Filing for 509(a)(2) Charitable Organization, Registered in the USA
November 11, 2016. Now that we have officially left “beta” stage, it’s time to form our own 509(a)(2) unincorporated charitable association. Since October 25, 2016, we have organized our intentions, mission, plans, and strategies with the help of our fiscal sponsor, Empowerment Works. Now it’s time to spread our wings and take the baby step of registering as our own unincorporated charitable association. Our Senior Director, Drew Baas, has been working hard to advance part of our R&D incubator venture set to launch in 2019. Watch out for some amazing advances in sustainable energy and military hardware.
New Logo & Website Design!
June 20, 2016. We are pleased to announce the second phase of our new logo and website! It’s taken quite a while, but it’s finally up, leveraging the power of the Divi Theme and hosted by WP Engine. As the webmaster, SEO engineer, copywriter, graphic artist, art director, and executive director, things take a little time. I deal with living in constant pain due to my injury and juggling a master’s degree program at Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering. As well, being a single dad while trying to help my community is quite taxing. This summer is starting off with some pain difficulty, but I will not that get in the way of progress. I am pushing forward. Hope you like the new logo!
JBA Networks Donates MyNewsLetterBuilder Service
December 15, 2015. JBA Networks is one of Asheville’s most prominent national solution providers of social media and direct marketing tools for small-to-medium size businesses, nonprofits, churches, and community organizations. They have graciously donated a direct-marketing eNewsletter account (www.mynewsletterbuilder.com) to Vets2Vets. We sincerely thank them for their generous donation! Please sign up for our newsletter here (link coming soon) and see JBA Networks’ system in action.
Two Vets with a Vision
October 25, 2015. Vets2Vets started with the intention of forming an association of support between two struggling veterans. Because we wanted to ask the community for help, we reached out to Empowerment Works, Inc. to become our fiscal sponsor while we studied the laws and tax codes governing how to develop our vision into a functional charity. We hope that, in the coming months, we can do good for veterans seeking training, employment, housing, and eventually home and farm ownership. Our idea is to help needy veterans regain their military bearing, become self-sufficient, achieve the American Dream, and eventually pay back the favor. It’s time for those veterans who have struggled to be given an opportunity to help themselves and, when able, to give back to the greater American Community as they did when they were in uniform.
— Joseph, Sam, Drew
Developing our Pints for Patriots 2.0 Campaign
October 16, 2016. It’s been almost one year since Wicked Weed invested $500 into Vets2Vets to deliver us our first laptop. Since that time, we have been working to develop a professionalized version of Pints to Patriots (originally started by Veterans Helping Veterans of Western North Carolina with Matthew Sheply and Timothy Sadler). Today we are reaching across the country to veterans from coast to coast. Restaurants, bars, distributors and breweries from sea to shining sea are being asked to do their part. Check out our Pints to Patriot Presentation (this one is for New York State).
Food Program Rolls On
16 March 2016. For the last two years Whole Foods Asheville has donated over-stock foods weekly to a group of volunteer veterans who deliver to some of Asheville’s most needy. These veteran volunteers have included Mathew Sheply, John Weber and civilian Timothy Sadler. Last year over two tons of food have been delivered to AHOPE, ABCCM Downtown, homeless in Prichert Park and the Asheville Housing Authority Towers on South French Broad. This Spring of 2016, Vets2Vets a non-profit project has taken over pick-up, transportation and delivery of the donated foods in a new partnership with ABCCM – by delivering the food directly to the Veteran Restoration Quarters on East Tunnel Road in Asheville, NC. Former United States Marine Jonathan “Mason” Gray is now in charge of this Vets2Vets project and our food program in general. We want to sincerely thank the US Military Veterans who are employees at Whole Foods.
Wicked Weed Brewery Donates Laptop
23 November 2015. Wicked Weed of Asheville, NC donated $500 in November of 2015 allowing us to purchase a laptop for our operations. We also used the money to seed our first bank account at Wells Fargo.The partners at Wicked Weed are helping us ready for our January 1, 2016 formal launch. They are also a candidate for our Pints for Patriots program. Thanks Wicked Weed for your support of veteran entrepreneurs. Please support them by visiting their website, restaurant and brewery. Let ’em know Vets2Vets sent ya!