Volunteer or Donate
Cheyenne VA Medical Center depends on the goodwill of our benefactors and volunteers who wish to give back to America's heroes.
Volunteers provide many important functions throughout the Medical Center and help make our patients' stay more enjoyable. Those selfless people who give their time and talent so freely must be registered with VA's Voluntary Services and pass a required background check and health screenings. These steps are required in order to insure a safe and quality experience for Veterans recieving care in the VA system.
Volunteers can perform a number of services, and their talents are closely matched with one of our many assignments. Depending on individual assignments additional training may be required.
To volunteer, call or visit the Cheyenne 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.
Those who volunteer 4 hours will recieve a free meal ticket (a $7.00 value) for the VA Canteen. Those who volunteer 8 hours will recieve two free meal tickets (total value of $14.00).
Donations are graciously accepted for monetary, non-monetary, and homeless outreach programs, and can only be accepted through our Voluntary Service Office, located in Building 6, directly north of the main facility in Cheyenne. Please do not leave donations at any of the entrances or residential living spaces.
Monetary donations enhance VA Voluntary Service programs and support the programs or activities that assist in accomplishing the goal of “Putting Veterans First.” Please do not send cash. Make checks payable to the VA Medical Center. Cash/Check donations are designated by the donor according to the following list:
|301||Canteen Book fund—money is used to purchase canteen books from the VA Canteen for patient bingo prizes and other recreational activities.|
|303||General Purpose—is used to purchase patient personal care items and to fund other projects including cable television, aviary and aquarium maintenance and special events for the veterans in our nursing home.|
|305||Community Living Center (Nursing Home)—for purchases to benefit the nursing home residents such as lost clothing and other personal items.|
|306||Recreation Therapy—for the provision of supplies and activities related to the therapy of recreational and learning pursuits of all hospitalized veterans.|
|307||Social Work Fund—to assist indigent patients in emergent situations.|
|309||Homeless/Mental Health—used to help with food cards, gas cards, expenses such as fees & school books.|
|310||Healing Garden—items purchased from this account support the construction of a new healing and meditation garden in the medical center court yard.|
|311||OEF/OIF/OND—funds supporting special programs targeting the rehabilitation of our Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/ Operation New Dawn veterans.|
|312||Vets Center—funds go for emergency situations veterans and their families|
|313||Transportation Program—donations are used to support the accessibility needs of wheelchair dependent veterans.|
|314||Hospice—funds are used to secure comfort items for patients in the last stages of life.|
|317||Golden Age Games—this fund supports veterans who compete in various sports in their golden years; similar to the Olympic Games.|
|319||Chaplin Funds—are used to support the religious needs of all hospitalized veterans.|
|322||Care Giver Support|
|323||Vet Community Outreach|
Other donations accepted: note cards with postage on them, telephone calling cards, sewing kits, sweat pants and sweat shirts, sizes med. & lg. (new or used clean & in good condition), t-shirts, socks & underwear (must be new), word search & puzzle books, grocery or Wal-Mart gift cards in $20.00 increments, games with plastic playing pieces.
Coffee & Cookie Donations: There is an ongoing need for cookies and coffee for the various patient waiting areas in the hospital and various gatherings and memorials. Please specify if the cookies and/or coffee are to go to: The American Legion Coffee Cart; The Emergency Room Coffee Table; The Coffee with the Chaplains’ Program; Or for the bimonthly Memorial.
- Commercially made Cookies
- Coffee, creamer, sugar, sweetener, orange juice (please no frozen concentrate)
Donations of Art Supplies: These donations are used for the Expressive Arts Program: canvas, drawing pencils, charcoal, pastels, water color sets & paper, artists’ clay, paint brushes.
Final Salute Quilts: Handmade red-white-and blue quilts made specifically for our hospice patients and given to Veterans families upon death of their loved one. Quilts should be 50 inches by 100 inches.
Craft Kit Donations: Kits are distributed to veteran patients to help relieve stress. Wood & leather kits, beading, models, yarn & painting kits, dream catchers, sun catchers.
Healing Garden Donations: Healing garden is in need of potting soil, compost and mulch. Donations of approved plants in the memory of a veteran are very special and will be planted with care.
Shelter Belt Donations: The VA is accepting donations of live trees for our shelter belt. These donations may also be given in the memory of a veteran.
Recreation Therapy Donations: Baking supplies, baking mixes, non-alcoholic beer & wine chips, French onion dip for Thursday Happy Hours.
Homeless Outreach Care Items
There is an ongoing need for toiletries/personal care items:
- Body wash or 2 in one body wash, bars of soap
- Shaving cream, pre-shave, aftershave
- Disposable razors, deodorant
- Combs, brushes, shampoo
- Toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, mouthwash (alcohol free)
- Fix-a-dent or other dental adhesive, Polydent or other dental cleaner
- Emory boards, fingernail clippers, toenail clippers
- Hand and body lotion, baby power
- Lip balm, Vaseline
- Tissue packets
- Moist towelettes
To make a cash or non-cash contribution or to sign up for a volunteer assignment, please contact the Cheyenne VAMC Voluntary Service at (307)778-7550, ext. 7061 or ext. 7317 or by email.