Volunteering at charleston vamc – ralph h. johnson va medical center

Because the decisions we make affect our Veteran patients, we highly value their input. We are seeking Veterans who regularly receive care at our VA or clinics to participate on several committees. For this assignment, please directly email Edmund.Lesinski@va.gov. Volunteers

To serve as a regularly scheduled weekly volunteer, please select two or three assignments from the Volunteer Assignments list, complete the application (signature not required yet) and email it to us, or fax to (843) 579-2761, or feel free to visit the Charleston VAMC Voluntary Service Office located on the main floor of the facility. Important: – if emailing your application, please complete it, save it to your computer, then attach it to the email you send to us.


After review of your application, we will send you instructions to complete an online orientation, complete the PPD screening, complete the required background investigation, and attend a brief interview. We conduct interviews Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a walk-in basis. Please review instructions sent to you carefully – you must bring all required documents as instructed to your interview or we will be unable to complete the process.

Affiliations: If you are a member of a Veteran Service Organization, please consider noting that organization on your application. If you are not a member of an organization, please still consider affiliating with one. While volunteers are not required to affiliate with an organization, we strongly encourage you to select an organization with which to affiliate your hours. Affiliated hours help all related organizations in their endeavors to serve Veterans. Please consider putting an organization of your choice on your application – a list of national organizations with local presence, and their missions, is listed here. Note that you do not have to join an organization to affiliate, and we do not share your contact information with that organization (name and hours only) without your consent.

If you cannot complete orientation online, you can attend a new volunteer orientation in person, which are held the first Wednesday of March, June, September, and December. Most volunteer assignments require a 4 hour/week, six month minimum commitment (note that there are special provisions for students.) If cannot meet the six month commitment, or if you have special skills that might be utilized but do not see an assignment for those activities on the list, please call or email us to discuss.

Our VA Medical Center complies with VHA Directive 1192. This directive requires volunteers who have not obtained the current year’s influenza vaccine to wear a mask during flu season. Flu shots are available to active registered volunteers at no cost. Episodic Volunteering

3) CALL US at 843-789-7230 to schedule your physical, which we try to do on Fridays, but any other day is fine except Thursdays. We will confirm we have your application and prescreen checklist, so please make sure you’ve sent that in first. If you need a ride to your physical appointment, let us know at that time.

4) Please complete the Volunteer Driver training. Links are below. We only need the first page (Driver Training Certification form) printed and signed, then returned to us by fax, scan, or regular mail. Thanks for your continued service to our Veterans.

6) When your have a scheduled physical, please click here to open the online general volunteer orientation in PDF format. At the end of the orientation, you will find a link to the assessment and completion certificates. Please complete both and bring them with you to your appointment at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center at 109 Bee St. Charleston, SC 29401.

At your appointment, we’ll also initiate your background check and TB test (two more short forms we’ll provide here.) While the interview is short, the fingerprint, physical exam, and TB test processes can take about two hours – please plan your visit accordingly.

NOTE – Volunteers must have NO known HISTORY or DIAGNOSIS of the following medical conditions: EPILEPSY (seizure disorder), SYNCOPE (blacking or passing out within the last 1 year), HEART ATTACK (within the last 1 year), VENTRICULAR ARRHYTHMIAS (excluding random premature ventricular contractions), IMPLANTABLE CARDIOVERTER DEFIBRILLATOR (ICD), COMPLETE HEART BLOCK, USE OF CONTAINERIZED OXYGEN, STROKE and ACTIVE TRANSIENT ISCHEMIC ATTACKS (TIA’S), MENIERS DISEASE (active inner ear disease causing a balance disorder), and INTRA-ATRIAL CONDUCTION DELAY (IACD). These are considered absolute disqualifiers for volunteer drivers. College Student Program

As a 152-bed tertiary, secondary, and primary care facility that delivers the best care anywhere to over 70,000 Veterans from coastal counties from the North Carolina border to Hinesville, GA, our VA medical center is an ideal site to learn about health care while serving those who served. Our student volunteer program has received awards from both VA nationally and the South Carolina Campus Compact. Our staff works individually with students to create high-impact opportunities to learn and serve based on each student’s unique aspirations, and the chance to honor our Nation’s Heroes is the best part.

While our existing volunteer assignment opportunities are posted on our website, students seeking tailored opportunities are strongly encouraged to talk with us and explore assignments. We generally require a minimum commitment of one four hour shift per week and because we know your semesters are shorter than six months, the six month requirement is waived for students accepted into the program. To apply, follow instructions above, and if you cannot find an assignment on the list that is perfect for you, just note on your application that you’d like to explore assignments, and we’ll discuss in depth at your interview. Summer Youth Program