Volunteer or Donate
The Boise VAMC depends on the goodwill of our benefactors and volunteers who wish to give something back to America's heroes.
Giving and Donating Online
Cash donations are used for the comfort and welfare of our veteran patients, including —
-cable television for all inpatient rooms and outpatient waiting rooms
Non-cash contributions are used to make our patients' stay more enjoyable. Items which are accepted include —
-magazines and pocketbooks
-coffee and cookies
To make a cash or non-cash contribution, please contact the VAMC Voluntary Service at 208-422-1176.
You can also make donations online! Click Here to make a secure, and safe donation to the Boise VA Medical Center. See below for a description of the different accounts you can donate to.
Volunteers provide many important functions 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 volunteer, call or visit the Voluntary Service Office. 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. Phone 208-422-1176.
VA Voluntary Service Orientation Booklet
Click Here for a downloadable version of the Volunteer Orientation Booklet.
Voluntary Service Office
1st floor, room 101
We've listed some of the ways you can volunteer below. However, if you have special skills to offer, please call us so we can discuss how you can best use your talents to help our patients.
Volunteer Van Drivers
Help pick-up outpatients receiving chemotherapy, dialysis, radiation therapy, and other outpatient appointments. To fill this role, you must have a current driver’s license and automobile insurance and pass a physical exam. Hours vary.
Information Desk Volunteer
Help patients and visitors with information and clinic locations. Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, or 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.
Parking Lot Shuttle Drivers
Help outpatients in our large parking areas with access to the medical center. To fill this role, you must have a current driver’s license. Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, or 12:00 noon - 3:30 p.m.
Volunteer Office Assistant
Help different medical or administrative offices in the medical center. Duties include filing, answering phones, and greeting and directing patients. Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, or 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.
Volunteer Oncology Assistant
Take specimens to the lab and provide escort and messenger service. Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or noon – 3:30 pm
Volunteer Patient Reminder Caller
Help make phone calls to remind patients about their scheduled appointments. Open hours.
Discharge Patient Survey Caller
Call patients who have been discharged from the medical center and record their responses for a survey. Open hours.
Patient Escort/Messenger Volunteers
Provide assistance with pushing patients in wheelchairs to their scheduled appointments. Provide assistance with delivering items from one office to another within the campus. Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Shift could be split into mornings and afternoons.
Hospitality Beverage Cart
Deliver beverages to outpatient clinics and waiting areas. Hours: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Possible evening shift and morning shift.
Amenity Relief Volunteer
Assist and support nursing staff on inpatient units providing amenities and special attention to patients as needed. Open hours.
Magazine / Book Cart
Sort donated magazines and books, and take the cart to designated waiting areas. Open hours.
Mail Room Assistant
Complete mail room projects and deliver mail to medical center departments. Open hours.
File and provide assistance with various office tasks. Serve as a patient escort. Hours: 8:00 a.m. – noon and noon – 3:30 p.m.
You can also make a donation to the Boise VA or one of it's programs online with your credit card by accessing Pay.gov or by clicking here. Below is a list of the various donation accounts you can give to.
The General Post Fund Accounts are used to receive and dispense donated funds solely for the care and comfort of veteran patients of the Boise VA Medical Center and its community based outpatient clinics. The following is a brief description of what each account was established to do:
1008 General Purpose – The most widely used of all accounts, it is used for serving needs not covered by Medical Center funding. Ex. Reoccurring expenses: cable television, televisions, CD/ DVD players, sweat suits, coffee program, laundry detergent, rehab programs. Comfort items such as: toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors, shave cream, deodorant, after shave, hairbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, lip balm, denture cream, denture paste, sunscreen, lotion, etc. Money from this account can be transferred to any of the General Post Fund Accounts if necessary.
1009 Voluntary Service Committee – Expenditures from this account are allocated by the Voluntary Service Executive Committee. Examples of expenditures include donations of money to the Social Work Account, the purchase of items for recreational activities like milk shake machines, and also providing annual appreciation gifts for Medical Center volunteers.
1002 Recreation Therapy – Used to supplement cost of recreational activities affiliated with the Recreational Therapy Program such as: BBQ’s, bowling, arts/crafts, fishing, computers, special programs/events, golf program, outdoor adventures, cross country skiing, rafting, sporting events and much more.
1010 Holiday Cheer – Funds are used to help hospitalized veterans celebrate the holidays while they are away from or unable to be with loved ones. Examples of celebration include: holiday parties, gifts/cards, food/goodies, decorations, etc.
1013 National Rehab Program – Funds are used to send local disabled veterans to experience the exhilarating Veterans National Games such as: the Winter Sports Clinic, National Wheel Chair Games, Creative Arts Festival, and Golden Age Games. All are a part of a national recreation therapy program sponsored by the VA. Donations made to this fund cover the patients expenses and enable them to attend the games.
1005 Social Work Welfare – Funds will be used to assist veterans in financial crisis when all other funding resources have been exhausted. Examples of how the fund might be used are: purchasing bus tickets for veterans to get to and from VA appointments or purchasing a taxi or gasoline voucher to help a veteran get to or from the hospital.
1105 Twin Falls Area Homeless Program – Funds from this account directly benefit the homeless veterans program for Twin Falls, Idaho and surrounding communities.
1017 Community Living Center – Funds from this account are used to pay for items in the nursing home, or Community Living Center (CLC) that are not covered by general Medical Center funding. Examples of such items include: Extracurricular physical therapy activities, coffee for visitors and guests, and other miscellaneous amenities to help make the atmosphere more home like for residents and guests.
1006 Chapel – This fund assists with the purchase of inspirational and religious items for the Medical Centers Chaplain Service. It may also be used for community outreach to assist religious leaders in understanding veterans issues.
1099 Hospice – Funds from this account are used to purchase extra items used for the comfort of a patient and their loved ones.
1060 Oncology – Funds from this account pay for coffee and other items used in helping a patient feel more comfortable while receiving oncology care.
1020 Vet Center Recreation – Funds from this account pay for recreational activities associated with the Vet Center.
1034 Visually Impaired Veterans Program – Funds from this account help pay for patient group meetings, low vision aids, blinded veterans bowling league, and other activities associated with the visually impaired veterans program that are not covered by general Medical Center funds.
1035 Cable TV Fund – Funds cover monthly charges for cable TV in clinic waiting areas and inpatient rooms.
1079 Internet Connection – Funds cover the monthly expense for the Community Living Center Wi Fi for patients.
1072 All Veterans Welcome Home Annual Event – Funds support for the event. The event is designed to be a welcome home celebration for all veterans, especially those who have recently returned from deployment. The event includes live music, free BBQ food, fun for children, raffle prizes and much more. The event also includes representatives from various organizations who benefit and/or serve veterans, so that veterans may become familiar and have the opportunity to access the many benefits they are entitled to.
1011 Salute to Veteran Patients Week Annual Event – The purpose of this week is to show veteran patients gratitude for their service in the armed forces while wishing them Valentine’s Day cheer. The week-long event is filled with activities and guests who come and visit with patients often bringing them cards or goodies. The week includes a VIP day where local dignitaries and celebrities visit with hospitalized veterans throughout the entire day.
1014 Grounds and Gardens – Funds go towards developing, maintaining and purchasing commemorative installations throughout the medical center campus to include, but not limited to: plaques, trees, benches, brick walkways, rose bushes, etc.
1037 United Voluntary Service Account - United Voluntary Service is a nonprofit organization that donates regularly to the Boise VA Medical Center for special projects. Contributions include support of the parking lot shuttle program, recreation, and newspaper subscriptions for inpatients and waiting rooms.