Volunteers needed to help Bay Area homeless veterans Around Town, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Aug 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm
Caring citizens are invited to join in giving a "hand up" to our less fortunate men and women who have served honorably in military service. More than 1,000 volunteers with various sills and abilities are needed to support the operation of a "tent city" at the Alameda County Fairgrounds from Thursday, Sept. 13 through noon, Sunday, Sept. 16. All volunteers must register by Aug, 31 at www.eastbaystanddown.org/volreg/volunteer.php. Financial assistance is also greatly needed to support this huge endeavor and make a difference in the lives of so many Veterans who gave so much for themselves and for our Country. Checks may be sent to Diablo Valley Veterans Foundation EBSD, P.O. Box 2133, Danville, CA 94526.
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Posted by Mike, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Aug 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm
Recent revelations about unethical and illegal behavior at charitable organizations have made it harder to trust these calls for help.
Will this turn out to be another organization with 3 "full-time volunteers" and 5 paid directors, each putting in 2 hours per month and pulling in six-figure salaries, that spends 98% of the donations it collects on "expenses related to personnel" and 2% on the service it claims to provide?
Maybe these solicitations should include attachments with auditor-certified financial reports filed by the organization since foundation.
Posted by Ken Mano, a resident of the Willow West neighborhood, on Aug 13, 2012 at 10:26 am
We sent signup sheets around in our classes at 5 different congregations for our church in Pleasanton / Dublin Sunday. We were needing about 40 volunteers to prepare and serve a meal on one of the days. We ended up with about 90, so support for the military seems to be alive and well. Now we need to find other things to do for half of our volunteers.
Posted by Dave Ham, a resident of Livermore, on Aug 14, 2012 at 9:02 am
Like most events coordinated by veteran organizations, there are no paid staff members, all are volunteers. Veterans feel that it is their duty to give back to those less fortunate, especially other veterans. All monies collected go directly to support helping our homeless veterans. Meals, medical, legal help and many other services are provided by volunteers that take no pay and are just thankful that they are in a position to help.
I have participated in several Stand Downs over the past several years and find that they are the most depressing but uplifting events that you can be a part of.