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Texas Association,

Directors of Volunteer Services

The Association of Choice for Healthcare Volunteer Programs

TADVS Past-Presidents

The Texas Association, Directors of Volunteer Services (TADVS), an affiliate chapter of AHVRP (www.ahvrp.org), is the choice professional membership chapter for healthcare volunteer services, retail operations and related support services disciplines. 

On this site you will find information about our organization, upcoming events, news and discussion forums.  Some features on the site have "Member Only" access.  Visit our membership page to find out why you should join TADVS today!

  • Provides forums for information exchange & networking with members around the state,
  • Promotes professional performance standards,
  • Conducts education programs,
  • Keeps you informed on healthcare topics and trends in healthcare volunteer management.


From The President


Dear TADVS Friends:

On behalf of your 2017-2018 TADVS Board of Directors, our heartfelt prayers go out to you, your families and to all those impacted by these devastating circumstances and magnitude destruction of Hurricane Harvey.  We pray for God’s strength to sustain you through these hard times and the restoration of livelihoods and communities.

As events continue to unfold and we witness the daunting challenges before the Gulf Coast - Houston and long road to recovery, we are moved to hear of the compassion and thousands of countless heroic acts of kindness by volunteers which have surfaced throughout the media and social media outlets. In honor of the human volunteer spirit and our volunteer profession, please join me as we honor those who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  We reach out to our TADVS friends, their families, their hospitals and health care systems as they diligently take one day at a time to put all the pieces back in place.

Wearing your hat of volunteer directors, managers, coordinators, gift shop managers and volunteers, we will network and share our resources. Let us do what we do best, let us pull together for our great fellow Texans, friends and families. We will step up as asked of us daily and mostly in a time of crisis -we are resource experts - we plan, we organize, we coordinate, and we do so with the mindset that it is always about people first, before processes! As a result, we proudly become the architects of a Volunteer Nation! A Volunteer Nation in heart, mind, spirit and action - we help beyond the geographic lines of our cities and hospitals.

To our TADVS family and volunteer community across the country who expressed concern and desire to get involved. Please visit our website "News" tab for latest updates from our TADVS member friends who live, volunteer and work in the Gulf Coast – Houston area.  We will post as they become available. Please follow us on Facebook. 

We encourage you to donate to the Red Cross, THA, https://www.tha.org/Harvey/AssistanceFund or to the organization of your choice which will help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Here are some ways to donate:

Texting HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10

Calling 1-800-RED CROSS

Or Mail your check to: American Red Cross, Attn: Harvey Relief, PO Box 97089 Washington, DC  20090

At the time of publication of this letter, Hurricane Irma is making its way to the United States, with possibility of landfall in Florida. Let us keep our family and friends in our prayers as they too will experience hardship and heartache.

With heartfelt prayers, appreciation, and restoration of order and peace,


Patricia Q. Garcia, CAVS

President, TADVS 2017-2018

Former Director Volunteer Services, Medical Center Health System, Odessa, Texas 79761, 




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