I love the mission of the foundation, and I will always continue to spread the "If Not Me, Then Who..." movement!
TMF far exceeded my expectations as a civilian. The work they do to help build communities and connect with youth is essential in the world today!
I have had the privilege to witness firsthand the positive impact this incredible organization is making in our communities through the Character Does Matter Program, youth leadership/mentorship programs, and Veterans' Transition Programs. I could not be more impressed with the level of dedication and professionalism shown by everyone, staff and volunteers alike, who strive to assist veterans with their post-military lives, as well as helping the families of our fallen service members. I especially love the foundation's simple and effective message of "If Not Me, Then Who...," and the proactive nature of continuing to instill the vital lessons of character and leadership in young people. As a veteran myself, I find this foundation to be the perfect fit for me to continue my service out of uniform. (Dan M.)
In my four years being associated with TMC both as a volunteer and community partner, I have been fortunate enough to get to know a lot of the staff personally, and have witnessed their impact first-hand. Their Veteran's Transition Workshop is the most genuine and real transition workshop I have ever been a part of, seeking to use a combination of theory and real world perspectives from the community to give the veterans a realistic view point of what it means to be empowered. The Character Does Matter Program is a veteran's program unique unto itself, challenge the veteran to live up to the values and ethos, but empowering the veterans to become teachers to youth to carry the mantle of community services and positive leadership skills.
Last, every single employee of TMF is passionate, the not only believe in the organization, they are committed to their work, and are passionate to make a positive change. When you attend a TMF event or visit their office, you are met with a wave of positivity that leaves you motivated to go out and make you're own impact.
I consider myself fortunate to be considered a community partner of TMF, as they are a top notch organization that I am proud to be apart of.
I'm a new volunteer with TMF and it all started when I attended a veteran transition workshop. Right away I was moved to a new level of hope when I heard more about Travis Manion, his family and the foundation. I learned TMF is not just for veterans but is more about remembering the legacy of a man like Travis who sacrificed not just in the military but left an impression with classmates , friends, family and his community. He left a strong legacy, summarized in a powerful statement to his brother in law "if not me, than who" when it was his time to deploy again. I think of his story and instead of focusing on all that I don't have in life I wonder if I'm truly living to my full potential and giving back, as much as Travis and others like him. It is because of that I decided to volunteer with TMF and am blessed to have the opportunity to share why character does matter to teens, andto be part of something much bigger than myself. One person can make a difference and the Travis Manion Foundation is proof of that.
I had the privilege of being the race director for Lehigh Valley, PA where we'd raised over $8K in our first year race. We had over 450 people participating and it was amazing and resulted in overwhelming success. My son has a rich history with connections with not only the foundation but those that lead this amazing group. And my daughter was able to convince her school that Travis Manion was not only a hero but his foundation continues to support thousands of families annually - and she designed her National History Day project around the foundation. So our family has been involved in many ways with this organization for many years now. The people are amazing and the mission truly is to honor those who serve. They are amazing and my family and I are looking forward to supporting the Travis Manion Foundation for years to come. Our 9/11 Heroes Race was one of the most moving and rewarding experiences I've been involved in. So, if you're in the Lehigh Valley next September, look us up on facebook and come join the cause to honor our heroes!
I have had the pleasure of being involved with the Travis Manion Foundation for several years and continue to be impressed by the impact that the TMF has in communities across the country. The idea of If not me, then who resonates at the most basic level and has become an inspiration not just for me personally, but for many in our community.
The most rewarding and definitely most memorable organization I have ever volunteered for. If you are questioning whether or not you should volunteer here, don't question it any further. Travis Manion is the greatest organization helping the greatest of people.