Adopt-a-VA

Serving our nation's Veterans

Supporting Veterans at the local level in partnership with the

Department of Veterans Affairs

Why Volunteer or take part in Social Support Programs?

 

Whether a Veteran is exiting homelessness, suffering from a visible or invisible wound of war or just seeking something to do, Social Support Programs can be a valuable tool in helping that Veteran readjust to society. It is important that every community have activities in which Veterans and community members can participate. It may be a sailing, hiking, boating, fishing program or any other number of activities.

 

 Anything that will help motivate the Veteran to join and socialize is important.

 

Coupled with the benefit to the Veteran and their family will be the immeasurable sense of accomplishment that Volunteers will feel at the end of the day. Volunteers can participate by taking part in events, visiting Veterans in a VA Hospital, in their home or in hospice. The opportunity to serve is endless.

 

Become a Volunteer today to start serving those who have served us!

Benefits of Social Interactions

 

"People who need people …" is more than just a phrase from a popular song. Having friends and outside interests can make a difference in living longer and healthier lives.

 

Everyone needs to feel loved and supported-especially as we grow older. As we age, friends truly can be lifesavers. The friend who brings the chicken soup makes as much difference in feeling better faster as the soup itself. Conversation, sharing, being in touch with others who have active, involved lives gives living a purpose. Sharing with friends helps multiply the joys and divide the sorrows.

 

Large, extended families that were often available for support are now fewer. The number of one-person households has increased. People often move far from their families to work or retire. But staying connected to family, friends and activities has never been more important.

 

In Maslow's Hierarcy of Needs the need for belongingness and love appears right after the physical needs of an individual have been realized.

 

Love and belongingness needs - friendship, intimacy, trust and acceptance, receiving and giving affection and love. Affiliating, being part of a group (family, friends, work).

 

This is the value of Social Support Programs (SSP) for our Veterans. By participating in activities the Veteran can re-acclimate themselves to working together and with others. Establishing a new bond of friendship.

 

For those who offer to support SSP and Volunteer there is the immeasurable feeling of having helped...and maybe even in becoming that new friend to a Veteran in need.

 

Become a Volunteer today!

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