Become a Community Partner with Soldiers’ Angels

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 by apalmer  | Comments (4)


Remember that list of resolutions we gave you for 2015?

Here's how you can make a BIG impact on the lives of deployed soldiers and injured or ill veterans.

Soldiers' Angels is looking for Community Partners to help us with the work we are doing in our continually expanding list of VA Hospitals that we support. Soldiers' Angels utilizes many volunteers and community partners in order to keep our overhead low and provide as much support as we can to military families, wounded warriors, deployed service members and veterans.

What's a Community Partner?

Community partners are simply groups of people who help support our efforts to ensure that no soldier goes unloved. A community partner can be a business, organization, civic group, church, school or any group of people willing to help Soldiers’ Angels support our military throughout the year.

Our Community Partnerships run from January 1-December 31. They can start at any time during the year but end at the end of the year.

What do Community Partners Do?

As a community partner, you can do a number of things to help – it all depends on your resources and interest. Here are some immediate needs that you may be able to help with.

1. Host a Collection Drive.

We have a number of different drives that can be set-up. One would be for old cell phones, iPods, printer cartridges, and other technology items. These items are collected and sent to the Funding Factory for Recycling. This helps us gain funding for the various programs that we run.

Another collection drive is for wish list items to be used in care packages, hygiene kits, sack lunches for homeless vets and to stock VA snack bars. In order to be considered a community partner, your group will need to collect 50 of our wish list items and mail them to an address provided by us.

2. Collect Monetary Donations

It costs us approximately $15 to mail each care package and $45 to stuff and mail a care package. Organizing a fundraiser in partnership with us helps us keep sending smiles and much needed items overseas. To be a community partner, groups are asked to raise a minimum of $150 from monetary collections during the calendar year in which your group is participating.

3. Quarterly or Monthly Meal Donations

This is ideal if you are in the restaurant industry. Soldiers' Angels hosts numerous luncheons, dinners and BBQs for veterans and ill or injured military at the VA Hospitals we serve.

4. Volunteer Your Time As a Group

We've got lots of care packages to stuff, events to help out at and hygiene kits to put together and pass out. If your group is more of a hands-on type of group, we'd love to have you volunteer your time as a community partner.

Sign me up!

If you'd like to become a community partner, please email info@soldiersangels.org or call (210) 629-0020.

You can also read more details about the Community Partners Program and fill out an application to join here. On the last page, you will find an application form which can be filled out and emailed to jcernoch@soldiersangels.org.


Comments (4)

  1. Marianne Freitas:
    Nov 19, 2015 at 01:41 PM

    I want to send Christmas card to those serving overseas. How do i go about this? I contacted the National guard and the red cross. I gotten any response yet. I am not a part of a group.

  2. Michelle Julazadeh:
    Nov 20, 2015 at 03:08 PM

    Hi Marianne and thanks for your comment. There are very few programs that still accept holiday cards for deployed service members. This is due to a mix of things: the recent drawdown in deployments, the overwhelming amount of holiday cards that most organizations receive, and the difficulty of getting these millions of cards to our deployed service members.

    Soldiers' Angels does still accept cards, but only from those that are members of our Holiday Community Partner Program. This program puts together an entire stocking of supplies, including holiday cards, and distributes the stockings to deployed service members as well as veterans in VA Hospitals nationwide. Unfortunately, the 2015 Holiday Community Partners Program registration just closed on 11/15/2015.

    You can still participate if you sign up as regular Community Partner-- as described above. If this is something you are still interested in, please email InKind@soldiersangels.org and someone can help you further.

    Hope that helps!
    Michelle Julazadeh
    Online Communications Manager
    Soldiers' Angels

  3. Lisa-Maria:
    Jul 01, 2017 at 07:49 PM

    Chi Epsilon Chapter of ESA is interested in donating cards throughout the year - especially holidays. We have 6 members. Is this something we can do? Thank you for your quick response.

  4. Soldiers' Angels:
    Jul 05, 2017 at 03:17 PM

    Hello Lisa-Maria! We recommend collecting items that are on our "Wish List" which can be found here: http://soldiersangels.org/assets/documents/care-package-wish-list-2017.pdf. As you can imagine, we receive a lot of cards throughout the year, but are always in need of the items on that list to include in care packages and hygiene kits.

    I emailed you a more detailed response-- hope to hear back from you.

    Thanks,

    Michelle Julazadeh
    Online Communications Manager
    Soldiers' Angels


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