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December 8, 2021 Giving Guide 2021

Veterans Inc.

Future Goals

1.  To continue to expand awareness and appreciation of the sacrifice and dedication that veterans and their families have made for all of us.

2.  To continue to expand the scope and quality of services provided.

3. To reduce homelessness among veterans and their families.

4. To continue to deliver Best Practice services that address the substance addiction and mental health needs of our veterans, their families, and members of the community.

5. To continue and implement new programs and services for female veterans, aging veterans, veterans with families, and returning military service members suffering from issues related to pre/post-deployment, readjustment, reintegration, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress – as well as their family members during and post-deployment.

6. To expand programs, such as our nationally recognized Employment & Training Program assisting veterans and service members to utilize education benefits, enroll in an institution of higher education, and/or obtain meaningful employment; and our Housing Rehabilitation Program providing financial resources to improve accessibility and energy efficiency of the homes of low income or disabled veterans.

Giving Opportunities

Monetary donations gratefully accepted year-round to include donations in honor or in memory of a loved one. We heavily rely on an Annual Appeal sent out in November. With a donation of at least $100, donors will receive a beautiful official White House Christmas Ornament. Our goal is to raise $200,000 to support programs throughout the year. Consider organizing a donation drive, making a pledge or legacy gift. Supporters may choose to provide items from our Wish List for clients. We accept toiletries, gift cards, food, clothing, vehicles and other in-kind donations. In order to continue to serve over 6,000 individuals each year in our Food Pantry, we need to keep our food stocked; we accept non-perishable food items all year long.  We will be seeking Thanksgiving food items for our Holiday Harvest and sponsors for our Giving Tree to help provide presents for over 400 needy children during the holiday season. Email, or visit our website and click on “Donate Now.”

Volunteer Opportunities

At Veterans Inc. we have many volunteer opportunities starting up again for 2021: helping with the food pantry or daily hot meals program, assisting with fundraising events, running a donation drive, teaching a class or offering administrative support. If interested in volunteering, please email

Fundraising Events

Traditionally we hold a biennial Gala Military Ball, our largest fundraiser, last held in the fall of 2020. We look forward to the next Gala in the fall of 2022. We hold an Annual Best Ball Charity Golf Classic at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in May. Stand Down -a resource fair for veterans and their families, typically held in June. November is typically a very busy time starting with our annual RUN4Veterans 5K run/walk scheduled for November 7th, 2021 at the Worcester Beer Garden. We host an Annual Veterans Day Pancake breakfast on November 11th, free to all in our community! On November 23rd we will host our annual Holiday Harvest food distribution event where we bring joy to veteran families in need by providing all the fixings for a Thanksgiving Dinner as well as new winter items.
Questions about these fundraising events should be directed to


Veterans Inc. quickly adapted and implemented protocols to ensure the health and safety of staff and clients being served. We hired nursing and clinical staff to provide needed support. We adopted a pre-registration for client service events. All participants and staff of residential and inpatient programs continue to wear masks and social distance. 

The effects of the pandemic continue to be a challenge in the lives of those we serve. We have seen an increase and predict a further surge of persons seeking emergency housing, rental assistance, support for substance use and mental health issues, and employment and training services.