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VA Center for Development and Civic Engagement

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About Us

Each year community volunteers give selflessly of their time and resources in service to America’s Veterans.  It is impossible to calculate the amount of caring and sharing that these volunteers provide to Veteran patients.  VA volunteers are a priceless asset to the Nation’s Veterans and to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Please join the CDCE family and make a difference in the lives of America’s heroes.

Center for Development and Civic Engagement (CDCE)
  • Founded in 1946 to provide for our nation’s Veterans while they are cared for by VA health care facilities
  • One of the largest centralized volunteer program in the Federal government
  • More than 7,400 national and community organizations support the program
  • Volunteers have provided over 760 million hours of service and nearly $1.9 billion dollars in gifts and donations since 1946
Community Assistance

Assist Veteran patients by augmenting staff with end of life care programs, foster care, community-based volunteer programs, hospital wards, nursing homes, and Veteran outreach centers.

  • Annual contributions of over $166 million in gifts and donations
  • Volunteers contributed more than 3.3 million hours of service to Veterans in FY2022
  • VA volunteers are a priceless asset to America’s Veterans and to VA
How do I sign up to be a VA Volunteer?

You have two convenient ways:

  1. Contact the Department of Veterans Affairs facility nearest you.  Ask for the CDCE (formerly Voluntary Service) office.  Tell their staff of your interest in becoming a VA Volunteer.  The staff will take care of everything else including your interview, orientation, and assignment!  Locate the VA facility nearest you.
  2. Fill out the Volunteer Now! form on our Volunteer or Donate page.  Someone from your local CDCE office will contact you with additional information.
Contact the Center for Devlopment and Civic Engagement National Office

810 Vermont Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20420
(202) 461-7300
Contact CDCE Via Email