour and meet with or schedule a time to meet with your assigned supervisor.
Items to bring to your appointment:
- Driver’s license or State Identification Card
- Volunteer Application, Form 10-7055
- Last page of the Volunteer Handbook
- Knowledge Quiz
- Statement of Commitment and Understanding
Volunteer Transportation Drivers (VTN) must complete New Driver Orientation in person. Contact your local Voluntary Services office or, if driving for a county, contact your County Veteran Service Officer to initiate this process.
Cash donations are used for the comfort and welfare of our Veteran patients, including:
- Refreshment supplies
- Homeless Veterans Program
- Recreational Activities
Non-cash contributions are used to make our patients' stay more enjoyable. Items which are accepted include:
- Magazines (less than 60 days old)
- Coffee and cookies
- New clothing
To make a cash or non-cash contribution, please contact the Voluntary Service at the Omaha, Lincoln, or Grand Island VA facilities.