In today’s society, many people are looking to make a difference in their communities. With the ever-growing population of veterans, opportunities are abundant for them to do just that. By becoming involved with one or more of these veteran-run non-profits, your contribution can make a huge difference in someone’s life while allowing you to be proactive about helping others and making change happen.
The following five organizations are all veteran-owned and operated non-profit groups that work hard every day to provide valuable services for those in need:
1) Team Rubicon (TR)
Team Rubicon is a veteran-owned and operated disaster response organization founded by combat medic Jake Wood in October 2010. TR was the first organization to organize teams to respond and assist with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in 2012. Since then, they have built an international network of volunteers ready to deploy at a moment’s notice to areas affected by natural disasters.
Their operating model is based on “military efficiency, volunteer compassion, and crowdsource collaboration,” where teams of highly trained veterans deploy to disaster zones within 48 hours of an event. TR volunteers have also responded to events in Nepal, Haiti, the Philippines, Indonesia, Texas, and Louisiana, and more. TR’s mission is to provide trained veterans for disaster response and help bring communities together in helping others. Located in: New Orleans, LA
2) The Mission Continues
The Mission Continues is an organization that seeks to help veterans transition back into civilian life by providing them with opportunities to serve their communities and continue building skills they learned while serving in the military.
Since its inception, TMC has connected over 1,400 veterans with service opportunities, engaged in over 1,000 service projects, and helped to create more than 4,500 new jobs through the various businesses that support their cause.
3) The Veterans Leadership Program
The Veterans Leadership Program is a non-profit organization that helps veterans transition from the military to civilian life by providing them with leadership, career, and personal development training.
Since its inception in 2007, TLP has provided over 1,400 veterans with educational resources and helped place 400+ veterans in jobs at companies like LinkedIn, Starbucks, Coca-Cola, United Health Group, and many more. Most importantly, TLP believes that every veteran can become a leader in their community. Because of this belief and others like it, TLP had had a significant impact on veterans’ lives since 2007. Located in: Santa Monica, CA
4) Team Red White & Blue (Team RWB)
Team Red, White, and Blue provide veterans with opportunities to give back to their communities and provide peer support to other transitioning service members. Located in: San Diego, CA
5) Team River Runner
Team River Runner operates programs that bring veterans together to help their communities and help transition from military life. Located in: Washington, DC