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VALORS VETERANS COMMUNITY AZ

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: "Connect Veterans One Event at a Time."

Results: We have connected with more than 5500 Veterans throughout the Phoenix Metro area to date (February 2018-November 2020) All Veterans are encouraged to come out to an event and socialize, build camaraderie and make new friends. Build that bond with fellow Veterans and Civilians in the community. Our Vision is to have the #1 Veterans Community in America.

Target demographics: Veterans connect with social activities and events, be a resource for employment and education, do joint operations with other Veteran non profits and help with outreach outreach

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2019 we have directly engaged with more than 2600 Veterans throughout the Phoenix Metro area.

Geographic areas served: Phoenix Metro area

Programs: Free movie screenings, tickets to sporting events, volunteering opportunities at local food banks and athletic events such as Ironman 70.3 and Full Ironman. Holding monthly breakfast and resource event with the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Office, employers and education opportunities and other Veteran non profits.

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I heard about Valors Veterans Community in late 2017. I saw that they engaged with veterans of all eras and that they were present practically in every outreach event around Maricopa County. As I referred other veterans and eventually connected with them too, I see their value in our community.

Veteran coffee meet ups, free attending to sporting events, movie premieres, volunteer opportunities for various agencies, feeding the hungry, bike riding as a team, building camaraderie...the list keeps going.

I am blessed to have connected with Valors Veteran Community.

1 Ulises Javier Lopez C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Valors Veterans Community AZ for 2 years and everything I have witnessed has been to the benefit of the Veteran community. I have also ran into and spoken with the founding member RO at the Phoenix VA medical center, as he was making his rounds to speak with Veterans and employees to get their feedback as to how Valors can assist them.

I have also attended multiple Veteran town halls and Valors is always a staple at these town halls it seems. I see their volunteers speaking with the community and providing resources that can enrich their lives.

Many times, I see Valors also hosting events that I have personally volunteered at or benefited from. In one instance, Valors was able to connect Veterans to a Cardinals games in where the group built a friendship, while enjoying the whooping the Cardinals were dishing out. For some Veterans, events like the one described are the only opportunities we have to connect with another person.

I did not mention the bicycle rides and donations. Ro truly understands the importance of getting outside and building a community/ friendship. RO has spoken to me personally on how coming together for social events is therapeutic for many Veterans suffering from emotional and mental trauma. Nothing heals the soul like another good soul. I would recommend this non-profit organization to our brothers and sisters in arms! Thank you RO for what you do for us Veterans! AATW!

Shawn C.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We love this organization for all it does! Every week there are opportunities to serve and support veterans or attend free events! They know how to keep you active and engaged with others! It's such a warm and welcoming community!

We have never met anyone quite like RO Gonzales. He is so friendly, helpful and dedicated to the mission he created for VVCAZ! No other organization does this much for veterans and their families!

1 sprattk3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a member of valor veterans community at a rather difficult time in my life , I had lost my 47 year old wife Kimberly to a massive heart attack a few months earlier, Ro encouraged me to come out to the activities and then to volunteer, I have been a member for about 2 years now and I love Valors mission of engaging one veteran at a time

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Valors became a part of my life during a very difficult time in my life, my wife passed away in November of 2018 and I was invited to a Valors event a few months later and I have been volunteering and attending events regularly ever since.Valors is a great community of Brothers & Sisters from all branches of the military

1 Byron A R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been attending Valors events since last year; one of the best parts.is meeting and sharing conversations with other veterans. After leaving active duty, I found it very difficult to connect and engage with civilians; mostly because we didn't speak in the same context.
Now when I meet with other Veterans at events, we have stories to share and we understand each other.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Valors on 8th and Ro provide a much needed service to our military and Veterans. I got out, after 4 years, back in the 80's and it was a difficult transition into civilian life for me as I didn't have much in common with the people I met, even other Veterans as they were involved with their own adjustments.
I have been participating with VON8th for about a year now and I enjoy attending the events. I feel at home. Ro has created an atmosphere where we all are equal, regardless of branch, MOS, rank, time in service, combat or no combat. We can just sit, share stories, and drink coffee from time to time.
We also participate in other community events, non-military, like the one where we hand out water to runners during a marathon or triathlon. Shows that us as a military community can still be a contribution to others.
Thanks to all organizations that donate to make this possible.

