Better For Our Veterans: How your organization can volunteer on this important day
“The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude.”
– Jeff Miller
Veteran’s Day or Armistice Day is an important event in American history. It’s a time when the nation collectively pays homage to the thousands of veterans who put their lives on the line for the nation’s sovereignty and freedom. The 11th of November commemorates these great soldiers, and understanding the significance of this day can help put it into perspective.
It falls on the same day as other commemorative holidays, such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are observed in other countries to remember the 100th anniversary of the conclusion of World War I.
A brief history of Veterans Day:
When the Armistice with Germany entered into force on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the major hostilities of World War I were officially brought to a formal close. In 1954, at the suggestion of key veteran groups in the United States, Armistice Day was dubbed Veterans Day.
Veterans Day is different from Memorial Day, which is a national holiday in May. Veterans Day recognizes all US military veterans, whereas Memorial Day honors those who died while serving in the US military. On Veterans Day, hundreds of volunteers come together to help veterans and their dependents in any way they can.
If you are an organization trying to make a difference on this particular day, here are several options:
How your organization can make a difference this Veterans Day:
If you’re looking to create a safe, easily accessible yet amazing volunteering experience, right from the comfort of your office space or home, we have a few virtual and hybrid options your organization can tap into:
Before we provide a list of opportunities, here are some simple ideas to celebrate Veterans Day at work:
Show appreciation to veterans who work in your office:
You most likely have veterans moving among your ranks – and you may not even be aware of it. Find out who has served in your company and ask them if they would be willing to share a story from their time in the military, provided it is acceptable for your company.
Observe a minute of silence:
Another approach to remember soldiers — whether or not you have any in your office — is to observe a minute of silence together at 11 a.m. on Veterans Day each year.
Support a deployed service person’s family:
While deployed service members are away on duty, your organization can help their families by supporting them financially, or in any other way you see fit. It’s a great gesture that goes a long way in highlighting your company’s values and respect towards the Veterans.
If you’d like your organization to collectively help out, we’ve curated a list of five simple ideas for you to celebrate Veterans Day at work:
5 Virtual Volunteering/Hybrid ideas to participate in this Veterans Day:
Help a veteran re-transition to our world:
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.
Raise awareness digitally:
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.
How to get started?
At Goodera, we’ve partnered with many veteran support groups and nonprofits in the USA who have ready-made activities to assist veterans, right from your home. These virtual volunteering events can be easily facilitated and arranged, so you can get started right away!
To get started, your organization’s social team can get in touch with us at Goodera, and we’ll help you set it up. We’ll also provide a free virtual session to get to grips with the entire process, post which you can initiate your company and team into the virtual volunteering community.
Talk to us – let us help you get started on your favorite mode of volunteering and embark on the journey of goodness.