What Is It?
The primary health care provider for almost 130,000 veterans in southeast Texas, and provider of specialized care for veterans from around the country.
Participants in the Summer Teen Volunteer Program perform tasks throughout the hospital. Volunteers may also collect needed items. Please visit the Summer Program web page for COVID-related updates.
Minimum Age to Volunteer
14, with a maximum age of 17.
6 weeks (Summer Teen Volunteer program)
The Medical Center will provide an orientation and training as needed.
SUMMER TEEN VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
During this 6-week program, volunteers engage in supervised activities in a variety of areas throughout the Medical Center, participate in military cultural awareness events, socialize with their fellow peers, and gain a greater understanding of providing exceptional healthcare for Veterans. Application period is normally January/February; 2021 status TBA.
DONATE NEEDED ITEMS
The Center welcomes donations of supplies such as:
Afghans (bed size) • Lap Robes, Wheel chair & Walker bags • New women’s pajamas • New Socks • New undergarments in unopened packages • New Caps/Hats • Playing Cards • Puzzles (new & under 500 pieces) • DVD’s • New/Gently used Board Games or Wii / Playstation 3 games • New/Gently used handheld games & batteries • Travel-sized toiletry items • Combs, brushes, nail clippers • Books • Crossword Puzzle books • Magazines (no more than 6 months old) • Books on DVD/CD
Delivery must be scheduled in advance. More ideas and information are on the Center’s website.
MICHAEL E. DeBAKEY VA MEDICAL CENTER
Houston, Texas 77030
Houston, Texas 77030
Examples of past Scout projects
Girl Scout Troop 146139 donated 18 cases of Girl Scout cookies. (2020)
Eagle: Michael (Troop 777) made and donated a wooden book cart, along with nearly 60 paperback books and 35 hardcover books. (2016)
Boy Scout Troop 604 helped with a Flag Day event. They passed out cake, cookies, punch, tea, and various donated items in the Main Lobby, the Cancer Center, and the Dermatology Clinic. (2012)
Eagle: Thomas M. (Troop 55) created a movie library. He held a VCR/DVD donation drive, then raised $2,000 to buy more movies, bookcase kits, and a TV-VCR-DVD player that could be placed on a cart and moved from room to room in the hospital. He and a team of scouts built the bookshelves, and he created a catalogue of the 1,100 movies. (2005)