Warrior Gateway Helps Connect Military and Civilian Communities During Veterans Day Events

Warrior Gateway partnered with ServiceNation and local organizations to host three of the eleven 11/11/11 Mission Serve projects nationwide.  The projects brought together the civilian and military communities through volunteerism and service.  Celebrities, professional sports teams, and others helped make these 11 nationwide projects memorable.  Members of the Warrior Gateway team helped coordinate and host projects in Seattle, Tucson, and Denver.  All three events were a great success; with volunteers of all ages and background joining together for a day of service.  The purpose of these events coincide directly with the mission at Warrior Gateway: connecting the military community and their families to meaningful resources in their local communities.  Helping the military community connect with their local community is essential for a successful transition.  The Warrior Gateway team was honored to partner with ServiceNation and others for these signature events.

Tucson, Arizona

The Tucson project brought together the civilian community, military and vetereans alike.  Volunteers gathered at Tucson Mountain Park to perform various community services including buffel grass removal, trail work, litter clean-up and mural painting.  ”I couldn’t imagine a better turnout for Tucson,” said Tabitha Cooper, Community Partnership Manager at Warrior Gateway, and coordinator of the event. “I saw veterans, active duty service members and civilians working together as a whole; serving alongside one another to better our community.  It was truly a beautiful event and I cherish days like this.”  Tabitha’s husband currently serves in Afghanistan, which makes events such as this close to her heart.  Photos from the event.

Seattle, Washington

In Seattle, Warrior Gateway joined Veterans Conservation Corps, and the Sierra Club for the second annual Veterans Day at Hamm Creek Estuary event.  For the past two decades Hamm Creek has been transformed into a more natural setting, in addition it has been a focal point in veteran healing and transition.  Volunteers showed up in great numbers, despite a steady rainfall in Seattle.  A little damp weather did not deter members of the military community, veterans, and civilians to join together for a morning of beautifying the already stunning Hamm Creek Estuary.  ”It was an honor to be involved with a project such as this on Veterans Day,” said Mike Broom, Marketing Manager at Warrior Gateway.  ”Seeing the multitude of volunteers come together, both military and civilian, and work side by side despite rainy weather was an amazing experience.  Weather could not put a damper on the dedication and strength of those in attendance.”  Photos from the event.

Denver, Colorado

The third event featured volunteers from all backgrounds (active duty, veterans, military families, civilians) come together to clean up the Cherry Creek Trail in Denver.  Volunteers helped Denver Parks by collecting over 20 bags of debris along the trail, replacing wire around trees, and painting a bridge.  ”As coordinator for the event, it was wonderful to see relationships being built during the three-hour service project at Cherry Creek,” said Nathalia Magri, Community Partnership Manager at Warrior Gateway.  ”By the end of the day everyone was exchanging contact information, and the non-profits involved had a chance to inform those in attendance of their services offered.”  Photos from the event.

Please check out all of the photos from the event on our Facebook page.  Share with others, and share with us what you think!

Upcoming event: Military Spouse Career Expo at Ft. Meade

This Saturday May 8, from 9:00a-3:34p the USO of Metropolitan Washington and Joint Employment Transition Services (JETS) will be hosting the 5th Military Spouse Career Expo at Fort Meade.

Here are the details from the organizers:

  • Saturday May 8, 2010
  • 9:00 am – 3:45 pm
  • Military ID required

Attendees receive:

  • Access to Employers, Home-based Business opportunities and Military Service Organizations.
  • One-on-One Job Search or Resume Review Consultations.
  • Give-Away Bags to first 100 Attendees.

Topics  include:

  • Spouse Education (MyCAA &  9/11 GI Bill)
  • Resume Writing Skills
  • Spouse Hiring Initiatives (Fed. Executive Order, Spouse Preference, Army Spouse Employment Partnership)
  • Exploring Entrepreneurship
  • Interviewing to Win
  • Federal Employment Applications
  • Stress Management and more ….

For more details, contact:


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Sending Christmas care packages

Fellow blogger from the military community Armywives 101 has a good post on sending care packages to active duty service members.

As the author notes, the last day to get in care packages in time for Christmas is tomorrow, Dec. 8. Be sure to check out the post – it includes some lovely photos of care packages with some inspired decoration schemes. She also provides some information on the logistics of sending a care package overseas in her Thanksgiving care package post:

Military Care Package Mailing Kit
Since Priority Mail service supplies are the packaging of choice for families preparing care packages for service members overseas, the USPS has created a “Mili-kit” based on the items most frequently requested by the military.
The kit contains:

* Three (3) each of flat rate boxes O-FRB1 and O-FRB2
* Two (2) each of Cube boxes OBOX7
* Address labels – Label # 228: 8 each
* Address labels – Label # 106-A: 1 each
* Customs FORM 2976-A: 8 EA.
* Customs FORM Envelope 2976-E: 8 EA.
To order your kit and have it delivered straight to your door call 1-800-610-8734 (Packing Supply)

* Choose your language (“1” is English, “2” is Spanish).
* Choose option 1 (it states it is for Express Mail service, Priority Mail or Global Express Guaranteed).
* When you reach a live agent, request “CAREKIT04.”
* Please allow 7-10 days for delivery.

Note: These are free supplies, postage must be affixed.
Also keep in mind FREE APO and FPO boxes can always be ordered by visiting the USPS site. The boxes will be delivered straight to your door.

Bringing Santa to military children

A new program of Operation Homefront called the Toy Shop is offering free toys to children of active service members. Part of Operation Homefront’s mission to support troops by supporting their families at home, the program is partnering with a major national retail chain and will allow spouses of deployed soldiers to come and select free toys for their children.

“They are under a lot of economic hardships,” said CEO Jim Knotts. “We are able to help ensure they have a good holiday and use some of their scarce resources on more basic family needs.”

“The price of peace is paid by the entire military family,” Knotts said. “The ones who often have the hardest time understanding why mom or dad is not there is the kids.”

To register to receive toys for your children, click here. To read more about the program, click here.