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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.