Just because it’s not Veteran’s Day doesn’t mean you can’t support the veterans in your community. In fact, supporting veterans is something your family should strive to do regularly—not just because it’ll help those who sacrificed for you, but because it’ll help you get into the habit of helping those in need. When you take the time to support veterans in your community, you’ll see first-hand the power of giving back. Learn more about how to support your local veterans below!
This one is pretty simple and doesn’t ask too much of you. With COVID-19, you may not feel safe doing this quite yet, but when you do, reach out to your local (Veterans Affairs) VA organization to see if they have a volunteer transportation network. It allows volunteers to donate their time and the use of their vehicles to veterans in need.
If not that, you can reach out to the local veterans in your neighborhood and let them know that you’re available if they need anything! Even that simple gesture can make a difference.
Visit a VA Facility
When you’re able and allowed to do so, try to visit your local VA facility. Better yet, when you can, visit them regularly so that you can create a relationship with the veterans. They may not have many visitors to help brighten their days, so the time you spend with them will make an impact.
Make sure to contact the staff before you go. They’ll be able to identify the veterans that would benefit most from a visit.
Donate Time to a Veteran Organization
In a similar sense, start volunteering with a veteran organization when you can. Depending on the organization you partner with, you could do anything from clerical work to organizing events to helping veterans get through their day-to-day activities. Research local veteran organizations, and then see in what capacity they accept volunteers.
Volunteer Your Services
If you have a more specific skillset that you’d like to provide, see whether these can help local veterans. These skills can range from IT skills, tax preparation, medical training, therapy, business start-up advice, and so much more. One of the best ways to support your local veterans is by offering your skills free of charge. Most won’t have the capability or resources to pay for this type of assistance, so you could make a big difference.
Donate to Organizations That Support Veterans
One of our favorite support tactics is one that you can do year-round, no matter how busy you are. You can turn to GreenDrop. Donate clothes and home goods, and we’ll turn those into a monetary payment to the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Your quick clothing donation makes a direct impact!
Start helping local veterans now, and schedule a clothing donation pick-up in NJ. Feel confident knowing your donation makes an impact!