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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Human Services

Mission: Work Vessels for Veterans, Inc. equips America's returning veterans with donations of vessels, tools, or vehicles to start a business or pursue career education.

Results: Since 2008, over 1800 veterans across America have received "vessels" for self employment valued at nearly $3 million! WVFV is the conduit nonprofit through which a corporation or individual may donate equipment to qualified veteran-entrepreneurs.

Target demographics: returning veteran entrepreneurs with the equipment they need

Direct beneficiaries per year: We celebrated 10 years of service in 2018! More than 1800 veterans were equipped with nearly $3 million worth of tools for self employment! We equipped veterans in all 50 states!

Geographic areas served: all of America

Programs: donations of the equipment they need to start a new business or pursue career education. One of our first veteran enterprises reports to us that he has hired 40 veterans and 8 family members of veterans in his business that has expanded to two states! Your donations make a difference!

Community Stories

98 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Daugherty

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a disabled veteran Work Vessels for Vets came to the rescue in helping pay for a large tractor repair (our only tractor) When i was medically retired from the army due to injuries (tbi/ptsd) i turned to farming as a form of therapy . With the tractor being down it made it impossible to feed my small herd of cattle. WVFW was able to help with the expensive repair and viturally saved our farm

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Client Served

Rating: 5

my tractor (ford 3000) needed a engine overhaul Work Vessels were their to help with the costs. The tractor is a vital piece of equipment for our small 40 acre farm for doing chores and hauling hay . Had it not been for Work Vessels we would have had to sell our Heritage Galloway cattle setting us back several years

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is truly altruistic. They make a huge difference in so many lives with low overhead costs and it's run by a great group of people.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work with fellow veterans interested in agriculture, but can only offer educational support and referrals to other organizations. Often the capital expenses to start even a small operation are daunting for a beginning farmer, and sometimes getting the right equipment early-on, and before the crop or livestock is ready for market, makes or breaks an operation. I've seen WVFV support arrive quickly and when needed most by these entrepreneurial veterans. I frequently reference their work, and am consistently impressed by the life-changing impact their work has had on the veterans they serve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WVFV has impacted so many veterans lives by giving them whatever it takes for them to successfully move from military to civilian life through a business, farm, school and any number of pursuits. I personally witness a veteran receiving a commercial quilting finishing machine that would make his quilting business much more profitable. The machine was installed in his house for free by the company after they were contacted by WVFV. The emotional impact this had on the vet and his wife and children I haven’t forgotten. His business is very successful as a result. All this was accomplished by 3 volunteers at WVFV. There is virtually no overhead to this non-profit and the dedication is immeasurable.

Donor

Rating: 5

Work Vessels for Veterans is a tremendous organization helping our veterans. They are run by the most caring group of volunteers! Thank you for all that you do!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WVFV is a truly amazing organization. It has been an honor to volunteer for WVFV over the last 10 years and see first hand all of the help they provide our veteran entrepreneurs. Thank you WVFV!

Peter S.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such an awesome, easy, and quick organization to work with! Especially as a start up farm! Wish we had applied earlier!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After looking for months, I found Work Vessels and they helped me get a computer so that I may get certified to be a teacher. Now after nearly a year of being unemployed and only a couple weeks after completing my teacher's certification; I have been offered a job teaching in the fall.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I didn't have a laptop before the beginning of my Winter semester of Grad school and was contemplating taking out a loan to purcahse one. I emailed Cathy from Work Vessels for Vets and she was able to ship me a refurbished Lenovo before classes started, I graduated in June thanks to them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Work Vessels for Vets is the real deal! I applied for a UTV for use on my farm in western North Carolina, where the terrain is difficult for someone with my back and knee conditions. Since my first email with Cathy through the receiving of the UTV, there was a seemless flow-through of love and support felt by the organization. I would HIGHLY and WITHOUT reservation recommend this non-profit to anyone who is in need of an organization that is veteran-centric. Thank you again for the opportunity to improve my operation! I really love Work Vessels for Vets!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great non profit that truly cares for Veterans. I started Patriot Commercial Cleaning in 2011 and they donated a van and equipment to us. We now employ 54 Veterans and 24 family members of Veterans. Thanks Work Vessels for Veterans!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Work Vessles For Vets is the most amazing place and gave me a free grant to cover all of the expenses for my Pressure Washing Trailer. I was in the Marines for 8 years and got some injuries that made it hard for me to get a job so I decided to open my own Pressure Washing Business and it was hard to keep carrying around my pressure washer. So the Honorable Catherine Cook with Work Vessels for Vets gave me a grant to cover my trailer package. I sent her a quote from Michael Fields at Cougar Chemical in Memphis, TN and he gave me the most amazing discounts to ensure Work Vessels for Vets can cover the cost. The trailer came with hoses, 4000psi Honda engine, reels, the gun, nozzles, and a 200 gallon water tank. This trailer will not only help me get more business where there is no water but will also help me with my injuries and make my life a lot easier on me. Please fill out the application and if your approved they will do there best to help you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I thought that the services they provided were great. They were professional and they can help a lot of people...

