DAV Magazine March/April 2018 : Page 15

about Volunteer for Veterans by contacting local news channels and radio stations to help promote the site. “Volunteer for Veterans is the total volunteer package,” said National Adjutant Marc Burgess. “There is something for everyone, and it has great potential to help so many veterans needing assistance.” In addition to participation at the individual and community levels, DAV’s oldest corporate partner is getting involved. Ford Motor Co. is rolling out Volunteer for Veterans to its employees as part of its corporate volunteer program. “DAV could not be more pleased that our long-standing and committed partner, the Ford Motor Co., will be involved in this project,” Burgess said. “With Forward March! veterans from of all ages.” them onboard, it’s our hope that more companies will follow suit.” DAV is inviting other corporate partners and volunteer communities to get involved with Volunteer for Veterans, as well. Q Learn More Online Visit volunteerforveterans.org to learn more, create a profile, nominate a veteran you know for assistance and volunteer. Be sure to check back often, as the site will update continuously with new information and could take time to spread to less-populated areas and suburbs. DAV.ORG | Last year, DAV launched the Forward March campaign that, throughout the month of March, challenged those who have received help from DAV or benefited from a veteran’s sacrifice to say thank you by giving one hour of their time in volunteer service to a veteran in their community. Forward March centers on using volunteers’ interests, abilities and talents to best serve their communities. Virtually anything that aids a local veteran can be considered a volunteer opportunity—from delivering groceries to assisting with yard work to spending an hour visiting a veteran in a nursing facility. During that initial campaign, DAV was able to add another 100 volunteers, who contributed nearly an additional 2,300 hours of volunteer service to veterans in need—the importance of which cannot be overstated for the veterans who were helped. This year, the introduction of Volunteer for Veterans aims to give the initiative an even bigger boost to promote volunteerism. “With help from the new Volunteer for Veterans platform, we hope we’ll be able to further build on our Forward March success from last year,” said Voluntary Services Director John Kleindienst. “This tool will make it easier to match individuals with volunteer opportunities and easier to report hours through DAV’s Local Veterans Assistance Program.” To take part in this year’s Forward March initiative, visit volunteerforveterans.org. FACEBOOK.COM/DAV | @DAVHQ | @DAVHQ 15

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