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Military Spouse Advocacy Network

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Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: OUR MISSION: To create stronger military families through education, empowerment, and support. OUR VISION STATEMENT: The Military Spouse Advocacy Network is a robust network of advocates, mentors, and volunteers serving our military families and improving the morale and welfare of our communities through education empowerment, support, community and collaboration. OUR VALUES: Education: Linking military spouses with useful resources while facilitating the creation and continuous improvement of reference materials. Empowerment: Promoting strong and confident military spouses. Support: Facilitating mentorship and training to ensure no spouse is left behind. Community: Building fellowship for military spouses in local and global communities. Collaboration: Connecting military spouses with resources to educate and empower their communities.

Results: The creation of a program that provides peer-to-peer support and mentorship to all new military spouses. The challenges rooted in developing strong military spouses lies largely in the ability to link them to the information and support they need as new spouses to a military lifestyle. Even as benefits and resources exist to accomplish spouse support, an apparent and realistic lack of experience sometimes stifles spouses trying to learn and begs the need for a system of mentors to be the bridge between the person and the information. The New Military Spouse Support Program serves as a supplementary function to mentor spouses as they embark on their new experience in the military.

Target demographics: Mentor, support and educate military spouses

Direct beneficiaries per year: Have provided peer-to-peer mentorship to over 1000 military spouses

Geographic areas served: Provide peer-to-peer support and mentorship to all military spouses from day one of their journey.

Programs: peer-to-peer support, leadership development program, trainings/webinars, events, conferences, classes and more.

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I first encountered MSAN when applying for a scholarship to their inaugural Leadership Development Program. Within days I became aware of an incredible network of like-minded compassionate servant-leaders who are embracing all the best parts of the difficult military lifestyle. These volunteers immediately became a life line for me during a difficult transition in life. I feel more support now than in the last 2.5 years of military life. Thank you to the professional mentors, directors, and volunteers who give me a sense of belonging!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MSAN has helped me to feel empowered on my journey as a military spouse. We often face unique challenges and uncertainties in this lifestyle and MSAN provides peer mentors and connections to resources for everything a military family may need. I've been personally impacted by the incredible heart that the volunteers have for the mission and can't thank them enough for helping this great organization succeed.

Ingrid H.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I chose to join the board of the Military Spouse Advocacy Network because I truly believe in their mission and vision. In addition, Verenice Castillo is a force for good, she is one of the most passionate, dedicated and smart people I know. She is such an effective leader and she truly cares about every single member. Beyond that, this organization is an incredible asset to our military community. New spouses in particular could use mentorship and support to tackle all of the issues that come up while trying to navigate this military life. I can say that I would have loved to have a similar program when I was a new spouse. The amount of support and information that members are provided with are priceless. Thank you MSAN for all you do!

1 Angela L.9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MSAN is a great organization that provides support to military spouses! Without the support of my fellow volunteers, milspouse life would be much more difficult!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve volunteered with MSAN for 3 years and have loved every minute. We provide support for military spouses of all branches. I’ve always felt supported by our leadership and strive to continue that support. I was so happy when I found this program and wish it would have been there when I was a new spouse.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

MSAN really helped me achieve my career goals! I was so lucky to be a part of it's first MSLDP cohort and grow my leadership skills by learning from experts in the field. Upon completion of the program, I was excited to give back what I had learned to the military spouse community and I am currently contributing as a volunteer Outreach Coordinator at MSAN. It is a wonderful and inspiring group of military spouses who motivate the community to make a difference wherever we end up!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with MSAN in 2019 and the skills and practical experience I have gained have been invaluable in helping me transition to a new career. MSAN strives to empower military spouses to be the architects of their own story, and I feel very fortunate to be a part of this phenomenal organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with MSAN for over a year, and I continue to be impressed and humbled both by the mission and the amazing people who work so hard to make it happen and give new spouses the support and guidance they so need from day one. Whether it be peer to peer mentoring, connecting new spouses with resources, or community outreach, MSAN is invaluable both to the military community as a whole and to me personally. I struggled badly as a new Navy spouse, and MSAN has offered me the chance to give back and be who I needed myself when I was younger, and it is so rewarding to see my new spouses grow and succeed.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been an absolute please working with MSAN. Their passion for all things military spouse related is so clear in everything they do. From the New Spouse program and brand-new hub to their leadership course. They see a need and they create a way to help. So grateful to be part of them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing and supportive group of military spouses who have hearts for philanthropy and serving their community. I could not be more proud to be a part of this organization!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MSAN has allowed me to reach my fullest potential as a military spouse! Support has been provided every step of the way! I now have the opportunity to volunteer with this great organization and continue to help other spouses!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering with MSAN. Educating and helping spouses is at the heart and everything we do.

