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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Job Training

Mission: To connect military veterans with meaningful employment opportunities that serve our communities and environment

Results: By the end of 2011, 316 veterans experienced the great outdoors through our Outdoor Conservation(including our Wildland Firefighting), a program that puts veteran teams to work on our public lands completing conservation and stewardship projects. Forty veterans have been directly hired by VGJ; the majority of these employees are now working in our weatherization department, which has weatherized 3,876 homes within two years. 10% of all of the clients served through our weatherization program receive field quality assurance audits from qualified State of Colorado and Department of Energy inspectors. We also receive two State of Colorado administration audits per year. Veterans Green Jobs has received excellent ratings from all field and administration audits. We are currently on target to meet all of our program outputs through this program year.

Target demographics: Service Transition. Our award-winning service transition programs provide short-term, work-intensive projects for those just completing military service or veterans ready to make a transition to a new vocational path. Hands-on projects provide veterans with transferable skills and experience, and guide them toward exciting new career and education opportunities.

Direct beneficiaries per year: VGC - 100+ Weatherization - 1300 + VCC - 13

Geographic areas served: Rocky Mountain Region, Washington DC, Bucks County PA, California

Programs: Outdoor Conservation Program, Wildland Firefighting Program, Employment Program, Go Green Warehouse, Home Weatherization

Community Stories

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization with a great mission. I've taken the whole tour of the operation and have no doubts my money is being put to a great use in helping our nations veterans. I've met some of the veterans who've come out of programs provided by this organization of greatness. Veterans Green Jobs is making history in the arena of social justice for our United States military veterans, we owe it to them. I now attend all events Veterans Green Jobs is involved with and it's always a pleasure to meet these outstanding employees and volunteers who believe in their mission. Outstanding leadership keeps this tight ship running. Thank you for all you do and most of all, THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR CONTINUED SERVICE.

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Donor

Rating: 1

This organization has suffered from disorganization, poor leadership, mis-allocating funds, discrimination and misleading the public. I have no doubt Veterans Green Jobs will fail, and it's too bad as the mission is an important one. However, putting any money into this organization is equivalent to throwing your money in the trash. Seek out other organizations helping military veterans, there are many.

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vickie 10/04/2012

Thank you for your post about Veterans Green Jobs. As a nonprofit, we’re dedicated to serving veterans, ensuring responsible use of funds, and maximizing our limited resources at all times. As with many young nonprofit organizations, we’ve experienced growing pains as well as setbacks as we work to build an infrastructure that helps us achieve our mission. Together with the help of our board and staff, and the cooperation of our partners, we are earnestly working to meet our goal of placing veterans into meaningful career paths; internally, all hands are on deck to make this happen for at least 300 veterans by mid next year. Veterans Green Jobs is dedicated to transparency in all that we do and we receive an independent financial audit each year. Our annual reports and 990s are open to the public and we would be happy to provide copies to anyone in the the public or funding community that may have concerns.