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Fisher House Volunteer Opportunities

Brig. Gen. Charles Potter, center, Air Force assistant surgeon general, cuts a ribbon to formally open Fisher House II May 30 at Travis. Base leaders, Fisher House organizers and numerous distinguished visitors from the community celebrated the oepning of the home that will provide a place of comfort for military members, veterans and their families who are enduring health-related hardships. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ken Wright)

Brig. Gen. Charles Potter, center, Air Force assistant surgeon general, cuts a ribbon to formally open Fisher House II May 30 at Travis. Base leaders, Fisher House organizers and numerous distinguished visitors from the community celebrated the oepning of the home that will provide a place of comfort for military members, veterans and their families who are enduring health-related hardships. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ken Wright)

A point-of-view aerial view of Fisher House II under construction, as seen from the DJI Phantom 1 aerial multirotor platform with GoPro H3 sports camera operated by Gil Gardner, 60th Medical Group medical multimedia manager. (Courtesy photo)

A point-of-view aerial view of Fisher House II under construction, as seen from the DJI Phantom 1 aerial multirotor platform with GoPro H3 sports camera operated by Gil Gardner, 60th Medical Group medical multimedia manager. (Courtesy photo)

Mr. Robert K. Rodweller, pictured here (front, far right) in front of the Travis Air Force Base Fisher House, on the second day of his "2007 Bicycle America for Wounded Veterans" cross country bicycle ride. Pictured with Mr. Rodweller are several of his riding partners and members of the Travis Hawks Cycling Club. Mr. Rodweller departed from San Francisco on June 3 to begin a 4,000 mile bicycle ride across our great country. Fifty-two days later on July 25, he will end his ride at Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He is dedicating his ride to the men, women and families of the Armed Services of this country by raising funds for the Fisher House Foundation. (USAF Photo by David W. Cushman/DAFC)

Mr. Robert K. Rodweller, pictured here (front, far right) in front of the Travis Air Force Base Fisher House, on the second day of his "2007 Bicycle America for Wounded Veterans" cross country bicycle ride. Pictured with Mr. Rodweller are several of his riding partners and members of the Travis Hawks Cycling Club. Mr. Rodweller departed from San Francisco on June 3 to begin a 4,000 mile bicycle ride across our great country. Fifty-two days later on July 25, he will end his ride at Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He is dedicating his ride to the men, women and families of the Armed Services of this country by raising funds for the Fisher House Foundation. (USAF Photo by David W. Cushman/DAFC)

Rosetta Bell, merchandise execution team supervisor, replaces the front porch lights Nov. 18 during the remodeling of the Travis Fisher House. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Madelyn Ottem)

Rosetta Bell, merchandise execution team supervisor, replaces the front porch lights Nov. 18 during the remodeling of the Travis Fisher House. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Madelyn Ottem)

Joshua Henderson, one of 66 volunteers that renovated the Travis Fisher House, re-caulks the bathroom sinks throughout the house Nov. 18. The Fisher House provides a respite for family members of patients staying at David Grant USAF Medical Center, free from financial stress. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Madelyn Ottem)

Joshua Henderson, one of 66 volunteers that renovated the Travis Fisher House, re-caulks the bathroom sinks throughout the house Nov. 18. The Fisher House provides a respite for family members of patients staying at David Grant USAF Medical Center, free from financial stress. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Madelyn Ottem)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Thirty-six teams gathered and competed in 'Viking Challenge' a 12-hour, team relay race at the Travis Air Force Fitness Center track, May 9. Three units from the 349th Air Mobility Wing - the 45th Aerial Port Squadron, the 349th Logistics Readiness Flight and the 349th Memorial Affairs Squadron - participated and collected donations for the Travis Fisher House.  See the June issue of the CONTACT magazine for the full story.  Pictured left to right, top to bottom, on the 349th Logistics Readiness Flight Team: Senior Airman Straudjah Turner, Senior Airman Akarie Quewon, Team Captain Master Sgt. Timothy Woods, Master Sgt. Loren Nickell, Chief Master Sgt. Michael McGillivray, Airman 1st Class Sondra Watson and Technical Sgt. John Kelly. (U.S. Air Force photo)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Thirty-six teams gathered and competed in 'Viking Challenge' a 12-hour, team relay race at the Travis Air Force Fitness Center track, May 9. Three units from the 349th Air Mobility Wing - the 45th Aerial Port Squadron, the 349th Logistics Readiness Flight and the 349th Memorial Affairs Squadron - participated and collected donations for the Travis Fisher House. See the June issue of the CONTACT magazine for the full story. Pictured left to right, top to bottom, on the 349th Logistics Readiness Flight Team: Senior Airman Straudjah Turner, Senior Airman Akarie Quewon, Team Captain Master Sgt. Timothy Woods, Master Sgt. Loren Nickell, Chief Master Sgt. Michael McGillivray, Airman 1st Class Sondra Watson and Technical Sgt. John Kelly. (U.S. Air Force photo)

