Corporate Volunteers Descend on C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center to Give Back to Veterans - Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
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Corporate Volunteers Descend on C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center to Give Back to Veterans

January 25, 2017

BAY PINES, FL – A small army of more than 150 employees from Southwest Airlines descended on the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center to give back to America's Veterans by completing a host of volunteer assignments on Jan. 11, 2017.

From site beautification and landscaping, assisting with pharmacy mail outs, a little balloon volleyball and more, the corporate volunteers took every opportunity to serve those who once donned the military uniform in service to the nation.

“Today is an opportunity to bring the Southwest Airlines marketing team to [Bay Pines] and spend time here with those who served…interacting with them, working on beautification projects, anything that folks here need, we want to be hands on today,” said Thais Hanson, Advisor in Culture and Communications, Southwest Airlines, during the day of the event.

The volunteer activities were coordinated by United Way Suncoast and the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System's Voluntary Service department. The local partnership between Bay Pines and the United Way makes it possible for large volunteer outings to occur at the medical center consistently throughout the year.

“Assisting Veterans is one of our main focuses out in the community,” said Jonathan Terry, Manager, Corporate and Community Engagement, United Way Suncoast.

“Southwest Airlines reached out to us with [Veterans] being one of their corporate social responsibilities. We reached out to Bay Pines and set up a few projects for [Southwest Airlines] to have a meaningful experience with the [VA],” he said.

For Veterans at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center, visits from volunteers brighten their day and remind them of the community support for America's Heroes across Tampa Bay.

“I think it is wonderful that Volunteers come out…for a small thing like playing volleyball with a balloon,” said Robert Henry, U.S. Navy Veteran, World War II and Korean War.

To learn more about VA's largest Voluntary Service program in the state of Florida and to find out how you can give back to Veterans, visit www.baypines.va.gov/giving.  

About Bay Visions News Brief

Bay Visions News Brief is a video news product line developed by the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System Office of Public Affairs and Medical Media Services. The news videos complement Bay Visions - a quarterly magazine distributed to Veterans, family members, VA employees and Volunteers, members of the general public and other stakeholders.

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About the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

The Bay Pines VAHCS is one of the nation’s leading VA healthcare systems, employing more than 4,000 medical professionals and support staff dedicated to providing the very best care to Veterans residing in southwest Florida. The organization is the fifth busiest VA health care system in the country in terms of patients served and is accredited by The Joint Commission, Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and several other nationally recognized accrediting organizations. The Bay Pines VAHCS operates nine facilities to include the main medical center located in Bay Pines and outpatient clinics located in Bradenton, Cape Coral, Naples, Palm Harbor, Port Charlotte, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, and Sebring. To learn more, please visit www.baypines.va.gov, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vabaypines, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/vabaypines.