Pennsylvania Department of Military Affairs and Veterans Affairs Appreciates Volunteers at its Veterans Homes

Annville, Pennsylvania – During National Volunteer Month in April, the Pennsylvania Department of Military Affairs and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) would like to thank the hundreds of people who volunteer their time and talents to help the staff and residents of our six homes for veterans.

“We are grateful and grateful for every hour our volunteers spend caring for the residents of our Veterans Homes,” said Brig. Gen. (PA) Maureen Weigl, DMVA Deputy Adjutant General for Veterans Affairs. “We appreciate the sacrifices our residents have made to defend our nation, and we also appreciate the volunteers who bring extra joy, lend a helping hand and give a friendly smile to our residents every day. Our homes would not run as efficiently without the help of our dedicated volunteers.

Volunteers provide crucial assistance to staff at homes, including transporting residents to events, helping with meals, participating in fun activities, manning the snack stand, and accompanying them on field trips.

Throughout the month, each house will recognize volunteers with events including banquets, appreciation lunches and pinning ceremonies. Weigl and other senior DMVA leaders will attend the events to personally recognize the volunteers for their valuable service caring for the residents of the six homes.

In 1974, President Richard Nixon, by executive order, established National Volunteer Week to celebrate and recognize the efforts of all volunteers. Every year since then, each president has issued a proclamation for National Volunteer Week. This year it is the week of April 17-23. Over the years, National Volunteer Week has grown into an entire month of celebrations.

The six veterans’ homes are: Delaware Valley Veterans’ Home (DVVH) in Philadelphia (Philadelphia County); Gino J. Merli Veterans Center (GMVC) in Scranton (Lackawanna County); Hollidaysburg Veterans’ Home (HVH) in Hollidaysburg (Blair County); Pennsylvania Soldiers and Sailors Home (PSSH) in Erie, Erie County; Southeastern Veterans Center (SEVC) in Spring City, Chester County; and the Southwest Veterans Center (SWVC) in Pittsburgh (Allegheny County).

For more information about Veterans Homes as well as volunteer opportunities, visit www.VeteransHomes.pa.gov or follow DMVA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/padmva or Twitter at www.twitter.com/padmva.

MEDIA CONTACT: Joan Nissley – [email protected]

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