John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan
Detroit “VA Cares” Program Gives Back
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.
“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.”
“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, email@example.com.