VA Northern California Health Care System
2015 National Volunteer Week
Each year, the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) joins the Nation to observe and celebrate National Volunteer Week, when we formally recognize and honor the profound impact and contributions of VA volunteers for their service to Veterans and their families. In Fiscal Year 2014, more than 76,000 active volunteers contributed more than 11.1 million hours of service to Veterans at VA medical facilities across the country. During National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, 2015, VA awards and recognizes volunteers for their service, honoring the service of our country’s most committed volunteers and sharing their achievements to encourage more Americans to volunteer. National Volunteer Week began in 1974 to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Since then the week has become a nationwide effort to urge Americans to volunteer in their communities. President Richard Nixon established National Volunteer Week with an Executive Order in 1974. Every sitting U.S. president since Nixon has signed a proclamation promoting the week (as have many U.S. mayors and governors).
In Fiscal Year 2014 Northern California Health Care System was extremely fortunate to have 1,452 regularly scheduled volunteers on our rolls who donated 155, 534 hours of service to our Veterans!
We have many dedicated, hard-working, committed volunteers. One in particular is Mr. Jerry Billingsley. He has been a volunteer driver for our Volunteer Transportation Network for 35 years donating 145,207 hours of driving our Veterans from the community to many VA care facilities within our system. He drives long hours from Yreka to Sacramento and beyond! Sadly for us, Mr. Billingsley will be retiring from volunteering come the end of this year. Our Veterans and staff will miss his smile and dedication to ensuring Veterans get safely to their appointments.