1 Cassie R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just moved to Phoenix, Arizona and was telling a co-worker how I needed to get out and meet people since I was new to the area. My co-worker mentioned he was a veteran and attended some of the meet ups with Valors, which it would be a good start to connect with people. That night I searched for Valors via Facebook and Ro Gonzales immediately messaged me about the Non-Profit Organization and how he helps veterans. This organization not only gives back to the community, but assist veterans and supports in their needs. I am coming up on a year with being a volunteer veteran with Valors and have loved assisting the non-profit organization as well as it assisting me in my overall healthy and well being. The organization definitely helped me connect with people both veterans and military supporters, which I now have great friendships due to the group. It also has been fun working with Valors and supporting different events.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization helping veterans of all eras and services. I’ve assisted in food drives and care packages, been a recipient of a road bike in order to join other veterans in bike rides in the Phoenix area. Highly engaged leadership always looking to serve Veterans!

1 jbfellowtuber

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a member for almost a year now and my experience of this group is amazing. I love the people, RO is the best thank you so much, I love you my valor family

2 Perphelia Spencer W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best organizations in AZ, so grateful to be a part of this amazing network.

2 Derek F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I’ve learned many things from this organization. I’ve met many veterans from this organization. I’ve done a few charitable events with this organization. This organization cares for its member and I mean it. Ensuring our life of serving still has a purpose of serving and giving back to the community, not just giving back to the military community! A great organization ran by great people!!

2 Travis B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Ro in 2015 with another veteran organization and i kid you not he was the first friend i made when i got out of the Army. Since then he has taken that drive and motivation and made Valor's the best local Veteran outreach organization in the whole country.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Words cant express the love and gratitude i have for this organization, from its infancy of a one man operation to the multi event city wide beast it is today i couldn't be happier. RO if you're reading this keep kicking ass and doing what you do best!!

2 LaRhonda D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank You team Valors Veterans Community AZ for going above & beyond. Being a part of this crew of givers is so inspiring. Recently as a team we continue to supply needed items to the Navajo Nations and others during the attack of a global enemy...COVID virus. The heart of Valors is God's blessings during all seasons. Once again, an AWESOME! group to serve our community...Thank You ALL!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great time to relax with fellow comrades. I am having stressful thoughts about an upcoming surgery and a movie with universal buddies truly helped bring a smile to my face. Thank you Ro!!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I went on an outing of sorts with RO and Valors on 8th. Simple event. Stand up in front of a room full of students and just say name rate and service. I have a reputation as a good speaker at funerals and weddings and have even spoke/preached at church a couple times. But to stand up in front of a bunch of wide eyed grade schoolers almost took me out. But really it was a chance to sit with them have a bit of breakfast and coffee. Then have sixth graders look up to you. DANG. And it was like being with shipmates 7 or8 of us different branches different times and it all gave me value and made me remember the look in those kids eyes was not about the who , what , when or where. They looked at all of us for who we were. That one thing we all shared. Someone asked who will go and we all said send me. And that's what those kids saw. Thanks RO. And it's not right that I have to choose one role over the other to post this review. I started as a volunteer and ended up as a client served.

3 James W.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I separated from the Air Force in February 2019 and Valors on 8th was the first veterans organization that reached out when I moved back to Phoenix. I quickly learned about all the awesome activities Valors on 8th hosts for veterans. The first even I was able to attend was a memorial day ruck around Tempe Town Lake and from the moment I arrived at the event I was welcomed with open arms. Valors on 8th is an incredible organization that goes far above and beyond to help veterans and does so with genuine enthusiasm. Big thanks to Ro and Valors on 8th for everything they do for the veteran community!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

RO Gonzales has been top notch when it comes to helping vets in so many ways! When it comes to me, it helps me get out of the house more and be around others, and to enjoy an event. His selflessness is that which many cannot understand, so thank you sir for all you do in the community.

