Asking for help in a time of crisis is not easy, especially for veterans, who are used to adapting to tough situations. At MVRC, we strive to be a “safe harbor” for vets–a space where they feel accepted and open to asking for help.
Every day, veterans and their families share with us their need for food, housing, employment and health-related services. Our mission is to give them the tools and resources they need to become self-reliant in their careers and lives. This May–National Military Appreciation Month–we’re inviting you to join us in our mission.
On Friday, May 1, we launched our first annual Help A Vet campaign in support of Ohio’s veterans and their families in need. To participate, make an online donation to one of our three funds addressing the significant barriers veterans face. A donation of $1 could provide $10 of groceries to a family in need. $50 could help a veteran obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and launch his or her post-service career.
However, supporting our funds isn’t the only thing you can do to contribute. Here are a three other ways you can Help A Vet this Military Appreciation Month.
1) Volunteer your time. Be a part of our mission in action. Throughout the year, volunteers provide important support to our programs including career fairs, resource fairs, food drives and special events that raise awareness for veterans issues. Call 614-230-0662 to find out about volunteer opportunities today.Veterans Services Specialist Brandon Taylor and volunteers run a raffle that benefitted vets in need at our Turkey Golf Tournament. (November 2014)
2) Make item donations. Donations don’t have to be monetary. We accept non-perishable food items for our food bank, as well as donations of professional clothing for vets in need of business attire. During the summer months, we collect donations of school supplies for Operation: Tools for School, our annual back-to-school drive that benefits military children. If you’d like to make a donation, call 614-230-0662 today.Veterans and their families will receive a 5-day emergency supply of food when they come to MVRC for food assistance.
3) Share your story. After you make your contribution, spread the word. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, etc. The more people who know about the movement, the more veterans we can help build stronger, healthier lives. You can also help grow the movement by sharing your story online. Don’t forget to use #HelpAVet when posting on social media or #Vet2Vet if you are a veteran.
With your support, we can inspire others to join the campaign and make a difference for Ohio’s veterans and their families.Veterans Services Specialist Kelley Koons helps a vet improve his job search skills.