Client Served

Rating: 5

They helped me get a laptop to use for college. They're very helpful and professional.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Lourence Dormaier and I am an Army Veteran and owner of Next Mission Farms in Ephrata, WA. In the spring of 2018, I applied for and received a grant from Work Vessels for Veterans to purchase 2 large refrigerators to help maintain the quality of my produce for sales at our local farmers markets. I had followed Work Vessels for Veterans for many years and have always been impressed with the outpouring of support and assistance they have given the Veteran community. I have also referred many other Veterans and Veteran groups to them for assistance. Because of their generous help, My farm is ahead of schedule to become sustainable. We are projected to exceed our 2018 revenue with more than 2 months left for our farmers market season. We could never have achieved this goal without the help of Work Vessels for Veterans! I am also excited to see that other Veteran organizations are helping/partnering with them.
The thing I love the most about Work Vessels for Veterans is the fact that they help out Veterans in any endeavor, not just school, or farming, but anything the Veteran needs help in for their success, they can apply for the grant.
Work Vessels for Veterans is doing an amazing thing for the Veteran community!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was living in a tent, so essentially homeless, but still determined to further my education with taking online courses by walking to the local library. WVFV approved me for a refurbished laptop, making it easier to complete courses in other nearby establishments when the library was not accessible. I am no longer homeless and still using this very laptop to complete assignments that i was so fortunate to receive. Thanks WVFV!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an Army Veteran. Ive been disabled since 2012. Long story short my last few years have been very challenging. I've lost two loved ones within a week of each other, my hone and more recently my car. Im finally back in school but needed a laptop to ise instead of my phone for classes. I reached out to work vessels for vets and immediately recieved a response that they were blessing me with exactly what I asked for. They are truly a blessing to me!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

They were very helpful in obtaining a laptop for me so I could take college courses. The response was quick and they did not hesitate to assist me. I am honored to have been considered and awarded such a good gesture. This is the best organization that has ever helped me.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a single mother returning back to school and Work Vessels for Vets helped me with a new laptop to help me. I love it and it have been a tremendous help. Work Vessels for Vets is really here to help veterans continue to succeed.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Omg!!! Words cannot describe the high level of help "Work Vessels For Vets" did for me. They were so responsive to all of my needs. I applied for help, and presented to them my business plan at the end of June, and by the middle of July they sent me the very expensive CNC Machine, that I couldn't afford directly the manufacturer. I couldn't believe that it only took 3 weeks. I was expecting that it would take 6 months. Catherine Cook was amazing. Always keeping in terrific communication with me, and of course the positive energy through her telephone calls or emails.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently decided to return to school and work to get my BS. I was in need of a computer and Vessel stepped up and help me get one. Thanks to Vessel I am all set for success for school! Thank you!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

To this day, our business would not have grown as exponentially as it has if it wasn't for Work Vessels for Veterans. They are one of the few non profits that holds true to their word when it comes to helping veterans. They do exactly what they say they are going to do and more.

Davina and Gulaid Ismail
DribbleBabies

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Work Vessels for Veterans came through for our business in an enormous way. They made the process of receiving a vehicle seamless in a "too good to be true" fashion. They went completely above and beyond in addition to following up with us and our progress with moving forward. Being awarded a vehicle by Work Vessels for Veterans changed the direction of our business and has brought us numerous new opportunities.

Thanks for all that you do.
Davina Ismail - DribbleBabies

Client Served

Rating: 5

Work Vessels For Vets came through with actions when a number of other groups proved to be all talk. They were critical in jumpstarting our organic farm operation after we purchased an Amish property. Not only did they help us add a heating system, which was crucial in Western New York winters particularly since my wife was pregnant with our son, but they helped provide a used tractor from an area dealer. This tractor is critical in the day to day operations on the farm and we rely on it to maintain access to plowed roads. They provided personal and efficient support and we are truly grateful. Thank you WVV!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

WVFV worked tirelessly to help us find a vehicle to use in our Driving Rehab (Adaptive Driving Services) Start up business.

They were able to collaborate with a local dealer and we were presented with a Chevy Impala, that we immediately sent to Florida to install a state of the art Digital Accelerator Ring. We also installed a left foot accelerator. We have trained well over 30 clients using that vehicle and we can't be more pleased with the efforts of this non profit!

1 Mark R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Work Vessels for Vets changed my life, inspired me to work hard and accomplish my goals. They are so amazing and the things they accomplish and give back to us Vets that are Trying to be entrepreneurs and help others, there are no words to describe my appreciation. God bless them all!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When we started our chicken egg farm, the list of equipment we needed seemed endless. I looked for programs that help equip veterans and found WVFV. They set us up with a refrigeration system and helped us get to the next level. We were able to have a few hundred dozen ready to go while we hustled for accounts. Then a few months later we hit a snag with a dishonest chicken dealer. He took a large deposit on some chicken and an egg washing machine then never delivered.nstopped answering his phone too. WVFV stepped in again with an emergency grant for some chickens to help keep us on our production timeline and able to service the accounts we worked so hard to get. Work Vessels for Veterans is a nonprofit hat has had a big impact on our new mission to feed people. I can't thank them enough.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Work Vessels for Vets Inc. recently assisted our local VFW Post to provide a car for a decorated vet who had zero assets and no means of transportation. He desperately needed a car to continue his work of providing in home care to other vets in the area.
WVforV stepped into the breech immediately and provided material help to make a solution possible.
The vet got his car, he continues his work today and the world is a better place, thanks to the help our Post received from Work Vessels for Vets.
Jack Fiedler
Veterans Service Officer
CT VFW Post 1467

