CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - "We are one small office in Connecticut. We have 2 full-time employees and 1 part-time employee. We provide assistance to veterans and their families throughout the United States.
We outsource our fundraising in order to maintain the focus of the office on providing the various services for the veterans and families who come to us. The funds raised by our professional, outsourced fundraisers provide us the means to accomplish our mission. A small percentage of something is better than 100% of nothing. We do not have the resources, staff or expertise to conduct fundraising on our own. We rely upon professionals who hold us free from risk of loss and have a proven record. Donations received online or sent to us directly are put to immediate use in pursuit of our mission…helping veterans in need.
We spend every day providing different types of assistance for veterans and their families on a case-by-case basis. For example, we have purchased wheelchairs, scooters, ramps and other assistive technology; we have paid utility bills and deposits for veterans and their families in danger of homelessness; we have provided gift cards for family support; we've bought snow tires, dentures, and provided temporary housing for veterans in dire straits; we've directed veterans to service officers to help them navigate the VA system and obtain the benefits to which they are entitled. As I said, this is a sample of what we have done, and continue to do on a case-by-case basis for veterans and their families. You may find more examples and testimonials on our website, www.nvsf.org
To blame a charity for the price charged by our fundraisers is like blaming a driver for the price of gas. I suppose that a driver could make his own gas from donated crude oil, and have a staff of volunteers to help refine it, and more volunteers to transport it to volunteer-run gas stations, but it probably wouldn't work. The fundraisers have the means to reach out to many people, asking them for very small donations. Yes, it is not a perfect system for us, but we are trying to improve."
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