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San Francisco VA Health Care System


Volunteer or Donate

Welcome to the San Francisco VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS). Our mission is to provide quality human resources, financial resources, and special-events throughout SFVAHCS for our Veterans we serve. SFVAHCS Voluntary Service 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 to help make our Veterans' stay more enjoyable. One of the most precious gifts is that of your time. We have many positions in our facility that are waiting to be filled by individuals and groups that are willing and able to give of themselves. Let us find a position that suits your skills, interests and schedule.

WHY would you want to be a VA Volunteer? One of the most important benefits of volunteering is the opportunity to explore and fulfill your passions. For many VA volunteers, that passion is serving Veterans. For others, their "why" is the chance to explore a new career field. For some, they like feeling like they are investing in an activity that is making a difference in their community.


male volunteer smiles while holding two poinsettias

2019 Volunteer of the Year CJ Reeves distributes poinsettias, holiday stockings, greeting cards and good cheer throughout the San Francisco VA Medical Center.

Volunteers provide many important functions throughout the health care system 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: 

Student Volunteering - Anyone age 14 or older is eligible to work as a student volunteer with VA.

Corporate Volunteering - Your employees have the skills and talents that VA needs to carry out its mission to 'Serve those who Served'. This can be your chance to give something back to the community while helping America's Veterans. Let the VA tailor a program for your company to utilize your employees' skills in rewarding ways.

Volunteer Assignments

  • Patient Escort
  • Shuttle Cart Driver
  • Information Desk
  • Recreational Support
  • Admin Support
  • Red Coat Ambassador Program

Contact Information

To learn about volunteer opportunities, visit the Voluntary Service Office (San Francisco VA Medical Center, 4150 Clement St., Bldg. 7, First Floor, Room 120) or call (415) 750-2144 for more information and an appointment.

To become a volunteer, please read and complete the Volunteer Application. Return completed application to the Voluntary Service Office.

What is the Red Coat Ambassador Program?

A “FIRST IMPRESSION” means to provide assistance with navigation, information, and a culture of care to Veterans, families, and visitors.

What do Red Coat Ambassadors Do?

  • Ambassadors are staffed at each main entrance during the core business hours Monday through Friday.
  • Coverage will be available during busiest hours and days of the week as determined
  • Positioned near front entrances to provide easy access to information and assistance for Veterans
  • Greet Veterans entering the building with a big smile
  • Wear a uniform consisting of a red coat or vest to be easily identified by Veterans
  • Offer information and assistance with navigation
  • Give directions or personally escort Veterans to appointments
  • Ambassador may assist with capturing Veteran feedback and complaints

To learn more about the Red Coat Ambassador Volunteer program, or to Volunteer for the program, please contact Tommy Mendoza by phone: 415-750-2144 Email: Tommy.Mendoza@va.gov or visit the Voluntary Service Office (San Francisco VA Medical Center, 4150 Clement St., Bldg. 7, First Floor, Room 120)

Donate Online with E-Donate

Our simple, safe and speedy E-Donate service allows supporters to easily give their support online. The actual donation is made through a secure Department of the Treasury site. A minimum of $5 is required for online donations, and you can donate by any electronic means commonly used on the Internet today (e.g., credit card or debit card). Please choose the San Francisco VA Medical Center, select an amount to donate, and you choose how your donation will support local Veterans.

Please click on the "Make a Difference"/E-Donate button on this page. We have many ongoing programs that need your support. Please give what you can.

Your tax-deductible gift can take many forms: cash, check, donating through trusts, bequests, estate planning, or Wills. Please call the Voluntary Service office at (415) 750-2144 for more information and an appointment.

Non-cash Contributions

Non-cash constributions are used solely for the comfort and welfare of our Veteran patients. Needed are such items as: current magazines and books, coffee and cookies, new clothing, telephone cards, Canteen books, and many other items.








Voluntary Service
4150 Clement Street
Bldg. 7, First Floor, Room 120



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