Give an Hour has become a recognized expert in developing and implementing community based efforts to address the needs of our service members, veterans, and their families. Give an Hour’s Community Collaborative approach is focused on bringing together individuals, agencies, and organizations committed to providing assistance and opportunities to service members, veterans, and their families at the community level. We invite nonprofits, government agencies, corporations, faith based efforts, and the military and veteran communities — to work together toward the common goal of engaging and supporting those who serve.
D.C. Community Collaborative
The DC Community Collaborative strives to better the lives of service members, veterans, and their families in the District of Columbia through an exchange of ideas and information with a focus on identifying and working to fill gaps in service availability and provision.
- Housing and financial services
- Identifying availability of dental insurance coverage and services
- Raising awareness of mental health (and other available) services to veterans
- Educating health professionals and family caregivers working with this community
Universal public support for veterans, service members, and their families exists. Nonprofit and private resources as well as federal, state, and local government services have increased in communities across the nation over the last decade to meet the needs of those who serve. Supporting and assisting veterans, service members (including active duty, Reservists, and National Guard), and their families is about ensuring that communities are prepared to organize services, resources, and provide assistance. Hopefully, this will provide opportunities to help our service members and veterans lead healthy and successful lives. However, significant gaps in service remain and there is a great deal of untapped potential that could be harnessed. It would provide more effective and sustainable care through focused planning and coordination, capacity-building, identifying gaps, and linking those in need with resources and services available.
In speaking with community leaders, the D.C. Community Collaborative team has already identified key thought leaders and critical stakeholders and is looking to expand and invite additional leaders and community members to join this effort. Give an Hour takes a “big tent” approach that allows all who share this mission to join as we facilitate collaboration and improve services.
Veterans Integrative Arts and Healing Alliance