After receiving the award for the Most Money Raised by a Team, the 615th Contingency Response Wing Phoenix Mobility Team, who also organized the event, pose for a photo with Col. John Lipinski, 615th CRW commander (left) and Rick Writer, Eagle Eye Engraving, who sponsored all of the trophies, t-shirts and water bottles for participants.  Viking Challenge, an annual 12-hour relay event, is the Travis Fisher House’s largest fundraiser each year.  (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Nicole Langley)

After receiving the award for the Most Money Raised by a Team, the 615th Contingency Response Wing Phoenix Mobility Team, who also organized the event, pose for a photo with Col. John Lipinski, 615th CRW commander (left) and Rick Writer, Eagle Eye Engraving, who sponsored all of the trophies, t-shirts and water bottles for participants. Viking Challenge, an annual 12-hour relay event, is the Travis Fisher House’s largest fundraiser each year. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Nicole Langley)

The Fisher House 8th Annual Holiday Tree Festival took place 4 December 2009 at Travis Air Force Base, California. 
 The Travis Fisher House is one of more than 30 homes built on military installations by the late Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher. They generously created a foundation to help military families in need where they can stay without charge when one of their members is hospitalized. 
 This year, the auction raised approximately $2,700 for the Travis Fisher House.   (U.S. Air Force photo by Civ/Nan Wylie)

The Fisher House 8th Annual Holiday Tree Festival took place 4 December 2009 at Travis Air Force Base, California. The Travis Fisher House is one of more than 30 homes built on military installations by the late Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher. They generously created a foundation to help military families in need where they can stay without charge when one of their members is hospitalized. This year, the auction raised approximately $2,700 for the Travis Fisher House. (U.S. Air Force photo by Civ/Nan Wylie)

Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher

Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher


There are three basic types of volunteer opportunities at the Travis Fisher House I & II:

Regularly Scheduled Volunteers
A volunteer who would like to come each week, on a specific day, during a specific time period. You pick the day and the time period you have available. Half an hour to a whole day, the choice is yours. These volunteers do the types of chores that have to be done each day. Some of the jobs include, unloading the dishwasher, baking brownies, making beds, re-ordering the refrigerator, arranging flowers, washing bed linens, and straightening up. Regularly Scheduled Volunteers also do those jobs that occur infrequently, like help turning mattresses and dusting behind the beds.

Occasional Volunteers
A volunteer -- usually a person who works swing shifts or is out of town often -- who calls in a day or so before they will have some time to volunteer. If we know they are coming we can have a selection of jobs that need doing and they can choose from all sorts of duties.

Special Functions Volunteers
A volunteer who volunteers for a specific project or job. This volunteer can choose a job such as maintaining the library or stocking the kitchen, create project/fund-raiser like our annual Viking Challenge or Golf Tournament, or even take a position on the board of directors. One might be the volunteer coordinator, maintain mail lists, or create theme days for the guests. These folks often work on their projects away from Travis Fisher House or do them seasonally. It depends on your talent, preference and the amount of time you have to invest.

All volunteers are asked to keep track of their hours in the Travis Fisher House Volunteer Book, so that we know how many wonderful people and how much time is invested in keeping our Travis Fisher House running smoothly. We cherish each and every volunteer because without them, Travis Fisher House would not exist. It's the work of these great people that raise the funds, and provide the love and support that spreads out to support our guests when they need us most. From the teen that helps out ½ an hour a week to the senior that's here for a day, our volunteers are needed, wanted, and appreciated!

Miscellaneous
Any skill you possess can probably be utilized to help the Travis Fisher House. So if you don't see the type of opportunity you would like listed and have an idea, just call Travis Fisher House at (707) 423-7550. The staff will be glad to work with you to make your volunteer experience an enriching and rewarding.

Additionally, many folks who are not listed here donate many hours and many meals to keep our military families that stay here fed. There are groups that volunteer one day per month to provide meals to our guests. Some cook here, some bring the food and drop it off, and some cook the meal (enough for themselves and guests) and invite the guests to join them. These volunteers often go unseen and sometimes unknown as individuals -- but never, ever go unappreciated.