My name is Mark Baird. I am the founder of HirePatriots.com. I write about everything that helps US veterans, the organizations that support them, and US small businesses.
How We Can All Help US Veterans
Patriotic Hearts, a 501c3 non-profit, was started several years ago. It came into being because of our free program to employ US veterans and their spouses for a day and for a career: www.HirePatriots.com. – Through the myriad of personal contacts my wife and I made, we discovered several other serious needs that our US veterans and their families experience. And so we created a 501c3 non-profit to raise funds in order to meet those needs.
The current programs we provide assist not only US veterans; but, our programs also help Seniors, residents and businesses too. We have even received awards for stimulating the US economy.
If you are able to help us achieve these goals below, even through contacts that you know, your assistance will do a tremendous amount of good.
1) We need a RV wrapped with our patriotic logos, so that my wife and I can tour the US continually and spread our free and unique job board for US veterans across the country. -- We have tried this on a limited basis with great success. Wherever we go, the local media puts us on TV, radio and on the front pages of their newspapers. I estimate that we will need $250,000 to make this a truly effective tour. -- This would be a terrific sponsorship opportunity for corps.
2) We need a home base that can function as a national office and as a retreat for those we assist. In particular, we would hold military marriage retreats, PTSD therapy, and entrepreneurial training and job seekers seminars. -- We live in Big Bear Lake, one of the most beautiful spots in the world. (It puts Lake Como in Switzerland to shame.) For recreation, there is snow 6 months of the year and a pristine lake for swimming, kayaking, fishing and boating the rest of the year. -- And the property prices are very low because there is little work available 8000 feet up. -- For one million dollars, we could establish a tremendous retreat. -- And again, this is a fantastic sponsorship opportunity.
3) We have a team of veterans and supporters who have already created plans for an entirely Green Veterans Village. It will be completely self-sustainable in every way. We will have our own water, energy and food sources. And we will train veterans how to become green energy technicians and organic gardeners. We will also provide additional training for other entrepreneurial and employment opportunities. -- Land is fairly easy for us to get donated in whole or in part. -- We can create this community for 3 million. -- And it would not need additional funding once it is up and running. It will be financially self-sustainable too.
4) We need operating expenses for our websites, insurance, bookkeeping, posters, travel etc. -- And after 8 years, it would be great if vital members of our team could get paid too. We work everyday, tirelessly. – With additional financial support, we will be able to continue with strength and to do many other wonderful things.
Any donation you can provide to help us attain our goals will be greatly appreciated. -- And if all you are able to do is to volunteer time that is always a great help too. --Please start by posting a job for free on www.HirePatriots.com. -- If you are a resident, post a Day job: Hire a local US veteran to help you with any chores around your home and yard. -- And if you are a business, please post your open positions for free too.
And here is something else: You can order coffee from our supporter at www.spiritusafundraising.com. Funds will go to support our vital cause. And if you choose, we can also support your other favorite causes by helping them to hold fundraisers.
Chairman: Patriotic Hearts