There are two programs serving the military in Colorado/Wyoming looking for volunteers and/or donations. You can help without a long term commitment.
“No Veteran Dies Alone” is in Cheyenne, WY at the Veterans Administration Hospital. The program utilizes volunteers to honor veterans and meet the emotional needs of those who would be alone at the end of their life. The VA hospital has many needs.
- Volunteer on your own schedule to help bring services to veterans. Any time is welcome, from once a year to once a day. Reading, gardening, delivering books, etc. Bring your special skill and help out those who served our country at the VA in Cheyenne.
- If you have more time on your hands and want to make a big difference, volunteer with the “No Veteran Dies Alone” program. Volunteers must complete 20 hours of specialized training. Training runs from August 7 – September 18, Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Training is held in the Cheyenne VA Auditorium. For information, contact Voluntary Services: 307-778-7550 ext. 7317. You can also learn more from Chaplain Carol Carr at 307-778-7377. (Last day to register is August 1).
Denver Blue Star Moms is a program for the families of military service members honorably serving. A “blue star” family has an actively serving child in the military, while a “gold star” family has a child who has sacrificed their life while actively serving. The nonprofit (501 c 3) provides support for each other and their children while promoting patriotism. Ways you can help with this group:
- Colorado Gold Star Memorial Poker Run, July 26, 2014. This fundraiser is to honor the fallen Colorado Military. The “run” starts at 10:00 a.m. $20 minimum per bike or car and $5 per passenger. 100% of the proceeds go to the Gold Star Parents Weekend. (This event is sponsored by Blue Star Mothers Denver Chapter 3).
- Gold Star Parents Weekend. In 2004, the Colorado Blue Star Mothers hosted the first weekend to support Gold Star parents and fallen heroes from Colorado. The first event took place in Estes Park, CO with 30 families honoring and remembering their loved one. The weekend continues in Steamboat Springs for 2014, a safe haven for families to come together with other families who have lost their children who served in the military. For ways to help, contact April Treloar, 970-213-1122 or firstname.lastname@example.org