Homeless veterans never asked to be homeless. They fought a war, they gave themselves to the country, and now they find themselves on the street. At least this holiday season, it looks as though the community is in a giving mood.
The Home for the Holidays phone bank from WCCO-TV in Minneapolis has been busy. From Wednesday’s phone bank alone, donations added up to $240,000, which included an anonymous check for $100,000. That’s a lot of money that can do a lot of good for the veterans of Minnesota.
The total for all that was raised earlier in the month adds up to $375,000. From what it sounds like, this is one of their most generous years of giving since founding the 501c3 over 25 years ago. This demonstrates that there are so many people out there willing to help those who are less fortunate. At this time of year, it should be about giving – and the people of Minnesota have helped to demonstrate that by their willingness to donate to a charity with a worthy cause and an important message.
The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) will be putting 100% of the donations toward veterans. Their mission is to end veteran homelessness throughout Minnesota. They offer a wide array of services and support systems to help veterans to avoid homelessness as well as to achieve sustainable housing. The organization identifies that their purpose exists to “directly help veterans and their families.” They also focus on carrying a message of hope by serving, informing, educating, and training those within the community.
Veterans throughout the state depend on the organization to help them with the various things that they require. The nonprofit organization has been helping veterans throughout the state since 1990.
The programs serve not only veterans but also their families. This includes housing, employment, and a variety of legal services. The organization partners with those in the community to make the money go as far as possible.
In 2018 alone, the MACV was able to provide veterans with over 5500 services.
Particularly in the month of December, there are events that are designed to help MACV get the funding that they need. With a foundation donating $100,000 anonymously and receiving a grand total of $375,000 through the phone bank, it’s going to make it easier for the organization to hold even more events. They already have several legal clinics scheduled to help veterans, taking place in Duluth, Minneapolis, and St. Cloud.
There are also several community awareness events hosted by the MACV every year. This includes a military community event as well as their annual Jingle Bell Ball Fundraiser, which is specifically designed to help the veterans who are homeless as well as some of the homeless girls of Kenya, another nonprofit known as Light of Hope.
The MACV has locations throughout Minnesota, spread into three regions: Northern, Southern, and Metro. The nonprofit maintains a number of resources to help veterans regardless of whether they are disabled, homeless, jobless, or experiencing any other issues. There is also a crisis connection where they can access counselors 24/7 for psychological counseling as well as crisis intervention.
Thanks to their more-than-generous donations throughout the month, they’ll be able to make sure that veterans throughout the state get the merry Christmas that they deserve. Many veterans, after helping their countries, come back without the resources that they need. They don’t know how to build a resume using their skills from the military. They don’t have the housing that they need. They don’t know how to apply for help from the VA. This is where the MACV steps in to provide assistance when and where it is needed the most.
Although many military members are shy about asking for help, there are enough community outreach programs to show that they have the assistance if they ask. Plus, with the new donations pouring in, it can show them that the community is more than willing to help veterans. The communities of Minnesota understand that veterans have sacrificed so much for the country – and a total of $375,000 in donations proves that better than so many other things can.
No one should have to struggle throughout the year, particularly around Christmas time. Veterans have already given the country so much, so it’s nice to see that Minnesota is ready to give back to them.