CSRA youth donate 6,800 hours, $140K to VA Augusta - Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center
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Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center

 

CSRA youth donate 6,800 hours, $140K to VA Augusta

July 20, 2018

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The VA Augusta Summer Youth Volunteer Program for 2018 concluded Friday, July 20, with children volunteering more than 6,800 hours to Veterans receiving care at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.

Thirty three children from across the CSRA donned blue vests and participated this year. Their total effort equated to a nearly $140,000 donation to VA Voluntary Services. Children volunteered in 16 different areas of the medical center, including engineering, the Spinal Cord Injury Unit, nursing and others.

This is the first class of Summer Youth volunteers to rotate weekly to a different department within the hospital, expanding their knowledge and understanding of the daily responsibilities and functions of VA Augusta.

"The one word that describes what they have accomplished this summer is 'exceptional'," said Dr. Robin E. Jackson, Medical Center Director.

This summer program also saw sponsorship and monetary donations from American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, Daughters of the American Revolution, Disabled American Veterans, Knights of Columbus, Military Order Purple Heart Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. Their donations directly led to sponsoring 40

VA Voluntary Service was founded in 1946 to provide for our nation's Veterans while they are cared for by VA health care facilities. It is one of the largest centralized volunteer programs in the Federal government with more than 7,400 national and community organizations supporting the program. Volunteers have provided over 760 million hours of service since 1946.

About Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center

The Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center is a two-division, three clinic medical Center with approximately 2,500 employees providing tertiary care in medicine, surgery, neurology, psychiatry, rehabilitation medicine, and spinal cord injury. The facility, authorized 441 beds, employs about 2,500 people from around the region and sees about 46,000 Veterans each fiscal year. It has a budget of more than $400 million. It is part of Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 7, located in Atlanta, along with seven other medical facilities in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. In addition to two hospitals in Georgia, VA Augusta operates three Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Aiken, S.C.; Athens, Ga., and Statesboro, Ga. The medical center enjoys a strong affiliation with the Medical College of Georgia. Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center provides medical and allied health training to an average of more than 700 students and residents annually. Additional health training affiliations exist with 44 academic institutions.