2 Kristen M.5

Board Member

Rating: 5

MSAN continues to inspire and education the military spouse community! The volunteers passion is the lifeblood of the organization. This is what community and grass roots is all about!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

MSAN is an amazing organization with a focus on building a stronger military community. The dedication of the volunteers and the programs provided are high level, results driven empowerment. The Leadership Development Program and HUB are tools that set them apart from other similar organizations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been volunteering with MSAN since January. It has been a great avenue for me to use my skills. I love how much they value their volunteers and really make an effort to show their appreciation. MSAN, even in the short time that I have been volunteering, is constantly innovating and coming up with new ways to reach military spouses and offer support and mentorship they need. The new Military Spouse Leadership Development Program is a great thing and highly needed in our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for MSAN for 2 years and the program has had a great impact on me. I have been able to help many fellow spouses by providing support and guidance when needed. In return, the program has fully equipped with training and resources to provide the assistance our fellow military spouses need. I wish this program was around when I was a new military spouse, as I would have been better prepared for the challenges at hand.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

MSAN is a fantastic nonprofit that is helping thousands of new military spouses every year get support through mentorship. I truly wish I had something like this earlier in my time as a military spouse. Their new mentorship HUB is next level and helping not just new military spouses, but all military spouses and more. Thank you for all you do!!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Military Spouse Advocacy Network (MSAN) is changing the way the military community views mentorship and support for military families. MSAN brings the stories of those they help to the table when working with those influencing programming and policy for military families. Their structured approach to volunteer recruitment and retention shows just how much they care about the quality of services they provide. MSAN's newest program, the Military Spouse Leadership Development Program, is an innovative program with worldwide rippling effects for positive changes in our communities. MSAN is investing in military spouses as community leaders and changemakers. Great nonprofit with hundreds of hard working volunteers!

1 Emily L.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with MSAN for almost 3 and a half years now and I have loved seeing the growth over the years. The most recent addition of the MSAN HUB has given spouses a whole new way to connect with a community where they can be sure that they will always have a place that they can feel safe to ask the difficult questions 24/7 while still having the option to be assigned a mentor. The HUB also gives spouses the opportunity to be able to pick a mentor that they have built a relationship with and feel comfortable with. I am honored to be part of such an amazing group of Military Spouses dedicated to helping other Military Spouses across the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love that the mentors are so committed to helping other military spouses! Its a great group of folks from all over the world taking time out of their schedule to make sure that new spouses have all the CORRECT information they need. Its really an amazing organization!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with MSAN has afforded me many opportunities to grow as a leader. I have had the opportunity to work alongside so many dedicated military spouses. It is an honor to be a part of this community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent the beginning part of my spouses career in the military hating life. I was alone, confused, and isolated. I stumbled across Military Spouse Advocacy Network one morning on social media, and I felt like I had found my home. I have been a volunteer with the organization for nearly three years. Together, around the world, I have built relationships that have changed my life. I have been given the opportunity to grow and learn alongside many military spouses around the globe. I have become a stronger, more dedicated spouse, leader, and mother. Military Spouse Advocacy Network does more than just provide resources. It’s community is building leaders. It is changing lives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think this is an awesome nonprofit that does amazing work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The military spouse advocacy network is something that should have been created by the Department of Defense long ago. Luckily a lot of passionate military spouses I've given a tremendous amount of time to create in organization who supports the other half of the military. Having served a 30-year career in the military I can tell you first-hand that it is very daunting to be a new service member, let alone a new spouse. Luckily this organization connects seasoned spouses and other mentors with those who are new to help guide them through the experience as well as give them multiple opportunities to excel not only in personal life but within the organization their spouse is a part of.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am honored and proud to be part of the Military Spouse Advocacy Network. It is such an amazing organization. It has helped me become a better and more productive leader in my community. It is also a great experience meeting military spouses from all over the world and empowering those around me.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I am very proud of this organization. Everyone is a volunteer and the organization refrains from getting into political debates. They focus funds and effort on their mission first and foremost.

3 Caitlin Beadle N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MSAN is an incredible organization and I only wish it had existed when I was a brand new Military Spouse. It would have been so wonderful to have been able to connect with a peer mentor to guide me through the transition from civilian to military lifestyle. There was so much I didn't know and I had no idea where to look for answers to all of my questions. I've been volunteering my time to MSAN for 1 year now and it has been an incredibly rewarding experience. As a Coast Guard spouse, we often feel left out of the military community with us being a part of DHS instead of DOD, but at MSAN every single spouse is welcomed and valued. I feel lucky to be a part of this organization and I can't wait to see the impact we will have on new military spouses in the years to come!

3 Kelsey L.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MSAN is an amazing organization! They provide invaluable services to new military spouses. As a mil spouse myself, I know how helpful this can be in such an unsure and challenging time of our lives! So thankful for them.