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MCCD have been working with Work Vessels for Vets for several years, reviewing applications and business plans from vets. They are an exceptional organization that efficiently directs nearly 100% of funds to vets across the county, as overhead is minimal.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Work Vessels For Vets was instrumental in helping my husband getting back on his feet again.
A great non-profit that truly helps Veterans in need!

Adrienne K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Work Vessels for Vets for helping my family when no one else could!

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization! Not only did they assist me with obtain two key pieces of equipment for a start up business, they also placed me in contact with an outstanding mentor. I've since recommended Work Vessels for Vets to several friends and colleagues.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Work Vessels For Vets helped me with purchasing corral fence panels for sorting/loading my longhorn cattle. Our small farm operation, Victory Garden Homestead, was in need of these to safely handle our cattle and Work Vessels For Vets helped us greatly in our time of need!
Thanks again Work Vessels For Vets!

Jeff (Victory Garden Homestead)

Board Member

Rating: 5

Work Vessels For Vets was instrumental in helping our organization, Veterans Equine Therapeutic Services, continue to be able to provide services to veterans free of charge. They generously provided a laptop computer, printer and funding that allowed members to attend classes vital to our program. We are very appreciative of their efforts in supporting us!

Donor

Rating: 5

WVFV is a truly remarkable organization. I was at a fund raiser for WVFV with a friend and thought that an organization I was associated with could help. I brought the idea to my fellow members and they were very excited about the opportunity to work with WVFV. We have been associated with them for three years and it is amazing the opportunities they bring to Veterans. Any one who gets involved with WVFV will be very pleased.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great orginazation to work with and very supportive of our fundraiser for WVFV

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit gave me assistance when no one else was able.

In 2006 I was seriously wounded when deployed to Iraq during my 10th year as a Military Police officer. My right leg was severed above the knee and I was left with 3rd degree burns, PTSD, and a traumatic brain injury that manifested as a Parkinson’s-like movement disorder. Devastatingly, I couldn’t use my hands to feed myself or write. This caused me to spiral into depression, the likes of which I had never known. I felt less than human; not even good enough to go to the grocery store. The meanings to the words uselessness, self-hatred and even suicide were now in my vernacular.

Then my therapist suggested I try a hobby that used my fine motor skills, so I decided to try jewelry. In the beginning, things were VERY slow, repetitive and frustrating. Over time, I realized my hands were actually getting better, and one day, I became aware that my hands were almost "Normal”. This spurred me on, and I continued to learn everything I could about the technical craft of making fine jewelry, and eventually I found my niche: because I know what it’s like to not feel pretty, my mission is to help women know how beautiful they are via use of my jewelry. I started a business and began fulfilling my destiny in October of 2010.

I soon found insurmountable obstacles, the first of which was financial. My business was mainly funded by my disability income, which also was used to pay my mortgage, my car and other bills. This stretched me very thin, and some months I wasn’t able to pay everything. Especially when my business progressed to the point where I needed expensive tools, like a PUK welder. I first became aware of this technology in late 2013, when I witnessed a friend tell her customer she would fix a gemstone-laden broken ring as she was waking back to her bench, and she came out to the front 5 minutes later with a ring that looked like new. In my world of jewelry, I would have to first remove the gemstones, then make the repair, then re-set the stones - hoping I wouldn’t damage the ring in the process. When questioned, my friend informed me this was due to a process that used electricity instead of heat to join the metal. Further research revealed this piece of equipment was around $4000, much too expensive for my rigid budget. Throughout 2014, I tried on multiple occasions to contact service organizations that I thought would help. I repeatedly heard phrases like ”…that’s not within the scope of our mission..” or, ”...much too expensive for our budget…” or even, ”…how do you expect us to help other veterans if we gave you such a sizable portion?”.

Then one day I got a email from Google Alerts I had previously set up for the words "veteran's grant”, and I read about Work Vessels For Vets getting a $70,000 grant from the Newman’s Own Foundation. I immediately contacted them. Fast-forward an edited business plan and a year later, and my very heavy welder was sitting in my lap. Moved to tears, I called Cathy Cook, the Executive Director of Work Vessels For Vets and explained to her how much this gift means to me. I realized 6 months later, that my productivity improved roughly 30% and my turnover of broken gemstones decreased by around 70% year-over-year. When I say this no-profit is doing good things to help veteran’s entrepreneurial efforts, I mean it. No other organization would even consider giving me a $4000 grant, but Work Vessels For Vets was able to because 95% of all donations go directly to veteran services (which I have learned over time is extraordinary).

Tara Hutchinson

Read more of my story and see my work at www.tarahutchjewelry.com