As part of our mission to encourage the spiritual and moral strengthening of mankind and to prevent and relieve sickness and injury, in 2012 the U.S. Priory established the St John Volunteer Corps (SJVC). The Volunteer Corps provides the opportunity for hands-on service with fellow Members, much like the volunteer service that the Order’s members provide in other countries through the St John Ambulance organizations. The SJVC’s scope of authorized services includes serving Veterans and their families in the general community as well as in VA centers.
The U.S. Priory has chosen to initially focus its Members’ volunteer service in support of veterans. Volunteers are able to choose from an extensive list of activities, including serving at VA clinics and hospitals, transporting patients to appointments and assisting with entertainment and educational programs.
Members also volunteer to help with special recreational activities such as day trips, providing meals to veterans residing in Fisher Houses and mentoring military men and women who have retired early from the military (due to service-related injuries) as they transition into the private sector.