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VA Boston Healthcare System


Volunteer or Donate

VA Boston Healthcare System depends on the goodwill of our benefactors and volunteers who wish to give something back to America's heroes.


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 become a volunteer, request a Volunteer Application Packet for Brockton, West Roxbury or Jamaica Plain today! Detailed application instructions can be found on the first page of this application packet. For additional information please contact the volunteer service office at the campus you wish to assist at.

Thank you for your interest in supporting our mission to provide comfort and care to America’s veterans.

Read more about our volunteers.


Cash donations are used for the comfort and welfare of our veteran patients, including —

 - hygiene products
 - refreshment supplies
 - cable television for spinal cord injury patients
 - recreational activities 

 Non-cash contributions are used to make our patients' stay more enjoyable. Items which are accepted include —

- magazines
-coffee and cookies
-new or gently used clothing
-To make a cash or non-cash contribution, please contact the VA Boston Healthcare System Voluntary Service.

A more complete listing* of "wish list" items for our veterans.
"Wish list" items* for  Fisher House Boston.
"Wish list" items* for  Huntington House. 

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Some of the ways our volunteers help - 
 - Elementary schoolchildren make valentines for veterans**  
 - From ski trips to just listening, Carver woman a dedicated VA volunteer** 
 Miniature Pony walking down a ramp out of the back of a minivan

VA Boston’s Brockton campus recently welcomed a new volunteer: Lillipution “Lilly” Laneway, a 2-year-old mMiniature Pony walking provides comfort to a Veteraniniature Appaloosa horse. Our staff of recreation therapists welcomed Lilly and her owner, Marsha Craig, to our Community Living Center where she brought smiles to Veteran patients and employees alike. 

Because they are friendly and interact well with people, miniature horses often serve as companion animals and can be trained as service animals for people with disabilities, much like assistance dogs. Indeed, Lilly proved to be very friendly as seen in the accompanying photo; we all look forward to her next visit!

To find out how you or your group can get involved at VA Boston Healthcare, contact one of our Voluntary Service staff who will be happy to provide details.

Contact Us

Service Chief
Jason Gray, Chief, Voluntary Service - Recreation Therapy (857) 364-5069

Brockton Campus
Lana Otis, Supervisor, Voluntary Service, Phone: (774) 826-1957
Patrice Woods, Voluntary Service Specialist, Phone: (774) 826-3135
Cynthia LaRiviere, Voluntary Service Specialist, Phone: (774) 826-2036

Jamaica Plain Campus
Mary Peak, Voluntary Service Specialist, Phone: (857) 364-2443

West Roxbury Campus
Mary Lou Girard, Voluntary Service Specialist, Phone: (857) 203-5135
Don Hazen, Voluntary Service Specialist, Phone :( 857) 203-6702