Veteran Service Initiative

Welcome to The George Washington University’s Veteran Service Initiative, a place for student service members to connect with service! Whether you are looking for occasional volunteer work, sustained involvement with a community partner, or assistance with starting your own service initiative, we are here to share ideas, resources and provide assistance. We also welcome traditional students who are also looking to engage veterans and military families. Students from all colleges and universities are welcome!

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Service News

Our news digest will keep you up to date on service projects, scholarship opportunities and upcoming events.  If you’d like to contribute an article, or have us advertise one of your service projects, please email gwvsi@gwu.edu for more information.

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VSI Hosts Over 100 Volunteers for Veteran Day of Service 2012

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VSI volunteers and community members of the DCPNI

On Saturday, April 14, 2012 over 100 volunteers from civilian and military affiliates of 10 different colleges and universities, joined members of the Pat Tillman Foundation, Team Rubicon and The Mission Continues for Veteran Day of Service in Washington, D.C.  Beginning on George Washington University’s campus and hosted by GW’s Veteran Service Initiative, the event was kicked off by Sgt. Major Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff before participants departed to four service sites around the city.  Remarks were also made by the Veteran Service Initiative, Team Rubicon, The Mission Continues, Pat Tillman Foundation and HSC Foundation detailing their missions and how students could get involved with their programs.

Spread out over five blocks, volunteers worked side by side with members of the community in Northeast DC’s Kenilworth-Parkside community, in an effort to support the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative.  Activities ranged from cleaning, repairing and repainting a childcare center, cleaning out a creek and replanting flowers throughout the community.  Another bus of volunteers went north to clean up Langdon Park in conjunction with the Department of Parks and Recreation for the location’s summer preparation.  Volunteers were excited to report that they were joined by neighborhood children who had never done community service before, but wanted to help them clean up their community.  Lastly, a dozen participants went to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors‘ headquarters to help them prepare for their upcoming National Gala and National Seminar.

After a long day of service, all volunteers returned to campus for a reception hosted by the HSC Foundation and Northrop Grumman.  Student veterans were able to meet their local peers and new connections were made, which will surely strengthen the Washington DC Metropolitan area veterans’ community.  Participants arrived from American, Georgetown, George Mason, GW, Maryland, Marymount, Loyola, Howard and other local colleges.  Many student veterans left the event with new friends and an excitement about the potential of work local student veterans can accomplish in the DC area.

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Sgt. Major Bryan B. Battaglia and representatives from The Mission Continues, Team Rubicon, Pat Tillman Foundation and HSC Foundation

This event served as the official launch of the Veteran Service Initiative, a new program that connects students of the military community with opportunities to serve in their communities, regardless of their university affiliation.  The VSI provides resources that can connect individuals with the service they want to provide to their community and with organizations that satisfy their personal or professional goals and interests. The program also provides consulting for large scale projects and initiatives for individuals and large veteran groups, as well as promotes social entrepreneurship through service grants that are available for student veterans.  Look back soon for the application!

To learn more about how you or your organization can be involved with the VSI, please contact us at gwvsi@gwu.edu or at 202-994-9913.

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The “I Employ Veterans” Project

I Employ Veterans is a new company working to put veterans back to work. This company, which sells food and clothing, ensures 100% of its profit supports veteran employment within the civilian workforce. Their entry product is bottled water. Read more about their business model here.

I Employ Veterans is currently participating in Wal-Mart’s “Get on the Shelf” contest, which aims to identify a great new product. The contest’s winner lands a spot on Wal-Mart’s shelves nationwide. To vote for I Employ Veterans, click here. To learn more, watch the video below:

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Career Fair and Workshops, March 16

On March 16, 2012, Corporate Gray will host a military friendly job fair at the Waterford Reception room in the Springfield Courtyard by Marriott in Springfield, Virginia. Workshop seminars are scheduled to begin at 8am and 9am. The job fair opens at 10am and closes at 2pm.  The employers scheduled to attend include Target, Verizon Wireless, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Lockheed Martin. The complete list of attendingemployers and registration details can be found here.

Can’t make it? Corporate Gray hosts job fairs regularly.

Corporate Gray is also an excellent resource, providing tips and a job search database, for your online job search.

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March 1: Deadline for The Mission Continues Fellowship Applicants

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The deadline for The Mission Continues Fellowship Program is fast approaching. The 2012 Bravo Class applications are due March 1st and the program is scheduled to begin April 23rd.

The Mission Continues is a non-profit organization, awarding community service fellowships to veterans who want to continue their service at home. 

To date, [The Mission Continues has] engaged nearly 200 post-9/11 veterans in six month fellowships in local nonprofit organizations, mentoring at-risk youth, training guide dogs for disabled Americans, coordinating housing builds or doing disaster preparedness work. We have seen these communities improve as a result of their efforts and seen those veterans grow and successfully transition to meaningful careers, further education or an ongoing role of service.

To learn more about the program and past fellows, click here.

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Team Rubicon Provides Relief in Alabama

 

Once again, natural disaster has struck and Team Rubicon (TR) has stepped up to the plate, deploying a team of volunteers to aid in relief efforts. TR first visited Alabama to provide tornado relief in April 2011, but last week, volunteers returned to the state to bring relief to families affected by the most recent storm.  Working with a partner organization, Disaster Relief, veterans repaired destroyed homes and cleared debris left in the tornados’ wake.

TR was founded two years ago when a group of veterans travelled to Haiti to help the country following their most recent devastating earthquake. Since then, TR has aided thousands of people, both at home and abroad. Their important work has helped those in Chile, Burma, and Sudan, Vermont and Maryland, to name a few.

Here is a recent news story on the organization.  They are currently seeking more volunteers.

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Pat Tillman Foundation Scholarships

From February 13, 2012 – March 16, 2012 the Pat Tillman Foundation will be accepting applications for the 2012 class of Tillman Military Scholars.

Founded in memory of Pat Tillman, Army Ranger and NFL player killed in Afghanistan, the organization aims to build “a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.” The Pat Tillman Foundation provides educational funding to veterans and their dependents.

Since the organization’s inception, they have provided over $2.2 million in educational aid.

To learn more and meet current and alumni scholars, click here.

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PSGC Announcement

GW Offers $30,000 in Financial Support for Innovative Student-Led Service Initiatives  (deadlines are 2/14 & 3/26)

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The Public Service Grant Commission encourages innovative, student-led service opportunities by providing the financial means and institutional support to individuals and organizations in GW’s spirit of service.

Thanks to the continued financial support from Student and Academic Support Services and a generous gift by a donor, the Commission is proud to announce $30,000 is available in funds  for 2011-2012.

We encourage students to engage in social entrepreneurship in the greater DC community. We are looking for talented, civic minded students who wish to serve the DC area with original innovative ideas and projects. If you are interested in receiving a grant to express your desire and initiative to help the district, Apply Now!

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