Work Vessels for Vets Peer to Peer veteran mentorship helps share do's and don'ts for new Equine Therapy Program for vets with PTSD. Vets helping vets and paying it forward. Wonderful!
An amazing organization which has helped so many in need, that are so deserving. The world is a better place with the open hearts and minds at Work Vessels!
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.
WVFV serves those men and women who gave selflessly to keep our country safe. It provides means and opportunities for growth and support in their civilian lives.
Work Vessels for Veterans is truly an outstanding organization. They are true definition of altruistic; helped several veterans transition back into the workplace.
This grass roots non-profit has helped veterans nationwide - helping veterans return to civilian life - farmers, students, entrepreneurs, etc. Overhead is minimal so all donations truly go towards deserving veterans who have business plans and many pay it forward by hiring veterans.
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.
WVFV is an Unreal group of people that exhibit boundless energy in their efforts to support our veterans.
So very grateful to WVFV for supporting veterans to help them succeed! In 2018, they gave me a generous grant to purchase a haybine mower and hay elevator for my farm. Then this year, they gave me a grant to help purchase a freezer for my farm store. These pieces of equipment have been vital for harvesting hay and marketing on the farm. Thank you for all the help you have given me!
I’ve followed this non profit since its inception and am amazed how it has grown from its first donation of a lobster boat to a deserving veteran, to an organization that has helped provide the needed “work vessel” to help out so many veterans. It is staffed by a group of volunteers who have hearts of gold and Truly demonstrates how many good people are out there willing to help those in need.
I have been donating to WVFV for many years. One of the only nonprofits I trust to use the funds entirely for the veterans. I love everything they stand for!
WVFV is a truly one of a kind nonprofit. They go above and beyond for our very deserving veteran entrepreneurs and I’m honored to donate to this organization of volunteers every year.
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
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
Such an awesome, easy, and quick organization to work with! Especially as a start up farm! Wish we had applied earlier!!!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
I thought that the services they provided were great. They were professional and they can help a lot of people...
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!!!
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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
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
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!!
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!
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!!!
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.
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.
Veterans Service Officer
CT VFW Post 1467
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.
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!
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.
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)
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!
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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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).
Read more of my story and see my work at www.tarahutchjewelry.com
I wasn’t able to find employment in Connecticut for 3 years and always had a dream of running my own company. In June 2017, I finished my college degree and I started my company, Wright Service Group LLC, with some very basic hand tools. I immediately received calls for service and regrettably had to turn away some great opportunities due to a lack of specialty tools.
As any tradesman knows, not having the right tools for a job can cost you your business.
I wrote to http://www.workvesselsforveterans.org/ who came through in a big way and gave me a huge hand up in July 2017. They provided me with much-needed tools that surpassed the basic carpentry hand tools I had, allowing me to compete for work.
I don’t know how to thank this amazing, “small but mighty”, group of people for coming to my aid, but I will always remember their kindness. I hope in the future I will be able to step-up as Work vessels for Veteran's did, to help other disabled war veteran’s start their own companies.
When I got out of the Army in 2015, I had no plan at all to what I was going to do. So about 9 months later I decided to go back to school. My plan was to go to school and get my Carpentry Diploma and start working from home, but I had no idea of how I would buy the tools I needed to start this idea. I heard about Work Vessels for Vets by word of mouth. I decided to give them a try and see what happens. About a month later I had all kinds of tools (NEW Still in the box) in my hands ready to go to work. The work I do from my home I have not made anything for money yet, the work I do, I do to help manage PTSD I have.
When I started school I needed a computer and I did not have any money for that. Again I contacted Work Vessels for Vets and they sent me a refurbished computer to do my school work on, it took about 2 weeks.
Thank You WVFV, none of this would have been possible if it wasn't for yall.
God Bless the men and women who work at WVFV that wants to take the time out of every day to take care of us Vets.
Work Vessels for Vets has been great. I first heard of them when my friend was starting a charity to take disabled veterans fishing. We received a BOAT that we refurbished and outfitted to be handicap accessible. That was amazing, then they reached out to me persoanally to help me with my video production business. They purchased me some gear I needed. They have even offered to assist me further as my business grows. Great program, worthy of your support!
This organization helped with materials for my degree in marine biology I am a Purple Heart oif veteran and This is truly a organization that really helps veterans
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!