Detroit “VA Cares” Program Gives Back - John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan
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Detroit “VA Cares” Program Gives Back

Detroit VA employees lay laminate flooring.

Detroit VA employees have done a variety of volunteer work in the “VA Cares” Program.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The light blue t-shirts are becoming quite recognizable in the community!

More than a year ago, the Detroit VA Healthcare System “VA Cares” program began as a way for employees to work together to help others in the community.

VA Cares volunteers plant crops in a community garden.

Planting crops in a community garden was just one project the Detroit VA “VA Cares” Program took part in.

“Yes, we all have our favorite organization or charity that we spend time with on our own, but we wanted to come up with a program where employees could work together to help others,” said Dr. Pamela Reeves, Medical Center Director. “Working together to help others outside of the medical center not only helps build teamwork and camaraderie, it also shows those in the community how much we value those we partner with to care for our Veterans.”

“VA Cares” Program volunteers take a break.

The sometimes grueling work in the “VA Cares” Program is a welcome activity for the employees who volunteer to take part!

“It’s always an incredible four hours when we spend time packing food, planting crops, moving furniture,” said Lisa Olney, Public Affairs Officer who helps manage the program for the medical center. “I’m so touched by how much these projects mean to our employees.”

So far in FY15, the “VA Cares” program has done 21 projects with more on the horizon.

“Employees are lining up to take part!” said Olney.

If you are an organization that would like to get involved, contact the Public Affairs Office at the Detroit VA, vhadetpublicaffairs@va.gov.

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