Army of Volunteers
Over 45,000 VA volunteer hours were logged in 2014 at the American Lake Veterans Golf Course.
The American Lake Veterans Golf Course would not exist without its nearly 200 volunteers. No government funding exists for operation and maintenance of the course, and there is not one single paid employee. Volunteers, ranging in age from 23 to 92, give selflessly of their time to support our servicemen and women regaining hope and strength while playing the great game of golf.
Bound by one common purpose, former privates, retired generals and committed civilians— some with their own disabilities— come together to serve and assist America’s veterans.
Volunteer positions range from management to cutting grass and picking up range balls. We are always in need of additional volunteers. With the course expansion to 18 holes, our need has doubled. Positions that are available to all interested parties are:
• Administrative / finance / clerical
• Computer troubleshooting
• Data entry
• Check-in counter personnel
• Grounds maintenance crew (includes grass cutting, sprinkler system, etc)
• Vehicle maintenance (mechanics)
• Course marshals
• Course starters
• Handyman / carpenter
• Club repair
• Barbeque cooks and helpers
• Trainers / coaches / assistants
• General workman (range balls, etc)
Volunteers are eligible to join the golf course (otherwise only open to veterans) and will receive free membership after their first year, if they work at least 160 hours during that period (prorated amounts for interim hours). Grounds maintenance crew receives immediate free golf as an incentive to join a crew.
Interested volunteers may apply in person at the Volunteer Services office in building 9 at the American Lake VA Hospital in Lakewood or can go to http://www.volunteer.va.gov/index.asp and apply on-line. There are many volunteer opportunities throughout the VA hospital. All interested parties must fill out an application, be able to pass a federal government background security check and attend a short training session.