Vets 4 Vets is a Santa Cruz nonprofit made up of veterans and friends creating community and assisting our veteran brothers and sisters in need. Our objective is to fill in the gap in services where veterans’ needs are not met through traditional veteran resources.
These needs include emergency funds, transportation to medical appointments, free moving assistance, home repair assistance, social connection, and more. We do this by coordinating volunteer efforts and by providing monetary assistance.
Requests for home repairs and building assistance has increased and we are asking your support to stabilize veteran housing in this way. We help with minor repairs, building wheelchair ramps, repairing or replacing old appliances, and restoring deck safety. The costs for materials have risen, thus the request for funding at this time.
Staffed by volunteers, moving assistance is another of our biggest programs. We need to purchase dollies, gas, and paid helpers for some of the heavy lifting.
We operate with one part-time staff person and 70 volunteers. Vets 4 Vets is trusted and effective in its responsiveness to the needs of local veterans and their families.
I am a post 9/11 combat veteran with two deployments. While attending UCSC, I incurred some unexpected expenses which put my enrollment and housing in jeopardy. Vets 4 Vets assisted with these expenses which was essential for my housing and future enrollment. The assistance was beyond what I imagined, and now I volunteer my time with Vets 4 Vets. I am very grateful this organization exists.
Chris W., Santa Cruz, Army Veteran 2003-08