HELP HOSPITALIZED VETERANS

Rating: 2.2 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 36585 Penfield Land Winchester CA 92596 USA

Mission: To be a valuable voluntary service organization for America's Veterans and military community by providing compassionate and comprehesive therapeutic intervention through creative arts activity by facilitating HHV's arts and crafts kit programs.
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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I am a local pastor that know of HHV and all that they do and all they've been through over the past few months. Even though I am not intimately aware of the details of the lawsuit that was brought by Camilla Harris and the State of California, I do know that all charges were dropped and HHV has been exonerated from all charges.

It is not for me to judge innocence or guilt in this case, but I do know that this organization has done remarkable work in serving our veterans. They have a new team of people that are focused on seeing their mission fulfilled and are looking at new and creative ways to serve our military personnel.

Please do not stop supporting their work with the vets.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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: 1 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I just received a check in the mail for $2.50 from this organization, trying to shame us into giving them donations. The red flags immediately went up as why would a charity for veterans (supposedly) be sending out money to the public? I went to CharityNavigator.com to check them out, and sure enough they've been targeted by the state of California for huge excessive salaries siphoned off by the executives....millions, in fact. This organization is a scam and those in charge should have their sorry asses thrown in jail. They should be made to disgore every penny they took, and have the funds sent to legitimate charities for deserving veterans.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Having never donated or provided my personal contact information to HHV, I was unpleasantly surprised to find an unsolicited donation request in my mailbox. Regardless of whatever work the organization does, such unsolicited donation requests (with pennies inside to deliberately guilt you into a contribution) seem to be a gross misuse of funds and staff time.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I'll have to rate this a One star, as I am appalled to discover the criminality with organzation. In 1980, I nearly died from hemorrhaging pneumonia (ARDS) during Tech School at an Air Force base in Texas. The craft kit I received from this organization was a help to me, and it came with a card saying that it was donated by someone thinking of a hospitalized soldier. At 18 yrs of age, this inspired me to give to veterans charities; so I am grateful for this. Too bad I can't contribute to this charity after learning what we all know now. Just awful.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

In the official rules of the "sweepstakes", it is stated that this is void in Florida; it is also stated that this "sweepstakes" will not be mailed into Texas. I therefore find it suspicious that in the list of "past winners", one 3rd prize winner is listed as being in Orlando, Florida and another 3rd prize winner is listed as being from Austin, Texas. Read all the fine print if you get one of these solicitations... something isn't right.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I share Robert's concerns and receive my sweepstakes today. Why would a charity give away a million dollar prize when that money could be used to help the veterans it professes to help.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 1 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Out of the blue, I got a big envelope in the mail from HHV. I looked intently, at the envelope, before ever opening it. What struck me as odd was that NO WHERE on the arriving envelope, was there the name of the "charity" or even a return address. But it had all sorts of officius-looking statements and identified the wife and I as "A Donor of the Year"

Wow! Donor of the Year.............. for what??? There's also an official tracking code and a reply-by date AS WELL AS the promise of a commemorative certificate and a sweepstakes elegibility entry notice! Wow again, eh? But not a clue as to who it was that was being so generous towards us. Naturally, I couldn't get the thing ripped open fast enough!
Out tumbled the requisite donation/sweepstakes for as well as an EARLY BIRD bonus drawing certificate and a large flyer describing the prizes you'll be sure to have a snowball's chance of winning if you contributre to their supposed cause.

This outfit just SMELLS bad. The slick come-on, the Award as a donor of the year - when I swear I['ve never given them a dime! The phony gold-sticker'd seal on the frameable certificate (says it's "frameable" - right on the back. But then, so's a potato chip bag!)

I imagine if you're one of the lucky few Vets that get something from this scam scheme, they probably look great. But the smell that wafts out of their giant envelope.

If you're soliciting for a great cause - which I concede, veterans would qualify as - wouldn't you want prospective donors to know that at a glance? BEWARE the "Help Hospitalized Veterans" institution. Better yet, go find a veteran and do something nice for them. Your money will actually GET to them that way!

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

Thru a review of ONE recipient of their mission's goal.

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

Fire self-serving, Mike Lynch, and give him a lynching for the fat salary he and his staff give themselves.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

A little

How did you learn about this organization?

Got their solicitation in the mail. And I'd NEVER sent them a donation before - even tho they were thanking me for doing so. By the way, our last name is SO uncommon that there was no way they'd made a simple mistake in addressing.

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