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Work Vessels For Vets Inc

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Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations

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 1400 veterans in 48 states have received "vessels" for self employment valued at over $1.4 million! WVFV is the conduit nonprofit through which a corporation or individual may donate equipment to qualified veteran-entrepreneurs.

Target demographics: returning veteran entrepreneurs

Direct beneficiaries per year: In the last 12 months, WVFV has given away 7 tractors, 4 adaptive farming ATVs, over $30,000 in value of new tool sets, including aviation mechanics tools, 2 greenhouses, thousands of dollars worth of farm equipment, a car for a driving school for paralyzed drivers, a 24 foot moving van, a refrigerator truck to haul organic farm products to market, a river raft to take vets with PTSD out flyfishing, and so much more.

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

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Tim_89

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

phenomenal. They help veterans in need of laptops.

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

Great organization that gives all their donations to the veterans. There organization is 100% volunteer. They do make a difference.

Donor

Rating: 5

It's great true non-profit, helping our veterans in many different ways and saving lives. I am proud to be a part and supporter of this organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Been a supporter of this charity for years and continue to see it change veterans lives because of the heartfelt work behind it. I will continue to support and watch this amazing charity grow, simply by kind people helping others.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

WVFV is simply the greatest Veteran nonprofit there is. No other organization has the heart and determination to help our Veterans succeed. Thank you for all that you do!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the most wonderful organization. They have almost no overhead which is not how most non-profits operate these days. You actually know your donations are going to help veterans and not going to anything else. Their heart, mission and funds are all in the same place. They're also able to make a difference through so many different ways- laptops to tractors to boats to cars. They all go to veterans who really need them.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization is so inspiring and has so many wonderful success stories about how WVFV has been able to help veterans with their businesses. The fact that they do it with hardly any overhead or payroll costs is truly amazing and sets them apart from other charities.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I donated my used car to WVFV and they made the process very easy and gratifying. WVFV has the most appreciative staff, and they are fantastic about communicating how your donations will directly help out our veterans.

D Tod J.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have worked with WFV for 4 years donating and making items for the silent auction , as a Vet myself I feel very strongly about helping those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This is a very worthy cause and should be supported.
David Tod Johnstone SSG6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Work Vessels for Veterans changed my life. When in need of help after being injured in a mortar attack in Iraq no one was there to help me. I reach out to several other non profits including the wounded warrior program and all had one reason or another that they couldn't help. WVFV found me and to my surprise flew down to FL from Connecticut without blinking an eye. I was taken back at their kindness and generosity of time spent on me. The time they spent on me was well worth it. I later went on from pulling myself out of a hole to running one of the most successful agro-business programs in the country. I was later awarded several awards for my community work including the second highest award in the country the 2013 Presidential Citizens medal, the Florida "citizens service before self" by the congressional medal of honor, "Good Person of the Year" award and several more. WVFV mission is clear and effective and has since help thousands of veterans like myself with getting their lives back on track.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was preparing to move my family to begin medical school, but my vehicle was having numerous mechanical issues. Because my husband and I are students, we were not financially able to replace my car. I contacted Work Vessels for Vets with a different request. I didn't need a new vehicle, and because it is large I didn't want to ask for a replacement. I did, however, ask for funding for my repairs. Work Vessels for Vets ensured that my family was able to move several states in order for me to continue my goal of medicine. Their support is invaluable.

Andy49

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found out about Work Vessels for Vets while searching the internet. I was looking for organizations that helped veterans in farming. I am a combat veteran who sustained injuries to my back and legs. I needed help getting around on my farm.

Once I contacted Work Vessels for Veterans, an amazing thing happened-they contacted me back and treated me with dignity. I couldn't believe it. Most organizations treat you as a number. Not the case with WVV.

I put in an application with Work Vessels, and they contacted me again. I was really amazed, the organization is on the East Coast, and I am in the Midwest, and they cared for me! I have never really won or received anything, and Work Vessels was dedicated to helping me.

About 4 months ago WVV told me to go to my local Kawasaki dealer and pick up a brand new Kawasaki Mule 610 4x4. I am still in awe. Its been life changing for me to have this mobility around the farm. Thank you so much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Work Vessels For Vets saved me in the middle of an academic crisis. WVFV provided me with a much needed laptop for me to continue my studies. I'm currently enrolled in a graduate program focusing on veteran mental health. I contacted WVFV shortly after my laptop broke. Within a couple weeks I was provided with a great laptop - the one I still use and am using to write these statements. What I really enjoyed was how thoughtful and kind everyone was from WVFV. They didn't require a lot of process - it was very direct and effective. Thank you to the crew and supporters at WVFV. It's folks like you that help vets like me feel supported, validated and invested in. I look forward to continuing my relationship with WVFV.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This company has gone above and beyond anything I could ask for! They have a huge heart and truly do care about the quality of life veterans have when they get back from combat. I have been very impressed with Cathy and all her staff that are involved in the organization. Most of these folks are an encyclopedia of knowledge and from my experience can help you with any sort of business needs you could possibly imagine! My family and I are very blessed to have Work Vessels in our corner moving forward in our business endeavors!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Work Vessels for vets supports our veterans to agriculture program consistently, In doing so they supported th training of over 200 Veterans in Bee Keeping and specialty crop Vegetable production. In addition they helped to build a memorial training apiary for one of our veterans that battled cancer for so long. Work Vessels for Vets you have touched the hearts and lives of so many through your program and helped Create a training program that honors our veterans and keeps the training going. Thank You

