Each year, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation through our American Warrior Initiative holds dozens of real estate CE Bootcamps and fundraisers throughout the country, which allow us to educate agents and raise money to provide service dogs, business grants and necessary funds for local veterans in need.
‘Commitment to Serve’ is one of our core values, and something our team abides by every day. In addition to raising money for AWI, we try our best to volunteer in our communities, one place being the local VA Hospital in West Roxbury, MA. After years of volunteering, we have come to meet several hometown heroes at the VA who deserve to be recognized for their dedication to our vets.
Meet Stan and Janet – husband and wife who are full time volunteers at the West Roxbury, MA VA. In their roles as full time volunteers, Stan and Janet undertake a number of different responsibilities for the veteran’s and their families.
Stan’s main duty is to help patients fill out the vast amount of paperwork required upon submission to the hospital. He is also a Certified Driver for the local DAV, giving patient’s rides to appointments throughout New England. “We’re all here to help the vets and their families. Whatever they need, we’ll do it,” says Stan, while also noting that he takes calls any time of day or night.
Janet is a patient liaison in the surgical unit of the hospital, also helping patients fill out paperwork and directing them to the appropriate parties when they have questions or need assistance. She also organizes weekly move nights for the admitted patients who are not able to leave the hospital. “My father, son and husband were all in the service – this is my way of giving back to our vets. I love spending time and getting to know them.”
Like Stan and Janet, many volunteers at the VA undertake a number of different roles – like the welcoming crew of VA Ambassadors. Bert, Pat and Walter, pictured below, greet every patient, caregiver and volunteer upon entry and direct them where to go in the hospital.
Another group of volunteers has recently started a new project, beautifying the courtyards throughout the hospital with blooming plants and seasonal décor.
But none of these volunteer opportunities would be possible without the VA’s volunteer service team, led by Mary Lou Girard. Mary has worked in Veteran’s Services for more than 10 years, and has worked specifically in volunteer service for the past four years. She is always eager to meet with new volunteers and let them know how they can also help our vets.
While the Veteran’s Day holiday reminds us to commemorate our vets, we don’t often recognize the volunteers who are working to help our veteran’s every single day. We at Fairway thank you all for your service and dedication to helping those in need.
If you are interested to learn how you can get involved at the West Roxbury VA, please contact us here.