Amarillo VA Health Care System
The following is a list of ongoing volunteer positions available at AVAHCS. This list does not encompass all volunteer opportunities at the Medical Center.
- DAV Transportation Service Driver - DAV driver travels within the city limits and surrounding area picking up qualified patients at their homes and takes them to the VA hospital for their medical appointments. They must have a valid Texas drivers license, proof of insurance, pass a VA physical exam and pass a driving skills test with the VA Police Service before they are eligible to drive.
- Escort Runner - Escort patients in wheel chairs to designated areas. Deliver lab specimens, patient charts and records.
- Shuttle Driver - Drive shuttle within Medical Center grounds. Transport patients and family members. Must have valid TX drivers license, proof of auto insurance, pass VA courtesy physical exam and driving skills test.
- Clerical - Assist with general clerical work, typing, filing, collating, reception, call patients to remind them of appointments.
- Recreation - Transport patients to activities. Assist with food preparation and serving patients. Participate in activities (bowling, bingo, cards, etc.).
Additional volunteer opportunities are available in specialized areas.
Volunteer Application Process - How Do I Volunteer
Everyone is required to attend an orientation before beginning service as a VA volunteer. The 2 hour orientation, an introduction to the medical center, covers many of the same topics as employee orientation. The basic purpose of the orientation is three fold:
- To complete the application process.
- To provide information related to the policies, functions and objectives of the medical center.
- To provide an understanding of the fundamental principles and procedures of volunteer service in the medical center.
The supervisor in the assigned area will provide job specific training. All volunteers are required to receive a tuberculin skin test when they begin volunteering. This test is administered, free of charge, at the orientation session. The test must be repeated on an annual basis in order to keep your volunteer status with the VA. All volunteers over the age of 18 will be fingerprinted with the VA Police Service. Volunteers receive an ID badge and a volunteer parking sticker. After completing the volunteer orientation, an appointment will be set up for you to discuss your interests and placement opportunities at the medical center.