For the week of Nov. 4, the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation will work in collaboration with Raytheon in cooperation with the Wounded Warrior Project, Operation Christmas Cards, Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund and Local Heroes. How do military and veteran volunteers make an impact? Raytheon in Cooperation with the Wounded Warrior Project
Operation Christmas Cards
- Raytheon firmly believes that, as Americans, we have a responsibility to give back to our nation’s servicemen and women. At Raytheon, we value the commitment they demonstrate every day to protect our country.
- 71,000+ employees embody the Raytheon mission everyday — to protect our soldiers and bring them home safely. Donations of time and money to armed services organizations by our employees affirm that commitment.
- Raytheon’s five-year, $2.5 million partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) enabled WWP to expand its Transition Training Academies (TTA) and educate more wounded warriors and caregivers. The partnership also enables our employees to engage in fundraising and volunteerism to empower wounded warriors and caregivers to compete for 21st century IT jobs.
Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund
- Military and veterans are willing to sacrifice their lives for us, and we encourage people to sacrifice some time to give back to them.
- It’s important to thank and support them and show them they are appreciated and boost their morale
- Many in our military are desperately in need of support. It can come by way of volunteering at organizations that provide support and services, by way of sitting and listening to their experience and just being a friend to them or something as simple as taking a few minutes to write a card to thank them.
- The ability to help children of fallen Massachusetts Service members by supporting their college education.
- The ability to help children whose fathers passed away in Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.
- The ability to help make a big difference in the lives of children whose families have given the ultimate sacrifice.
- Helping our servicemen and women know they are not forgotten.
- Families of troops need the support as well. Sending a care package is a small but powerful chance for peace of mind.
- There is no greater example of volunteering than joining the military. Our repayment to them is a reflection of their unyielding spirit and patriotism.
Congratulations to this week's "Patriots Difference Maker" – Amanda Sullivan Amanda SullivanVolunteer, Operation Christmas Cards
For four years, Amanda Sullivan has been tirelessly volunteering her time for Operation Christmas Cards. What was supposed to be a small effort to collect cards has now turned into a national program. In 2009 while working a full time job and volunteering all of her free time and preparing for our new building to open, Amanda launched Operation Christmas Cards in her church and on facebook. Her goal was 10,000 and over 87,000 cards came through the doors with Amanda tirelessly counting and packing the cards herself. She wanted to ensure that our troops were loved to life with holiday cards. Now four years later, the program has grown even bigger. More than 315,000 cards were sent last year and Amanda still continues to volunteer all of her time into ensuring that our troops know that they are loved and appreciated during the holidays. Operation Christmas Cards is truly a labor of love, a program that takes a lot of passion and one in which Amanda has fully volunteered her time to ensuring its continued success. She is Operation Christmas Cards and it is her volunteer efforts that have ensured that 542,000 members of the military have received cards during the past 3 years and most likely another 300,000 this year. She has inspired people to want to give back to our troops and to volunteer their time, not only in the making and collecting of these cards, but in their local programs or year round programs. What volunteer opportunities around the globe can I pursue? Raytheon in Cooperation with the Wounded Warrior Project
Operation Christmas Cards
- Veterans Dedication Nov. 10, Wrentham, Mass.
- The Terrace Cafe will be hosting a day-long event to support The Wounded Warriors Project. Beginning at 10 a.m. people can donate items for soldier care packages, donate blood and participate in a fun run. Contact: Terrace Café: 508.384.3269 or on the Terrace Cafe Facebook page.
- Send a care package to servicemen and women. The Wounded Warrior Project encourages people interested in donating items and/or sending care packages to our servicemen and women to visit Hero Box. With the holiday season quickly approaching please consider hosting a care packaging event or donate items to help make the holiday season away from family and friends a little easier for our deployed military.
- Tough Mudder events are obstacle courses design by the British Special Forces to test strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. More than half a million participants have tackled the course across the globe, raising more than $3 million for the Wounded Warrior Project.
- Registration for the 2013 Boston Tough Mudder event is now open. The event will be held May 11-12, 2013. There are many opportunities to volunteer, including registering a team, pumping the crowd up at the start-line, keeping the ice pits freezing cold, face-marking, running the registration tables and hydration stations and more. Visit Tough Mudder Boston for more information about the Boston event and to register your team or sign up to volunteer.
- A list of Wounded Warrior Project volunteer opportunities across the country can be found at http://www.proudsupporterwwp.org/misc/proud-supporter-events.aspx
- Reading cards sent in from across country to ensure appropriate content
- Counting and packing cards
- Filling out customs forms for boxes to go overseas
- Operation Christmas Cards will be housed in a new building called Bull Mansion which will be home to all things Veterans at the New England Dream Center, built in the 1800s, the building was converted to a restaurant and sat vacant for 3 years prior to being donated to us. We will need help with cleaning, painting, carpentry, remodeling, commercial kitchen maintenance, and more
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or firstname.lastname@example.org Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund
- Contact Ryan Durkin at email@example.com
- They are looking to work with a number of volunteers in three key areas: 1.) Public event support in and around Massachusetts, 2.) College research to better help children decide on which colleges to go to. 3) Help putting together a team to represent the MSLF at the annual Fenway Westfield whiffle ball tournament. The event goes on to raise thousands of dollars each year.
The Patriots Charitable Foundation is proud to work in conjunction with Raytheon, Operation Christmas Cards, Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund, and Local Heroes for "Military and Veterans Volunteerism Week." Raytheon in Cooperation with the Wounded Warrior Project About Raytheon Company
- Attend Local Heroes on a Wednesday night to help pack care packages. Contact LOUKOFC@aol.com , 978-658-6399
Raytheon Company, with 2011 sales of $25 billion and 71,000 employees worldwide, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning 90 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; and command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Mass. For more about Raytheon, visit www.raytheon.com and follow on Twitter at @raytheon
. About Wounded Warrior Project
Mission: To foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history. Its purpose is to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. For more information visit http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/mission Operation Christmas Cards
Loving troops one card at a time. Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund
The Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund (MSLF) was founded in 2004 with a simple goal: to provide educational assistance grants to the children of Massachusetts Service members who were killed while deployed on Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. We are proud to report that we are accomplishing our founding objective thanks to the support of individuals and organizations throughout the United States. With its current resources, the MSLF guarantees a minimum of $40,000 ($10,000 per annum) in educational funding to each child of a fallen Servicemember whose "home of record" at the Department of Defense was Massachusetts. There is no selection process. If an individual is a child of a Servicemember whose service is credited to Massachusetts and whom gave his/her life in Operation Enduring or Iraqi Freedom, that child qualifies for MSLF funds. Local Heroes
LOCAL HEROES, Inc is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization working to support our local servicemen and servicewomen and their families. Unless directed by donor, 100% of all donations received go directly to these local heroes.