Looking for ways to support the military community on #GivingTuesday? On December 1, 2020, many people will pledge millions of dollars. Here is a list of some military and veteran organizations to consider on Giving Tuesday.
American Legion – Funds raised by the American Legion go to scholarships, veteran assistance, veteran homelessness, youth sports, and more. Donate online to help service veterans, service members, and the military community.
Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) – ASYMCA fills high priority gaps with low-cost and free programs and services to assist military families. Childcare, counseling, health care, emergency food and clothing, education, and programs for kids and teens are just a few ways the ASYMCA can help. Make a gift here.
Cars for Veterans – Proceeds from donated cars are used to provide emergency financial assistance with rent, emergency housing and/or repairs, utilities, and food and gas to veterans and active military personnel transitioning to civilian life. All donations are tax-deductible. Cars for Veterans picks up and tows running and non-running vehicles. Donate a car.
Disabled American Veterans – Provides transportation assistance to medical appointments and aid to medical claims for disabled veterans, veterans, their families, and widowed spouses. Give a gift today.
Fisher House Foundation – Offers free or low-cost lodging and transportation to veterans and military families receiving treatment at military medical centers. Ways to give.
Full Circle Home – A non-profit organization connects deployed service members with their loved ones at home via gifts and notes. Donate to support Heroes at Home.
Home For Our Troops – Builds specially adapted, mortgage-free homes for the severely injured post-9/11 Veterans. Find ways to donate or get involved.
Honor Flight Network – Provides free transportation for veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C. Support veterans with these trips.
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund – Builds critically-needed centers to treat military personnel suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress. 100% of donations go directly to the fund’s programs. Donate today.
Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America – Provides support to new veterans and their families supporting campaigns such as preventing suicide, putting an end to the VA backlog, offering support to female veterans, reducing unemployment, defending the GI Bill® and improved health. Donate today.
National Military Family Association – A non-profit dedicated to advocate and provide programs and benefits to protect uniformed services families. Get involved.
Operation Help a Hero – A non-profit charity that offers support projects for military units and families as they prepare for separation, endure deployment challenges, and during the transition back to the U.S. Donate or Volunteer.
Operation Homefront – Provide critical and short and long-term aid and other financial assistance to families of wounded warriors and service members. Ways to give.
Semper Fi Fund – Funds from this charity go towards urgently needed financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Donate today and your donation may be matched.
Toys for Tots – Toys for Tots collects new and unwrapped toys from October through December and distributes those toys as presents to children in need during Christmas. Ways to donate.
USO – The USO is a non-profit that offers a variety of programs and services designed to encourage morale and strengthen resiliency for transitioning and deployed service members, military families, wounded warriors, and families of fallen soldiers. Support the USO.
Wounded Warrior Project – Wounded Warrior offers help to injured warriors returning home from current conflicts, and helps post-9/11 veterans re-connect with the community by offering various physical, emotional, and social programs. Help a Wounded Warrior.
More About #GivingTuesday
Originating from a social media activism, #GivingTuesday takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the U.S. The movement is designed to celebrate and encourage generosity, and to inspire families, businesses and the community to give back.
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Cristina Van Orden is a literary writer and active military spouse. She holds an MFA from Antioch University and taught K-12 English before working in editorial. Cristina currently resides on base with her husband and children.