Veterans Day is an important day for us to recognize and honor our military veterans' sacrifices. Volunteering our time and money to help veterans in our communities is one way we can express our gratitude. Here are some ways to volunteer to help veterans.
6 Veteran’s Day volunteering ideas to support veterans:
- Help veterans readjust
Re-transitioning into civilian life is a massive mental challenge for veterans, who are used to living in a military bubble all through their lives. Your organization can play a big role in helping them with the transition, by supporting veterans with value cards that include quotes, anger management tips, and positive thoughts.
You can help them take that first, crucial step towards re-transitioning into our world, and make a big difference in a few hours.
- Help Veterans find a home
Helping veterans lay the foundation for their post-military lives starts with finding housing facilities to live in. Your organization can engage volunteers to raise awareness by creating content in the form of digital handouts that can assist veterans access community housing resources and outreach programs.
By doing so, you’ll be helping veterans find affordable housing for themselves and their families, allowing them to transition back to a new routine.
- Spread the Christmas spirit, from home!
Who doesn’t love some Christmas cheer? Veterans deserve all the love and support during the festive season, and you can be the source of their Season’s Greetings and joy! Your organization can help design encouraging, and lighthearted festive cards for Christmas, and fill their festive season with some much-needed love and gratitude.
The activity takes just an hour to do, but the feeling of accomplishment and joy can’t be overstated.
Volunteers, with their families, will design encouraging festive cards for Christmas for the veterans. These cards will help spread cheer to veterans and fill their festive season with love and gratitude.
- Amplify the stories that matter
Military servicemen are full of inspirational stories and one can gain so much perspective listening to them. Putting their stories together in the right words can go as far as making a difference to a soul searching for answers in life, and your organization can play a part in facilitating the same.
Volunteers can write super inspiring stories and articles on the men and women who have served in the US Military, with the support of their family members, as required. It can help raise awareness of their life stories while also providing some clarity and understanding of their work.
- Creating Care Packages
While this may be a year-round pastime, it is particularly appropriate on Veterans Day. Creating care packages for veterans is an excellent way to show your gratitude and support, and help them tremendously in their transition to civilian life.
Volunteers can also include cards of appreciation for their efforts as well as season’s greetings in the gifts, which will then be sent to the non-profit. It’s the perfect opportunity for those who don’t have time to arrange a collection/packaging event for Veterans Day.
- Assistance with home repairs or garden work
Some veterans may require help with minor house repairs or garden labor. You may assist make their living conditions better and more functional by donating your time and expertise. Contact organizations such as Habitat for Humanity or your local Veterans Affairs office to check if any projects need volunteers.
Remember that every act of service or gratitude can make a difference in the life of a veteran. Consider devoting some time on Veterans Day to thanking those who have served our country.
How to get started?
At Goodera, we’ve partnered with numerous veteran support groups and nonprofits in America to curate and design purposeful in-person, remote, and outdoor veteran support volunteering activities that can assist and empower veterans. Explore volunteering activities in 20+ languages across 100+ countries, so your team can create an impact wherever they are this Veteran’s Day.