2 vcastillo1975

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MSAN continues to lead an initiative to provide peer-to-peer mentorship to military spouses around the globe. During the last 4 months, MSAN has reached more 375,000 military spouses that were in need of support and mentorship during an unprecedented time. I am honored to be MSAN's CEO and proudly oversee a mission that continues to be accomplished thanks to the commitment of the best volunteers a nonprofit can have.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Five years ago, I decided to turn my advocacy and voluntarism efforts into a nonprofit to help me have a bigger impact. My passion is to mentor and educate military spouses, mainly the new ones because they need all the support and mentorship that they can have. Today, I look back and realized that this dream has come true because of the amazing team of our volunteers (past and present). The passion and dedication and dedication of our volunteers have changed the lives of more than one thousand new military spouses. MSAN is providing new military spouses peer-to-peer mentorship, education, support and empowerment to have a successful transition from civilian into our military life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined MSAN when I just had my second baby, being a stay-at-home Mom and desperately searching for something else to fill my cup. There’s no better job than being a Mama but joining MSAN has given me a newfound purpose and an activity that fulfills me differently than anything else. Everyone I’ve worked with at MSAN from different branches choose to do this because we all genuinely want to help. There’s no selfish game or competition. Just women supporting women who all have one commonality, being a military spouse. This organization should be shared to all new spouses for guidance, mentorship, and resources.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Military Spouse Advocacy Network is a great community resource for military spouses- from all walks and all branches of the military services. Within MSAN, there are seasoned spouses that connect with new military spouses on a day to day basis, providing the services and support that new spouses need- from day 1. As a National Guard Mentor with MSAN, I love connecting with these brand new military spouses and helping them navigate their own personal journey. Giving back to the community who already gives so much is the least anyone can do to help. I love being part of that community that gives and gives back! MSAN is more than a resource, they are a family.

3 CorrieLynn A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MSAN is a truly unique and wonderful community of military spouses in all different phases of their military life journey. I am so grateful that I found this community during the global pandemic because they have provided support, understanding and access to resources that I did not even know were available to me. Thank you, MSAN!

3 Julie E.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love that Military Spouse Advocacy Network is inclusive of all military branches and components! As a reserve spouse during deployment it was hard to find an organization that was willing to help the reserves and MSAN was welcoming! MSAN continues to be an inclusive and supportive organization that helps all military spouses!

3 Cristy Waltman R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MSAN is the best resource out there for the military spouse community. Pairing me as a mentor to newer spouses as mentees has provided me with friendships I can’t get anywhere else. We are a big family building one another up and cheering each other on as we face struggles as military spouses.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with MSAN has been so rewarding. I am able to help guide brand new spouses using the knowledge I have gained in my experience and my training with the hope that they will never feel as if they are going through it alone. MSAN is not only a valuable service to New Military Spouses but it also helps give seasoned military spouses the ability to help others. MSAN does a wonderful job of recognizing their volunteers time and efforts and bringing both seasoned and brand new spouses together as one big happy family. They constantly emphasize that we are in this together.

2 Rthomashunis

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started with MSAN about a year ago and Im amazed by the growth that has happened in such a short time! As a mentor for the New Military Spouse Support Program, I started doing what I consider my job as a seasoned spouse, helping the new spouses coming in. The MSAN team provides trainings, programs of interest, constant open door available communication, professional partnerships AND all the branches are represented. I have since promoted to the Air Force Branch Mentor so now I get the chance to work harder for a cause I believe is much needed in todays military lifestyle. The MSAN team strives to provide current, vetted information for our mentees, along with support and guidance from our CEO and Advisor Board.

3 Hannah S.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Military Spouse Advocacy Network does amazing things to help military spouses. They help with everything from jobs to deployment to family care. They bring together military spouses and encourage them to be the best they can be for themselves and their families while supporting their military spouse.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first got involved with MSAN back in May, as a military spouse of 17 years, as a mentor. Peer to peer mentoring is something that didn't exist when I was a brand new spouse, and getting involved with MSAN as a mentor has been a really rewarding experience. The process is smooth and streamlined and always improving, and I have thoroughly enjoyed connecting with other military spouses and guiding my own mentees as they navigate military life. The community is kind and supportive, the leadership team is responsive and very proactive, and I've really loved the change in myself as I've become the person I needed when I was a young military spouse with nobody to guide me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think MSAN is an amazing organization with a wonderful program for mentoring new military spouses. I have enjoyed my time as a mentor so far and look forward to continuing to volunteer with MSAN. I wish it was available to me when I was a new military spouse over 12 years ago. It’s been fun connecting with new military spouses and connecting them to each other through dinner meet-ups.

4 Cindy Donivan M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Military Spouse Advocacy Network is by far the most important resource to Military Spouses! They connect and empower spouses who might have gotten overwhelmed in the military lifestyle.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Military Spouse Advocacy Network is an amazing nonprofit organization. They reach a large group of spouses that had been overlooked by other military family organizations prior to their establishment! New spouses were a huge portion of military spouses who were completely overlooked with no resources, help, or trusted advice. MSAN sees them and makes a difference in the lives of new spouses through peer-to-peer mentoring and empowerment. Empowered new spouses have the confidence to continue further into military family life and be positive supporters of their spouses, families, and communities. Spouses with a mentor are able to get accurate, up-to-date information on all topics of military life. They are able to ask their questions and receive honest, information supported, branch specific answers directly from their mentor. The organization values each and every one of it's volunteers and it definitely shows!