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Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Volunteers for Veterans Foundation provides emergency financial assistance to veterans and active military personal. We help with rent, utilities, food and gas. We help provide this assistance to those who are in transition to civilian life and awaiting VA benefits. Volunteers for Veterans Foundation provides support to the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System, thought the Voluntary Service Dept. All funds donated are used to help our Veterans and active Military in some way. The government is providing first-class medical care for our wounded soldiers, but it will never be able to provide all of what they deserve and so many services desperately needed by their families. The Volunteers for Veterans Foundation is ran by all volunteers. The Veterans Car Show is produced by the Volunteers for Veterans Foundation, and is our largest fund raiser .

Results: 2017has been a busy year for our Foundation. We were able to support approximate 250 individual Veterans with emergency assistance for a total of around $70,000. VFVF was also able to provide support for 100 Veterans moving into the HUD Vach housing program.  This program provides rental assistance for homeless Veterans.  VFVF provided these families with Welcome Home Boxes to give them a hand in setting up their new home. Thank you, Fontana Foundation of Hope for helping to sponsor this program. This is just a small example of some of the things that we were able to do this year. We would like to acknowledge two of our larger supporters for their help in making our programs possible: Charity Auto Donations and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. We would also like to thank everyone that helps to make it possible for our Foundation to continue supporting our Veterans.

Target demographics: help Veterans and Active Military

Direct beneficiaries per year: last year we spent over $80,000 to help veterans and active military with every day needs

Geographic areas served: San Berandino County, Riverside County, Los Angeles County, San Diego County

Programs: donated over $300,000 to the Loma Linda VA to programs that benefit our military in some way

Community Stories

104 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

By way of disclosure, let me say that I know Volks who founded this organization.
If you allow for that, let me say that any non-profit that helps so many, pays no salaries and is all-volunteer is deserving of all the help we can give them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been part of this event for 23 years, and part of the Board sence its beginning. I have wonderful time giving back to men and women who have fought for our freedom. Our Foundation has a great committee and is always looking into making sure that those who serve our country will be taken care of. It’s an honor to be one of many that support this foundation. I only ask that if you love your Freedom thank a Vet. our story here and help others understand this charity

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Board Member

Rating: 5

the Veterans Car Show which is held the first Sunday of every October. We have raised and distributed over $2 million dollars. There are no salary employees of the foundation or car show. We are committed to the welfare of our military family, knowing that for every serviceperson deployed in a combat zone a family is waiting and supporting them from home. We are committed to stand the gap when military pay and benefits are disrupted for any reason, so that family can continue to be a source of support until the income resumes. We are dedicated to the inpatient and outpatient care of our past, present and future servicepersons who will receive treatment at the Loma Linda VA facility. Their care and needs are primary to the Foundation and we continue to help improve and support services such as chemo facility expansion, transportation and basic patient services.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This Foundation is a group of people that have helped 100's if not thousands of Veterans and active Military. They help with life saving utilities, Transportation , Food, Wheelchairs, have put new televisions in the hospital rooms with satellite so the Veterans can watch sports, movies, ect. You cannot ask for a better caring group than these Volunteers.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

have been working with VOLUNTEERS FOR VETERANS FOUNDATION
for the last few year and know that it is one of the foundaiton that All the money donated goes to help our veterans and Active Military. no one is a paid that is a voluntee for this foundation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

how can one put a price on a life , its called our VETERANS past as well as present! we don't know then nor do they know us but they put there life up to protect us and others .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this foundation for a few years now and have seen how these funds have helped our men and women of the arm services that have and are still doing to protect us. If it was not for them we would not have such a great country, I feel honored to be part of this committee to show we care and love the freedom for which they have sacrifice so much. I have put in many hours to help raise funds so that this foundation may be able to do the wounderful things it has been able to do. I wish our vets didn't need a foundation like this , but yet I am grateful this foundation is there for them , my dad is a vet and this foundation has also saved my life since i'm disabled and retired,it has given me something to strive for in giving something back to those who put their life in harm's way to protect me, yet they don't even know me but still are willing to do so.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this organization for two (2) years thanks to a close friend that was, and still is, very dedicated to it. At the beginning I knew some of what this organization's work was, but soon learned that what they provided to the veterans was far beyond what you could imagine be accomplished by a small group of individuals. This is a group of extraordinary people who have accomplished so much over the years to help the veterans who pass through the doors of the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Hospital. Funds generated by this group have provided items large and small for the veterans' needs at the hospital - from replacement television remotes, telephones, wheelchairs and a transporter unit to funding/support of programs which would have been cut/eliminated due to government cutbacks and helping with housing issues encountered by our veterans. The organization's slogan " If you love your freedom, thank a vet" is very true - but it is also true that actions speak louder than words and that is what this group of people is about. They don't just talk about helping, they get out there and do something to ensure our veterans receive the proper care they are entitled to for having served this country.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Car show through the Pismo Beach car show. THis is the best volunteer group I havew ever had the privlede of helping. Everyone is there to help and we all want to see the best for the Veterans. I would and will do anything I can for the great group.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

