The Canandaigua VA will recognize over 655 regularly-scheduled volunteers for the 53,000 volunteer hours they contributed in 2016 toward caring for veterans.

The Canandaigua VA Medical Center will celebrate local volunteers on Wednesday, April 26, as part of National Volunteer Week. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will thank more than 74,000 citizen volunteers who give back to veterans every day and at local VA medical facilities.

Locally, the Canandaigua VA will recognize over 655 regularly-scheduled volunteers for the 53,000 volunteer hours they contributed in 2016 toward caring for veterans. The celebration will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the Burgundy Basin Inn in Bushnell Basin, Perinton.

“Volunteers are instrumental in assisting medical center staff in improving the quality of life for Veteran patients,” stated Michael Swartz, Canandaigua VA director. “For example, our volunteers have been very supportive in hosting baby showers and donating diapers, baby clothes and blankets to our women Veterans, who are expecting moms, to help improve their quality of life.”

National Volunteer Week also presents an opportunity for other citizens to join the ranks of volunteers serving veterans. “There are as many ways to volunteer as there are willing people to do so in the Greater Rochester area,” stated Robin Johnson, Voluntary Service manager. “Medical center staff could not do what they do without their help.”

In kicking off National Volunteer Week on April 23, the VA is inviting everyone in the community to explore how they can use their skills and unique assets to thank Veterans with service of their own. For more information, visit .