When a Veteran leaves a shelter or transitional housing and moves to a permanent residence they don't have the basic household items needed to set up their new home.
Items we take for granted such as toilet paper, cleaning supplies, basic hygiene products and more are needed.
By conducting a Move-in-Essential collection drive at your house of worship, school, business or civic organization you'll help make the Veteran's new residence a "home".
Reach out to your VA facility contact person about ways you can help support Veterans in your community.
Military Outreach USA has worked with VA facilities to develop this suggested list of items.
Simple Steps to Planning a Collection Drive:
To learn more about how to conduct a collection drive download this planning guide.
Military Outreach USA has a number of "themed" events over the course of the year. As with any event make sure to coordinate with your local VA facility to advise them that you are conducting a collection event.
Help Our Heroes
This event can be community wide for a month or only for a day or two. The time-frame to collect Move-in-essential items can take place between Memorial Day and the 4th of July.
Make a Difference
This event is ideal for schools as it coincides with Make A Difference Day. Typically Move-in-Essentials are collected. October 28th.
Honor Our Veterans (11-11-11 Project)
Taking place during the month of November leading up to Veterans Day this event is ideal for schools and organizations looking for ways to support Veterans who need help. Typically Move-in-Essentials are collected.
Communities Serving Our Nation's Veterans
What if just once a year an organization in your community did a collection drive of Move in Essentials?
Are there 12 organizations in your community that could participate in a donation drive to help our Veterans exiting homelessness?
All it takes is for a few local leaders to reach out into their community and launch the initiative.
Just one month a year is all that is asked. Just once a year when the people in an organization bring in donations for Veterans in need.
And what is the potential?
If 12 participated and each collected just 2,000 items that would be more than 24,000 items donated per year.
Now imagine if it were two a month!
Add to the above schools, civic groups, Veteran service organizations and houses of worship and no Veteran exiting homelessness would ever go without cleaning supplies, towels, hygiene or person care items.
If you have an upcoming event that you would like added to our calendar just send us the information concerning your event. Please make sure you include name of event, date and hours.