One of the most difficult things for us to do as a nonprofit is celebrate accomplishments, knowing there are so many more veterans in need of help. However, it is important to measure the impact of our programs.
One such program DVNF has is the Health & Comfort program, by which we send critically-needed items like clothing, toiletries, and other vital goods to homeless and low-income veterans at stand down events and shelters. This program has already reached veterans in communities up and down the United States so far in 2017.
So far this year, we’ve sent 11 Health & Comfort shipments! Thousands of veterans now have clothing they may not have been able to afford, a new suit to help them land a job, or even something as simple as a new toothbrush or deodorant, which many might take for granted.
As for the organization’s Capacity Building Grants, it had one open session of grants in the spring, granting $436,000 to 32 organizations. The Capacity Building Grants are DVNF’s way of touching the lives of veterans through organizational partners throughout the country who offer programs that make a difference for veterans in their respective communities in their own unique ways.
“One of the most difficult things for us to do as a nonprofit is celebrate accomplishments, knowing there are so many more veterans in need of help,” said DVNF Chief Executive Officer, Joseph VanFonda (USMC SgtMaj Ret.). “However, it is important to measure the impact of our programs, and we feel that we’re on the right track for a great year.”
DVNF has set a $1 million goal in grant funding for 2017, and will announce a new group grant recipients soon. Its goal for the Health & Comfort program is to send 20 shipments for the year. In addition, it will also host its first resource fair for veterans in the Washington, DC area in November.
Your support has been vital to the wellbeing of our veterans, and I can’t thank you enough for your commitment to our heroes.
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