By: Maxar Better World Foundation
May 19, 2022
Editor’s note: The Maxar Better World Foundation supports organizations that improve the lives of individuals, embrace their diversity, and provide them with the tools and opportunities needed to thrive. It is especially focused on advancing STEM education for underserved and diverse people, helping veterans and active-duty military and their families, and supporting global natural disaster preparedness and relief. Read about the Foundation’s FIRST GRANTS and its GRANT TO THE SISTER CARMEN COMMUNITY CENTER after the Marshall Fire in Boulder, Colorado.
Many in the Maxar community have a connection to the U.S. military, whether they themselves are VETERANS, are family members of a veteran or work with U.S. government customers. For that reason, the Maxar Better World Foundation decided to focus on helping veterans and active-duty military and their families for its second round of grants, and the Foundation asked Maxar team members to nominate organizations for consideration.
“Veterans of the U.S. military make up 10% of Maxar’s workforce, so the Maxar Better World Foundation is proud to support this community and active duty servicemembers during this grant-making round,” said Liz Andora, Foundation Chairman and Maxar’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “We believe the organizations that received grants are providing valuable assistance and we are pleased to support their efforts.”
The Foundation made grants to eight organizations totaling $185,000. Meet the grantees:
CAMP CORRAL transforms the lives of children of wounded, ill and fallen military heroes through camp, advocacy and enrichment programs. With more than 30,000 children served, each program is designed to enhance overall resilience, including building essential peer connections and support systems, enhancing coping skills and confidence, plus providing opportunities to decompress and recharge. They received a $25,000 grant.
FOURBLOCK, headquartered in New York City, equips service members, veterans and military spouses to successfully transition to meaningful civilian careers. Through their flagship Veteran Career Readiness Program, FourBlock serves more than 600 veterans annually. They received a $25,000 grant.
Give an Hour
GIVE AN HOUR, a national nonprofit, offers mental health care to active and veteran military members at no charge. The organization leverages a nationwide network of licensed mental health care providers and thus far has delivered more than 369,000 hours of services. Working to create resilient communities, Give an Hour is committed to providing help and hope to those in need by connecting communities with mental health education and training, and prioritizes the essential need of collaboration with others in order to fill any unmet needs. They received a $25,000 grant.
Hope for the Warriors
HOPE FOR THE WARRIORS, a national organization headquartered in Springfield, Virginia, supports military members and families with transition, health and wellness, and connections to community services. The organization will serve more than 3,000 service members in 2022. They received a $25,000 grant.
PROJECT SANCTUARY, headquartered in Granby, Colorado, offers evidence-based therapeutic retreats and whole-family support programs for active duty and veteran military families. Through retreat workshops focused on communication skills, conflict resolution, financial literacy, and living with post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as comprehensive wrap-around support services, their mission is to restore hope and empower families to recover and thrive. In 2021, Project Sanctuary hosted 213 families through 26 retreats located throughout the country. They received a $25,000 grant.
Semper Fi and America’s Fund
SEMPER FI AND AMERICA’S FUND, operating in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, cares for our nation’s critically wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and military families. Supporting all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, The Fund provides one-on-one case management, connection and lifetime support. Today. Tomorrow. Together. The organization received a $25,000 grant.
TEAM RUBICON, headquartered in Los Angeles and a MAXAR PURPOSE PARTNER, serves communities by mobilizing veterans, first responders and civilians to help people prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters and humanitarian crises. Team Rubicon received a $25,000 grant.
wear blue: run to remember
Founded in Washington state, WEAR BLUE: RUN TO REMEMBER honors the service and sacrifice of the American military through active remembrance. Their six programs ensure that all military families and veterans have the community and resilience to respond to the demands a life of service entails. The organization received a $10,000 grant.