Plus, Say Thanks with an Armed Forces Care Package from My Hero Crate
You’ve seen military members make big sacrifices to our country, and you want to return the favor.
As a civilian with loved ones in the military, you probably already know of lots of opportunities locally to help out.
But if you don’t know anyone who could guide you to volunteer opportunities, then you might want to consider My Hero Crate’s five favorite ways to volunteer. Each requires a varying amount of resources and time, so you’re sure to find one that works for you.
Volunteer at VA Hospitals
Just like you’d see “candy stripers” at civilian hospitals, VA hospitals utilize volunteers. Hospital volunteers perform many tasks to help support medical staff and patients.
As a VA hospital volunteer, you might be asked to answer phone calls, direct visitors to the right hospital area, restock supplies, or deliver gifts to military patient rooms. You may even be asked to visit with hospitalized patients to keep them company. The ultimate goal is to free up time for medical staff to focus on providing patient care.
Build Houses for Returning Disabled Troops
Homes for Our Troops is a nonprofit organization that builds houses for disabled servicepeople who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. They also adapt existing homes to accommodate those who served.
You can donate money or land, or help to build these homes if you have experience as a contractor, builder, or in other relevant trades.
Participate in a Letter-Writing Campaign
Operation Gratitude runs a letter-writing campaign in which anyone can write letters or short notes or send greeting cards to veterans and active military members to thank them for their service and connect with them.
It’s an especially wonderful opportunity if you have limited time or transportation resources, since you can participate from the comfort of your own home. And who doesn’t love receiving mail? At My Hero Crate, we know it better than most!
Employ Veterans in Your Business
Although not technically a volunteer opportunity, if you run your own business, you can become an employment partner with Hire Heroes USA to do your part.
Employment partners help veterans get jobs in their businesses after they receive job training. And if you, too, are a veteran, you can help provide that job training, assist with mock interviews, or provide career counseling to other veterans, using your experience working in your business.
Volunteer with the USO
Short for United Service Organization, the USO is vital in providing active service members through entertainment, military care packages, and transitional services.
When you volunteer with USO, you could do things like help organize special events, greet returning military members at homecomings, work the front desk at USO offices, and more. If you have special skills, the USO will find a place for you to help out locally.
Send a Military Care Package Today
Opportunities to volunteer to benefit our military members are numerous.
But If you want to do something nice for your own loved one in the military, or you want to be sure your favorite veteran directly benefits from your actions, consider sending them a military care package from My Hero Crate.