Mickey7

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Mickey Clayton, and I'm a veteran that WVFV assisted. I'm a disabled OIF/OEF veteran, with extensive physical disabilities from service connected injuries in Iraq. I came home and started a small ranch in Oregon, and Work Vessels for Veterans came through with a much needed grant to purchase an ATV for me. With the ATV, I'm now able to check fence lines, do repairs, bring in injured or sick calves and sheep, haul hay out to my farthest pastures, bring in water trailers during summer months, and accomplish much work that previously I was forced to rely on the kindness of friends for. This organization is highly professional, deeply supportive, and personally invested in every single veteran that they help. Furthermore, they encourage vets to help not only themselves, but to succeed and grow until they can help other veterans in their own turn. This fosters a sense of community that goes beyond our military background, and invests into the wider society that we are all reintegrating to. Please know that donations to this organization go to real live people, and to veterans who actually NEED the assistance, and use it to better both themselves and their greater communities. To see more about my ranch, and know the sort of people that WVFV help out, please feel free to look up Dot Ranch on facebook or the web.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Viet Nam era veteran. I was laid off (RIF) and eligible for VA rehabilitation. I needed to upgrade my computer to comply with on line testing. I was supplied a with a lap top and graduated 19 May 2016 with GPA 3.9. Due to limited finances, I couldn't afford a new computer. I received a free computer and completed the HVAC course. I am very grateful for WVFV for making life better. Thanks again.

1 Matthew65

Client Served

Rating: 5

WVFV supplied me a tractor to help me go through a fellowship with Veterans Farm and FarmVetCo. Because of the tractor I was able to start farming a 10 acre plot in Newberry, FL., even with great physical limitations due to combat injuries. You changed my life, now I pay it forward through 10 CAN, Inc.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a wounded OEF vet helping other vets recover thought he sport of fly fishing. Work Vessels for Vets purchased me a drift boat so I can take other vets out on the water and introduce them to the sport. The money we saved on the boat will go directly toward putting more vets on the water. I see a lot of fly by night organizations claiming to help vets and I can tell you with certainty that WVFV are the real deal! Thanks You!!
Dan L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Viet Nam era veteran, do volunteer for this organization. This is the real deal, supplying capital equipment (like tools, tractors, vehicles, farming equipment) gratis to veterans starting a business. No baloney, we just ask that you pay it forward.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Viet Nam Era veteran and volunteer for Work Vessels. I am tied into the mission of WVFV and other veteran support programs. Work Vessels provides capital equipment to veteran owned businesses, free with no strings. How is that for business start up support? Some of you may remember, when we came home in the late 1960's it was not cool to be a veteran and many of us had to take the hard way back into civilian life.

WVFV is totally non-profit. Our executive director is funded by a governmental grant, the rest of us are volunteers - 100% of donations are used in the program service.

This organization is the best!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the best group of folks! They just make it happen. No red tape. No fuss. They just want to help vets get started in business. That's the America these guys and gals fought for!

1 Stephen51

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Navy veteran who started my own business in the summer of 2015. I saw a segment on the CPTV channel, where Work Vessels for Veterans (WVFV) was discussing their program and how the organization helps veterans not only recently returning veterans, but all veterans in their business by providing vehicles, equipment and other financial support to help the veteran succeed. I've been out of the military for 15 years, but I figured it was worth the try. I contacted Cathy at WVFV and submitted my business plan and some other information and explained to her that I would greatly appreciate any support the organization could provide. To my surprise Cathy responded and within a few weeks WVFV had invited me to a charity event in New London, CT to receive a grant to use in my business toward the purchase of equipment, desperately needed. I was very happy to hear they had reviewed my submission and I am extremely grateful for the grant. I think this organization is very professional, timely and efficient. I graciously accepted the grant and promised to hire veterans when my business expands. I have also made a personal goal to pay forward the grant by supporting this organization in the future with my own donation. I want to thank Cathy and her team for the quick response and the generous grant. I would encourage other veterans to reach out to this organization for support it is a great opportunity to get their own small business off the ground and to meet some incredible people in the process.

Stephen Harrington
CT Palm Co.
Middlebury, CT