Community Heroes Project

Military families receive FREE training to become volunteer leaders,  addressing key issues in their community. Through United Way’s MISSION UNITED™ we fight for those who fought for us. 
 
FREE TRAINING
 
Date: August 4th
Time: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Location: Beacon Housing Authority
 
COMPLETED!
Second Free Training Session
Dates: June 2, 9, 16
Time: 9:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Mount Saint Mary College
 
COMPLETED
First Free Training Session
Dates: March 17, 24, 31
Time: 9:00am to 12:30pm
Location: Dutchess Community College
 
  • Share your training and knowledge. 
  • Be recognized as a community hero, today and everyday.
  • Address some of the most pressing issues in our community through volunteer projects. Free training offered for veterans and veteran family members.
For more information, contact Community Heroes Project AmeriCorps Members, Emily Sassano & Brian O’Keefe at 845-471-1900 ext 3104 or ext 3129 or esassano@uwdor.org or bokeefe@uwdor.org

Community Heroes Project

 
 
 
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The program will engage and train veterans and military families as volunteer leaders. Trainers will guide veterans and family members in using the leadership skills they already have to address key community issues. The Community Heroes Project will use civic engagement to help veterans and their families reintigrate into their communities. The goal is to build a pipeline of diverse, talented and skilled individuals who have a committment to serve.  
 
Using the train-the-trainer model, the Community Heroes Project will guide veterans and family members to address their communities most pressing issues through developing a local project to strengthen the community.
 
WHO IS THE TRAINING FOR?
  • Veterans*
  • Service Members
  • Military Families
(from any branch of the military)
*Veterans – “A person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released there from under conditions other than dishonorable.”
*Veteran Family Members – “Immediate family members related by blood, marriage, or adoption to a veteran of the U.S. armed forces, including one who is deceased.”
 
REQUIREMENTS
  • Participation in Training Session 
  • Participation in the service project chosen by the team 

MAKE A DIFFERENCE THROUGH 7 KEY PRINCIPALS

  1. Assess the needs of the community.
  2. Explore the different components of a project.
  3. Discuss fundraising, budgeting & evaluating. 
  4. Examine best practices for recruiting volunteers.
  5. Understand the importance of service learning & team building.
  6. Learn how to retain & recognize volunteers.
  7. Walk through all steps of project development.

ENHANCE YOUR SKILL SET

Through the training you will
  • Utilize natural leadership skills to support a good cause
  • Understand the components of organizing and managing a service project 
  • Develop a social and support network in the community
  • Earn Volunteer Leader Certification 
  • Make a difference in the local community!
Your community will benefit from
  • Development of a local project that will help strengthen the community 
  • A volunteer pipeline of diverse, talented and skilled individuals who have a commitment to service
  • Support provided to local organizations
  • An increased awareness of community needs

BECOME A SPONSOR

  1. Boost your organization’s visibility and strengthen external relations with local organizations.
  2. Positively impact the community where your organization conducts business.
  3. Help thank members of the military and their families for their continued service.
  4. Assist veterans and their families in 
  5. continuing to utilize their leadership skills in the community as volunteer leaders.
Call Emily & Brian for more information about sponsorship opportunities: 845-471-1900 ext 3104 or 3129.
 
COMMUNITY HEROES PROJECT IS PART OF MISSION UNITED
Instead of duplicating services from government and veterans groups, United Way’s MISSION UNITED™ coordinates services and provides additional resources to bridge the gap. All it takes is one phone call to United Way’s 2-1-1 for the Hudson Valley  Region for veterans to connect to a case coordinator who guides them through the process — from beginning to end.
 
COMMUNITY HEROES PROJECT IS PART OF FRONTLINE FAMILIES & AMERICORPS
Frontline Families, a national service program run by Points of Light, inspires service members and their families to serve their communities as part of the reintegration process. The program trains military families as volunteer leaders to help address the most pressing challenges in their communities, such as homelessness  and education.
 

 

 

 

 

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