Sponsor A Veteran in Need
Help provide monthly groceries for a U.S. veteran living in poverty
American veterans face a tough array of challenges when they return from active service: poverty, hunger, physical and mental illnesses, drug abuse, chronic unemployment, homelessness.
Last year, almost 38,000 veterans – many with disabilities – were identified as homeless nationwide, with 14,500 literally living on the streets, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs. And while veteran homelessness is down since 2010, too many of the men and women who’ve sacrificed to serve their country still struggle to rebuild their lives on their own.
Now, through our recently launched Sponsor A Veteran Program, you can make an immediate difference in the life of a specific veteran who is struggling in profound poverty.
How does it work?
Donors sign up online to sponsor an individual veteran in need. Your recurring, monthly donation of $36.50 (or $18.50 to share a sponsorship) will provide a weeks’ worth of groceries to the veteran we match you with.
Once you sign up, we’ll email you information about the veteran you are sponsoring, including their first name, age, birth date and basic military service details.
Want to do more?
You can also choose to package up and mail items your matched veteran might not otherwise have access to, such as warm winter outerwear, personal hygiene products, books or other reading materials. We’ll provide more information about these options when you sign up.
Or “Adopt the House” for a pizza party or a hot take-out meal! Your one-time $50 donation will allow us to provide 12 veterans living in group housing with pizza, or your $150 donation will provide them with a hot take-out meal.
Adopt the House
Individual veterans in need are recommended to our program by Family Services of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, by Mental Health America of Dutchess County in Poughkeepsie, NY and by Westhab, Inc., in Yonkers, NY. Veterans recommended by Westhab are currently living in a group supportive housing facility, and veterans recommended by Family Services of Westchester and Mental Health America are living on their own. All struggle each month to cover their basic expenses.
Sponsor A Veteran: 1 to 1
Sponsor an impoverished U.S. veteran living in a supportive housing facility. Your monthly donation of $36.50 will provide “your” matched veteran with a reliable week’s worth of groceries, month in and month out.
Sponsor A Veteran: 2 for 1
On a budget but eager to help? Co-sponsor a veteran in need.
Our 2-for-1 option allows you to sign up with a friend (just email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know their name) or we will match you with a co-sponsor from our list of donors.
Your automatic monthly donation of $18.50*, combined with your co-sponsor’s donation, will provide your assigned veteran with enough groceries to get them through the end of the month.
The veterans services organizations we partner with are
- Westhab, Inc., Yonkers, NY
- Family Services of Westchester, White Plains, NY
- MHA (Mental Health America) of Dutchess County Vet2Vet, Poughkeepsie, NY