What can we do to Help Homeless Veterans?
Often times, and especially around the holidays, people seek out ways to help those they are most passionate about. Some people donate back to their alma maters, others donate to local children’s hospitals, and some seek to help veterans as they may or may not be a veteran themselves.
One positive downward trend among veterans is homelessness. Since 2010, the number of homeless veterans has dropped by nearly half. People could argue the driving force behind this downward trend, but the bottom line is the support from others and an influx of donations has made a profound impact. Local grassroots organizations like Veterans Action Network are often key indicators for success.
These types of organizations do not necessarily have to directly interact with those affected by the issues they support, but they provide resources for organizations who do. Veterans Action Network is able to donate to 501(c)3 organizations who directly impact homeless veterans. Charitable organizations are willing and able with resources to do the hard work helping veterans find homes, jobs, medical attention, etc., so support for these types of organizations is beneficial.
Another way to support homeless veterans is through individual efforts such as GoFundMe pages. In 2017, a couple from New Jersey raised over $400,000 through a GoFundMe page to help a homeless good Samaritan who come to find out were scam artists.
A better course of action is to focus on electing the right candidates into office who are driven to make a difference for veterans. If you want to focus on providing direct relief, fund a civic project that combats homelessness in your area. Local news reporters often pickup these types of feel-good stories to help promote for more money and support. These two strategies will ensure that you are creating the biggest impact and you can feel safe knowing your money is going to trustworthy sources.