2 Rachel A.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I immediately felt like family. Ro is a dedicated retiree with a huge heart for his fellow military veterans. Valors allows us to interact with one another and receive benefits from the local community. You feel like you belong. Great people all with huge hearts.

2 Dale Haines J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Valors on 8th, is very visible in the community providing several ways for veterans to engage.
1. Providing educational and social opportunities to help veterans
2. Finding ways for veterans and their families active and doing things together socially
3. Most importantly finding and organizing opportunities for veterans to volunteer and help in their community.

2 Paul B.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

RO does a great job leading this organization . His passion has a trickle down that has an amazing effect everyone. The organization does a great job of providing for our veteran population.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Valors on 8th is a great organization helping military and veterans. Please support them! We work with them often on projects for service members. Great people!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Incredible hearts for veterans and an uncanny ability to network and make important connections in the community. I am a Marine Corps combat veteran rated at 100% for Combat PTSD and Valors on 8th assisted me and my wife with getting a bike so we can exercise and enjoy quality time together. They are a huge and much needed asset in the community.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Valors on 8th is the best! They help veterans get involved with the community. Ro does an amazing job!!

2 Jessica R.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the first organizations I came across when I moved to Arizona & I had the opportunity to attend one of the veteran engagement events. RO Gonzalez (the boss man) is such a kind & caring person. His passion for veterans shines though & the community is lucky to have this organization!

3 Andrew J.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love this organization! They keep veterans engaged and are active in the community. Their passion is amazing!

3 Toni M.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Fantastic group, involved in the community. Getting veterans involved with various events, running, biking, hiking, walking. A great group to be a part of. Valors on 8th, get involved, you'll see many more opportunities that is available.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

Great for veterans

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are doing a great job at offering a variety of different opportunities to get people/veterans involved.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very responsive and knows about many resources available to veterans. Love that they share tickets

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

VALORS ON 8TH brings awareness and helps out Veterans in many positive aspects.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Valors provides outstanding support opportunities to veterans and members of the community.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Attentive, Resourceful and Helpful

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The work that they do is amazing. So many activities and the great information shared to the Veteran community is outstanding.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

They are helping veterans to have a more active social life

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

VALORS ON 8th. Does a great job getting veterans together in a group setting. It helps people to interact and remain social.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

They keep us informed of activities, volunteer opportunities, seminars and social events

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What RO is doing with the organization is amazing for our community. I fully support Valors and their mission.

4 Eric R.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Valors on 8th gets veterans out of the house and engaged in the community. This organization doesn't require you to join a running club or just do service, it's all things. Tickets to pre-screenings of movies, Monster Jam, baseball, football, etc... Valors is an organization for veterans and their families. Hope to see you out soon!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It engages the veteran to meet other veterans in a public Setting

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel that this organization is great. The resources that are available to our Veterans that deserve the best: They have fought for our country~ served our country~ Freedom is not free. The resources available to them such as affordable housing along with their families, education, wellness and any other kind of supportive services that are available to them are helpful and useful in so many ways. Bringing the Veterans together and being able to volunteer at many events are ways to always give back to the community by showing support and compassion for all.

4 Travis B.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an incredible non profit organization set up by an true American hero that I'm proud to call my friend. When is comes to veteran outreach in AZ look no further.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Engaging with veterans and the community in a positive way. Provide activities and volunteer opportunities for veterans. Awesome way to connect with current and former service members.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Valors is exceeding the expectations of the veteran community in which it serves and is doing great things! Veteran engagment is important and assists veterans with reintegrating back into society and meeting new people. Valors does an excellent job in making sure there are events and activities to accomplish that.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

The outreach for this company is amazing from Flag to Nogales every vet knows RO and that man will move hell and earth to help them out. Unfortunately RO is only one man so one improvement is have someone provide him more resources for a staff