VETERAN ADVOCATES OF ORE - IDA

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Veterans

Location: PO Box 933 % Ronald Verini Ontario OR 97914 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

VAOI is the best veteran support organization I have ever donated to. I am able to see what they have done in the community and have heard very good reviews from veterans and the families they have helped....

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida is the only Veteran Support organization that welcomes all that walk through their door with a smile. They greeted me with open arms and made me feel that the service to my country was important. They participate in many community projects, such as, some in the organization act as mentors to those going through the Veterans Court process. They have also set up in their office a tele-counciling with the Boise VA. This allows a veteran to get mental health help without having to travel a.ll the way to Boise, Idaho. They charge nothing for their help and have no dues, free coffee and when I was in there they had some snacks... Real good people that just want to help with no strings attached.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Duplicate them in every city in America.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida have helped many Veterans and their families that I know in the Ontario, Or. area who are without jobs and need a helping hand. They have also helped many vets in this greater western treasure valley area with access to counciling and mental health matters. The work they are doing to also establish a veterans court here is admirable and I wish them well. I am always warmly welcomed when I go to their office to talk about the problems our servicemen and women are facing. The people at the VAOI are making a difference and continue to do something meaningful in our community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hopefully see that they had more resources to continue their mission.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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5 people found this review helpful

While here VAOI I discovered a whole new arena of giving than I have known. Not only the vets who are over seas but also with dignity and respect to homeland vets and families experience a warm environment and caring souls who are willing to do their best in helping either by what they can personally do inside the agency or outside in the community. It is a pleasure to see the hand of sincere help assist persons they see and those that are invisible to the eye but close to our heart. I am a Viet Nam Veteran and am awed at the outpouring of giving I am experienced while working here. VAOI has assist myself in need with transportation cost so I could continue to work and not miss because of no gas for my vehicle.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

These folks really do care and are earnestly serving people and it is not all about them. They great all persons who walk in the door the same and no expectations are expressed. Wow it is really nice to see humility at work

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I have been in the Vets Advocates office several times. Anyone who walks through their door, is made to feel very welcome and at home. Whether they came in for help, or just to look around..they are greeted with friendly smiles and a warm welcome. They care. I have volunteered there, bought flags there, donated, and just popped in to say hi. I have seen them helping veterans. They are very knowledgeable and helpful, in what they do. Our veterans need their services. They deserve it. They have earned it. I am not a veteran, but I am glad to be a very small part of this organization.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

are wonderful caring people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Support our troops and their familes, meet all their needs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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6 people found this review helpful

It has been my pleasure to be a volunteer at Veterans Advocates of Ore-Ida for some time now. I pack care packages! You know, that little box of home comfort from the USA that our military people get a boost from after a long hard days work. I can't tell you the number of times that I have received thank yous from soldiers who came in and found that box waiting on their bed and I quote,"just when I needed it the most". It's not just the contents, it's receiving the gift of "yes, we remember you and we care." Many times they have no faces to go with our signed notes that are enclosed until they are finally able to return home. Whether it's packing a box or sharing a cup of coffee with a WWII Vet, I feel privileged to be connected to all the caring people who make this work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Reading the thanks you's from those who have received boxes. I have also made a new friend, a Sailor who never received mail or care packages. She corresponds regularly and no longer is one of the forgotten.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ways to make it better...

There's always room for improvement in everything. As we go along we'll refine what we do and do it better. As more people in the community hear about us, their support of care package items and financial aid will make it easier to get the boxes shipped

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I received letters of support from this group and from the school kids and pre-school kids that this organization put together for me and the men in my outfit. When I came back they supported me with a nice place to sit and relax and talk. Thank you to them and all they do for the National Guard.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do wonders to support our soldiers over there and here at home.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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5 people found this review helpful

I want to mention about some really great support I got from the Veteran Advocates of ore-Ida in Ontario, Oregon, and a couple of my buddies too. A friend passed on my APO address to the Advocates and they started sending me boxes full of really good stuff we could use while deployed and some really great letters from the kids about how they are thankful we're protecting them That meant a lot to us. I told the advocates how much their boxes meant to us and mentioned about 2 of my buddies that didn't get things from home and they sent them boxes too. Its great to have folks homeside who really care and do things for us. Thank you - from an Iraq Vet

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

not only support letters and deeds, but good stuff to have when deployed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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7 people found this review helpful

This organization has gone out of their way to work with many agencies across boarders and around the Nation. They seem to have contacts within the Federal Government, State Government and Local Government as well as private agencies and other 501 c groups to help our U.S. Military Veterans. I have been helped by just going in to their location and sitting down and talking with other Veterans about my issues. Great place to enjoy and a safe place for any Veteran to hang out and not have to worry about them asking for money. They might not be able to help all that walk in but they sure try harder that any other group that I have been to.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

a place to share information with other Veterans without the pressure to join anything.

Ways to make it better...

they had a larger space.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I have seen the caring concern that each person who is involved with the Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida shows toward veterans, active duty military and their families When you walk into their office, you are greated with a smiling face and a feeling of welcome and respect. They always have the coffee pot on and are willing to listen mo matter how busy they may be. They depend only on donations and they value a dollor donation as much as a $100.00 donation. They send out personal thank you to every one who donates, no matter how small or large the donation. It is a "safe" place that anyone can go and feel important.The stafft takes the time to listn and then they make every effort to either ulilize community resources or dig into their pockets to help if the need arises. If you love your country, then you will give to the Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida so that they can help advocate, support and give a voice to all of our men and women in the Armed Forces both past and present.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the help a soldier received to get badly needed dentures. I've seen veterans helped with monies to pay their utlilies, rent and gas.I have seen the smiles on the faces of the veterans that just come into the office for a visit.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being able to sit and talk and listen to the older veterans who have so much history to share with all of us.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly and willing to help in any way that they can. They always have a smilek on and treat each person with the greatest respect.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help more veterans, send more boxes overseas and give back more to the community.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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