Great experience! We enjoyed everyone we met, loved the opportunity to work outside, and felt it was a wonderful way to support our veterans.
What a tremendous experience it was working with Swords to Plowshares. It was such a special experience and hope to work with this group in the future!
Swords to Plowshares was a great opportunity to volunteer with. The staff is phenomenal and breakfast was delicious. You can tell how much the veterans value and appreciate the impact.
Worked with Soo and her team to serve breakfast to Veterans at their new Otis street location. They were just getting settled in the new location and hitting the ground running to support the residents. They had not only great rapport with the Veterans, but were also incredibly lovely to volunteer with. Looking forward to my next opportunity to work with the team!
Great to get involved with such a great effort. I had a great time meeting the people in the community we helped and the people from Swords to Plowshares. A great group and although the work was easy, we know it goes a long way in helping the nonprofit. I look forward to participating in another event again soon.
To gather with your colleagues in a different setting, giving back, stepping out of your own reality...it's truly a blessing. We're lucky that Verizon Media gives us corporate volunteer days to do just that! We absolutely loved engaging with the facilities coordinator and helping Swords to Plowshares with their needs for the day! We took on painting three separate housing stair railings, sorting/organizing three giant storage garages and picking up scattered and concentrated litter on the premises. We had a crew of about 25 working together. There's no offsite or corp event that connects you with your colleagues and your local communities in need the way volunteering does it. Gratitude to all.
I have a deep love and appreciation for the veterans of our country and applaud the work that Swords to Plowshares is doing. It is my honor to contribute, in whatever small way I can, to helping them carry out their mission. They put thought and care into serving our veterans and providing them with much needed services and resources. I look forward to coming back and getting to spend more time with the veterans!
I volunteered with Swords to Plowshares through my office earlier this year and had a great experience. We helped prepare and serve breakfast to homeless / low income veterans and the entire process was smooth-sailing.
Soo was very kind and explained in great detail the mission of their organization and was getting involved in the volunteering herself as well!
Our team really appreciated the ease of knowing exactly what to do, how to do it, what to expect, etc. It's clear Swords to Plowshares has a ton of knowledge and education for newcomers like us to be able to help provide a small help in a very large and impressive cause.
We helped Swords to Plowshares serve a luncheon for at-risk and homeless veterans in November, 2018. The staff was excellent and gave us all the assistance we needed to help serve out luncheon and reach out to the veteran community in a big way. Soo Kim and Colleen Corliss were fantastic at communicating with us and keeping us abreast of all the pertinent information we needed to make this possible.
Swords to Plowshares have been awesome partners in providing the bridge between tech sector veteran employee resource groups and our homeless veterans in our SOMA community.
It has been an amazing opportunity to volunteer with Swords to Plowshares these last two years to help my fellow veterans. This is awesome organization with dedicated and hardworking staff. I feel very honored to work with this organization and the great work they do for our brothers and sisters in need.
When I moved to San Francisco I had to start from the absolute bottom after facing a divorce following my military service. Since I was a realtor prior, I didn’t have consistent income and couldn’t even qualify for an apartment. I had no job or degree, I didn’t know exactly what do. After meeting with Sword to Plowshares, I was able to rent a home in Oakland which paved the way for me starting and finishing my Bachelors Degree from Academy of Art, I also landed a job as a software engineer at a major corporation and now have custody of one of sons. If Swords would have never given me that initial support, I’m not sure how I would have made it here to see all the great opportunities that were to come. Very thankful to Randall Flagg and Swords to Plowshares for this great support!!
I had help filing for Service Connected Disability from the Military, and Swords Legal Department did a great job. Although it took 3 years, I was first denied, they filed an appeal, and in November 2017 I received 100% Disability from the Military. It was a great help to me and my family. They also have housing services, employment and training. They are a great organization who helps any veteran who walks through their doors. They have offices in San Francisco, as well as Oakland.
I have been associated with Sword To Plowshares since 2007 when I saw an add on Craigslist for a Substance Abuse Counselor. I had never hear of this organization, even when I was a Homeless Veteran living on the streets of San Francisco, with mental health and substance abuse issues. I applied for the job, and was quickly won over with what I saw that they were doing in the lives of homeless Veterans. I was assigned as a Program Counselor at their Treasure Island Transitional Housing Program where I worked for 4 years helping Veterans change their lives. You see, not only was I a Vietnam Veteran, I had also recovered from a life of substance abuse issues as well as mental health issues. The attention to what has caused a Vet to become homeless. and what could possibly help them find the life that they always wanted, or productive and healthy is their mission. I have seen this organization grow from about 60 employees to over 150 since joining their staff. I have found my purpose in life, and not only that, have found a career that Im can be proud of. They not only help Veterans with their issues, they also help their employees as well, When I found that I was suffering from PTSD, they not only allowed me time to be treated, but the legal team is helping with my Service Connected Disability claim. I can only say that while working for Swords, I noy only helped other Veterans change their lives, but the work I am doing has also helped me changed my life as well. This organization is the best Veterans Service Organization I have found. A lot of people want to help Veterans because Vets are the new thing going and are in it for the money. Swords has been doing this work for over 40 years and are not in it for the money, they are in it because they save lives.
Swords to Plowshares does a number of things that set it apart from other non-profits. Among these include: establishing an excellent network of attorneys, local leaders, and veterans to help aid in the efforts of veteran's advocacy; developing and providing excellent educational and training opportunities to advance veteran's advocacy; and raising awareness that promotes outstanding volunteer support. It has been an honor to be involved with them and the success stories they are responsible for.
I have volunteered at Swords to Plowshares' legal clinic on several occasions and have been impressed with the great work this organization does. In my former capacity as a law firm pro bono coordinator, I also helped place full scope cases with my colleagues. Swords was always very supportive. They go above and beyond to help vulnerable veteran populations and are all around a fantastic group.
I have worked with Swords as a volunteer for three years, and they provide significant programs to at-risk veterans in the SF Bay area. They are compassionate, caring and effective, and always strive to improve their programs.
I volunteer to provide Pro Bono services to veterans in need through Swords. As a direct result of Sword's focus, organization, and dedication, the volunteer activities are always successful and help many, many people. Swords is a compassionate, caring and effective group.