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VA Sunshine Healthcare Network


Volunteer or Donate

Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) supports programs at all VA medical centers and community based outpatient clinics throughout VISN 8's facilities in Florida, South Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Informational Flyers

For more information on volunteering or donating, click on the following flyers: 

Volunteer at a location near you:


Volunteer opportunities are available working with patients as well as administrative and support areas. Assignments are made based on experience, skills, abilities, and goals of the volunteer. Traditional volunteer roles include:

  • Escort Service
  • Hosting an information desk
  • Helping with rehabilitation activities
  • Volunteer patient representative
  • Patient computer lab instructor
  • Parking lot shuttle driver

Special Events

Volunteers conduct many special events including holiday festivities, outings, and social and recreational activities to meet patient leisure and recreational needs. Programs include:

  • Comfort Items
  • Program Greeters/Ambassador Program
  • Book Carts, Coffee Carts
  • Feeding Program
  • Visitation Program
  • Volunteer Transportation Network
  • and much more (more info in the brochures at top of page)

Donations play a major role for VAVS. Support patients by providing:

  • Postage stamps and writing materials
  • Craft materials
  • Prepaid phone cards
  • and much more (more info in the brochures at top of page)

A variety of equipment is also provided, including televisions, radios, stereos, electric razors, hair dryers and computers. Larger scale projects include donations for wheelchair buses for recreation trips, vans for the Volunteer Transportation Network, phone and television systems

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Honor America's heroes
  • Learn new skills
  • Build confidence
  • Improve your health
  • Meet new people


    Mitra Gobin
    VISN 8 Voluntary Service Coordinator
    813-972-2000 Ext. 6580



    What's Your Why video.