VOLUNTEER DRIVE TO HELP VETERANS
SICK & INJURED VETERANS IN CALIFORNIA NEED YOUR HELP!
OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE ALL OVER CALIFORNIA INCLUDING SONOMA COUNTY!
DAV TRANSPORTATION NETWORK
DAV vehicle resources work with county U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare (VHA) directors to provide transportation for Veterans to and from Veteran healthcare centers for scheduled medical appointments. Every VA Medical Center (hospital) has clinics in their outlying territories.
These vehicles transport between 1500 – 1700 veterans each month.
The San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) has clinics in the Bay Area including the North Bay and as far north as Eureka. Most Veterans living in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Humboldt counties use the SFVAMC system.
TWO TYPES OF VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
- DO YOU HAVE A CURRENT VALID DRIVER’S LICENSE?
- DO YOU HAVE ONE DAY PER WEEK AVAILABLE?
- SITS IN AN OFFICE AT THE NEW SANTA ROSA VA CLINIC
- ANSWERS AND MAKES PHONE CALLS
- COORDINATES DRIVERS
- USES A COMPUTER
Volunteers use VA-provided vehicles to transport patients from their homes to their VA appointments and back.
A background check and physical will be required, at no cost.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Health (VHA) Care System is responsible for processing all volunteer onboarding packages.
Unless stated, submit all Volunteer onboarding documents to the local VA, specifically to the “Center for Development and Civic Engagement Department” (formerly Volunteer Services).
Download the Onboarding Summary List to assist with keeping organized. Check back for updated revisions as we work to improve the list.
HOW TO APPLY
STEP 1: FILL-OUT ONLINE FORM
COMPLETE THE VOLUNTEER QUESTIONNAIRE AT THE FOLLOWING LINK: https://www.cdceportal.va.gov/volunteer_at_facility/
When filling out the form search and select “Santa Rosa VA Clinic (662GA)”. This clinic is under the management of the San Francisco VA Health Care System (662) (SFVAMC) also referred to as “VA Sierra Pacific Network (VISN 21)
STEP 2: READ
READ THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS
- Veterans Transportation Coordination – December 30, 2014
STEP 3: FILL OUT PAPER FORMS
AFTER COMPLETING THE BELOW FORMS, MAKE A COPY OF ALL FORMS AND SUBMIT THEM TO THE VA.
Click on the names below to download the form.
- Volunteer Application
- Universal Fingerprint Request Form
- SFVAHCS Baseline Health Status Intake Form
- Declaration for Federal Employment
- VA Volunteer Blue Badge
- Acknowledgment of Notice of Privacy Practices
- Tuberculosis Screening and Testing Form
- Assignment of Functional Categories VA Form 10-0539
- Driver’s License Verification
- COVID-19 Vaccination VA Form 10-263 – August 13, 2021
- Flu Prevention Update for Employees, Volunteers, Researchers and Trainees dated 11/18/2018.
- TMS Mandatory Training for Volunteers
- TMS Annual Mandatory Training For All Personnel TMS Course #VA 4300999
- TMS – HIPPA and Privacy
- TMS – Privacy and Information Security and Rules and Behaviors.
- Two (2) forms of ID (passport, social security card, identification, driver’s license, birth certificate.
- COVD vaccination card
- Immunization records
STEP 8: WATCH THE TRAINING VIDEO
The link to this unlisted Training Video is on YouTube and can be found on the downloadable document titled “Onboarding Summary.”
STEP 9: PROVIDE UPDATES
Please keep Chapter 48 updated on your onboarding process. Don’t hesitate to ask us questions or for assistance.
San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC)
4150 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94121-1545
Main Phone: 415-221-4810
North Santa Rosa VA Clinic
3841 Brickway Boulevard, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Main Phone: 707-569-2300
South Santa Rosa VA Clinic
2285 Challenger Way, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
Main Phone: 707-569-2300
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER?
It can take up to four (4) months to complete the onboarding and vetting process conducted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Although we know you are ready and rearing to go to help veterans, we appreciate your patience with the process.
WHICH VA DEPARTMENT WORKS WITH VOLUNTEERS?
The Center for Development and Civic Engagement Department (formerly Volunteer Services) at the San Francisco VA Medical Center (SFVAMC) assists volunteers with the onboarding process.
Phone: (415) 221-4810 ext 24218
Phone: (415) 750-2144
WHITE RIBBON PLEDGE
Please take a moment and take the “White Ribbon Pledge”. We encourage you to watch the following video where VA employees, Veterans, and community partners joined in taking the White Ribbon Pledge. More than that, we ask you to join us in taking the pledge today.
- VA San Francisco Health Care Locations
- Student Volunteer Program
- Find a Voluntary Service Office
- San Francisco VA Health Care Center for Development and Civic Engagement (formerly the Office of Voluntary Service).
- DAV Vans: Transportation for Veterans [note: the contact information on this webpage has not been updated. Any telephone messages left on this phone will not be answered because there is no one staffing the phone].
Guidelines for Patients using DAV vans
DAV van passengers are expected to follow certain guidelines, established by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the DAV National Headquarters. These guidelines include the following:
- All riders must be ambulatory (able to board and exit the van without the driver’s help).
- The DAV van driver is only allowed to stop the van for rest stops, emergencies, and to pick up and drop off passengers. Passengers should not ask the driver to make side trips to take care of their personal business.
- Passengers are not permitted to smoke, chew tobacco, drink alcohol, use foul language, or bring weapons, drugs, or any illegal substance on the van. Van drivers are not required to provide transportation to any Veteran who is intoxicated, abusive, or who poses a threat to the driver or other passengers.
- Passengers should not do anything to distract the driver.
- Passengers should wear seatbelts at all times. Any passenger who refuses to wear a seatbelt will be denied transportation.
- If a Veteran needs another individual (for example, a caregiver) to ride in the van with them, they need to get authorization from their VA attending physician or VA-certified nurse practitioner.
- Veterans being discharged or granted passes can ride on a DAV van during the van’s trip back to its home county only if space is available. The Veteran must be ready to leave when the van leaves the VA medical center.
- Veterans should be dressed and ready to leave for the hospital at the time specified. Drivers can’t wait for Veterans who aren’t ready to leave at the appointed time.
- Veterans can only bring with them items that they can hold on their lap or store under the seat.
- The DAV van is not an emergency vehicle. The driver may refuse to transport any Veteran who appears to be too ill to ride the van.
- Veterans who use the DAV Transportation Network will not be eligible to receive reimbursement for travel expenses.
(M-1, Part 1, Chapter 25, July 8, 1991)