(this is a picture I took of the banner that hung above City Hall on 9/11. It was made by the MA 9/11 Fund + MA Military Heroes Fund families as well as Art Street + Boston Cares volunteers)
One last post on this blog and it’s dedicated to the Vthankyou. During the Vthankyou campaign, people are encouraged to make videos (60 seconds or less via vsnap.com) of thanks and support to our veterans. For every message recorded, $1 will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. This is a fantastic campaign, which I will disclose I am a part of, but y'all know me, I really appreciate any way to get involved with direct service. So…
Boston Cares (Boston) helps mobilizes more than 25,000 volunteers each year at more than 300 schools and non-profits in the Greater Boston area. I’ve been a project leader with them for years, most recently helping the weekend of 9/11 as they partnered with the Massaschusetts Military Heroes Fund and the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund. I heard first hand that they have some great partnerships coming up with veterans organizations so check them out to be in the know.
Home for Our Troops (Boston/National) is based out of Taunton, MA and they build specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans. They accept monetary donations, supplies, and labor.
Masschusetts Military Heroes Fund (Boston) provides “support, programs and services to the families of military service personnel from Massachusetts fallen in service to the United States in support of Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom”. They have a few events each year that need volunteers as well as opportunities to run the Boston Marathon to fundraise for them.
New England Center for Homeless Veterans (Boston) provides “homeless veterans with the tools for independent living”. I’ve helped serve dinner here, but there are definitely several ways you can get involved. Check out the How to Help section of the website. They also have a dinner and auction at the Seaport Hotel next Wednesday (link is a PDF).
The New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is encouraging volunteerism amongst their fans. On November 6th, they’re going to honor vets at the beginning of the game and they’ll be focusing on veterans services/volunteer opportunities the week of Veterans Day.
Wounded Warrior Project (Boston/National) is an incredible organization that honors and empowers wounded warriors. I first really started to follow this organization a few years ago when my brother helped run a cycling camp for them. There are lots of ways to get involved including volunteering with their Soldier Ride which happens nationwide.
Consider doing something… a little bit of volunteer work, writing a letter, recording a video. Just something. It’s a drop in the bucket compared to what they’ve done for us, but doing that little bit of service matters.