The Give An Hour Nonprofit

Rating: 5 stars   21 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Health, Veterans

Location: 5137 Westpath Way Bethesda MD 20816 USA

Mission: Develop a sustainable national network of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise in our society. We are dedicated to providing free mental health care to veterans, active duty service members and their loved ones.
Results: Our network of volunteer mental health providers has grown to 7,000. They can provide free mental health services in every state and US territory.
Target demographics: Veterans, active duty military servicemembers and their families.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Due to confidentiality, we do not know the number of beneficiaries, but do know that providers have given about 32,000 hours of free help in the past year.
Geographic areas served: United States and Territories
Programs: Providing free mental health care to military veterans, active duty service members and their loved ones.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Our non-profit organization, Veterans On the Rise, Inc., a local 501(c) 3 serving homeless veterans and veteran families, was selected as the host location for the Give An Hour Celebration of Service. Our leadership worked collaboratively with GIve An Hour leadership, and leadership from CIty Year Care Force to identify over 100 volunteers who came to Veterans On the Rise, Inc to perform beautifying activities. Over 60 of the volunteers came from Give An Hour. It was clear that the volunteers who participated in the event were committed to providing valuable services to veterans in need. Give An Hour services are a much needed component of bridging the mental health care gap for many veterans and veterans families. We created murals, added mulch to common area, and invited a strong since of community partnership between mental health care professionals, civilians and service members on that day. We are so grateful for the connection our team forged with the Give An Hour organization on that day.

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

We would like to establish more on-going connections with Give An Hour to partner to create more opportunities to serve veterans and veteran families together.

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

Quite well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Give An Hour is an exceptional organization which provides free mental health services to soldiers once they have returned home. The organization's Founder and President, Barbara Van Dahlen is an amazing person who is able to bring people together to support returning soldiers and military families. We are working with Give An Hour to launch a television program to create awareness for community organizations and in almost every meeting or call, Barbara is a source of inspiration for people and she wows anyone who comes into contact with her. It is not unusual when leaving a meeting to have someone openly approach Barbara afterwards, telling her how she has inspired them or is amazed by the work she is doing. In addition to caring for those who serve in the Armed Forces, Barbara manages to raise a family and understand the important balance of family in life. Her outstanding work and dedication to supporting our troops puts Barbara in a league of her own.


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?

2011

 
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Virtually all the national mental health professional associations are partners with Give An Hour, and that is the case as well with the American Psychological Association, the nation's largest association of psychologists, with 150,000 members and affiliates. APA collaborates with Give An Hour as a supporting partner because we share in GAH's commitment to military personnel, veterans and their families who may require mental health services as a consequence of serving our country at war. As a result of this partnership, APA disseminates information about GAH and its mission to our members who wish to volunteer their services and to the public at large, and we are honored to assist with the outstanding work of GAH.

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

Working with the staff and volunteer professionals to help promote its work.

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

Continue to help GAH expand its reach to even greater numbers of volunteer mental health providers and the deserving individuals and families it serves.

 
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Give an Hour leverages skills based volunteers (mental health care professionals) to give their time using their skills and talents to provide mental health services to service members and their families who are affected by the current conflicts.

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

Data and case studies that are coming from the communities where Give and Hour is leading Community Blueprint efforts to bring together communities in collaboration to better serve this population.

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

Provide them with more resources to leverage more skills based volunteers to provide more services.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I am a Licensed Counselor and the mother of an Iraq veteran who had significant issues "coming home". At that time, GAH had not been created and with limited options, I paid a great deal to get the care my son needed. As a result of our own journey, we created Veterans' Families United as a user friendly and compassionate resource to help veterans and families navigate the system and to empower them with choices. GAH has been at the top of my list for referrals since that time. Consistently, they extend timely and much needed resources for vets and families, many of whom are in remote areas and/or have few options for support. In my opinion, they are one of the most pure in their intentions of serving those who have served our country and they embody the essence of community.

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

Consistent and timely and compassionate feedback and support and willingness to explore all options to support our service members, vets and families.

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

NOTHING...they are totally "in tune" with the DIRECT needs and willing to do all they can to meet those needs.

What is unique about this organization?

The genuine spirit of "giving back" to those who have served.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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I am a Bereavement Coordinator for a nonprofit that works to support military families who have lost loved ones while serving on active duty. I regularly use Give-an-Hour to find counselors for families who otherwise would not qualify or not be able to afford counseling. This resource is absolutely VITAL to the reintegration and resilience of America's Families of the Fallen. The program is well-run and reliable, and I can always trust that the families I refer to Give-an-Hour counselors will be well cared for.

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

the responses that I get from the families I send to Give-an-Hour. They are very often thrilled that someone is willing to give their time to support them, which further honors their deceased loved one.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

Give An Hour is a critical resource for members of the military, veterans and their loved ones. We know that those who experience combat return home facing significant challenges including mental health issues and there are simply not enough mental health providers to care for them. Give An Hour is a professional organization that has recruited a large base of mental health providers, including professional social workers, to provide competent care to service men and women, and their loved ones, during their time of need. The organization has developed a simple, straightforward method of caring for these individuals. Those interested in receiving counseling, simply sign up at giveanhour.org. They can choose from a list of providers in their area. It is easy and confidential. This organization has become the “go-to” service for those who may not want to seek care elsewhere. It has also become an important resource for social workers who want to give back to a population that has risked everything to protect our country.

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

the lives of the individuals receiving mental health services as well as the extraordinary feedback of the volunteers who have provided mental health therapy.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

 
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