I have watched the Veterans Car Show grow from an idea to what it is today. I have been fortunate to be a part of the car show from the start. Our group is now the Volunteers for Veterans Foundation,an outstanding non-profit organization. The car show is our largest fund raise. We help provide this assistance to those who are in transition to civilian life and awaiting VA benefits. The Volunteers for Veterans Foundation provides support to the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System, thought the Voluntary Service Dept. All funds donated are used to help our Veterans and active Military in some way. The government is providing first-class medical care for our wounded soldiers, but it will never be able to provide all of what they deserve and so many services desperately needed by their families. The Volunteers for Veterans Foundation is ran by all volunteers. We could not do all that we do without the help of everyone that supports our foundation, and we want to say thank you. Larry Volk

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been my priveledge to be a part of the Volunteers For Veterans Foundation for several years now. The amount of hours that Larry and Betty and the group put in is staggering, but the rewards are great. Its a wonderful feeling to know that all of our efforts go towards helping our Vets with the needs that they have.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Volunteers for Veterans Foundation was formalized just last year, however, their work has been going on for the past 20 plus years. The support shown to our Veterans through this Foundation is beneficial to long time Vets and to those returning from recent conflicts. I am proud to be affiliated with this group as a volunteer. The Committee members and volunteers work hard at raising funds toward providing services for Vets in need and their families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This has been a very rewarding experience for my brother, myself and now our children. We have learned the importance of acceptance and gratification of helping others, especially those that have served to protect our country. We both have worked with our parents on the Veterans Car Show, and now enjoy taking our children to the show. I have so much respect for the Volunteers for Veterans Foundation. I know that this foundation works all year long to raise money to help the Loma Linda VA Center and our Veterans. Both our parents have worked for over 15 years to help our veterans. Thanks for all you do, we love you Amber volk Ornelas

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have so much respect for the Volunteers for Veterans Foundation. There aren't a lot of organizations where the mission is the most important thing. These people only think of the veterans and how they can help them. Putting on the car shows year after year is not an easy job. They are not only running the program to assist Veterans, they are also raising the money themselves. It can be not only physically tough but also mentally exhausting, and yet year after year they continue to do it. Our Veterans are lucky to have a group like this looking out for them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This has been a very rewarding experience for both myself and my 9 year old daughter. She is learning the importance of acceptance and gratification of helping others, especially those that have served to protect our country. We look forward to it every year, she even enjoys being there at 5:30 in the morning.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We so appreciate this organization and their support to the veterans we serve. What a wonderful friend group leaders Larry and Betty have been. Thanks for all you have done for veterans.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have worked with this great group for about 15 year on the car show committee and now on the board. The Volunteers for Veterans Foundation works all year to raise founds to help our vets and active military. Our Committee spends every weekend going out to car shows selling tickets for the give-away-car all year long. We have raised over $1,200,000.00 for our Vets at Loma Linda V.A. hospital in the last 19 years. This years car show is October 3, 2010. It had been a privilege to be a part of this group our motto says it all IF YOU LOVE YOUR FREEDOM THANK A VET

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This is one group that Really cares about our Veterans and their needs. By working with the Jerry L.Pettis Veterans Hospital, many Veterans have received the comfort they need for their stay in the Hospital, at home, or help returning to civilian life. The funds raised by the Car Show, Give-A-Way Car and other things being done has help provide the items needed. I am very proud to be a part of this group.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FOR THE LAST 19 YEARS MY HUSBAND AND MYSELF HAVE BEEN HONORED TO BE PART OF THE "VETERAN'S CAR SHOW COMMITTEE". THIS GROUP OF DEDICATED PEOPLE WORK ALL YEAR TO PUT ON A ONE DAY CAR SHOW THAT HAS RAISED MONEY TO SUPPORT OUR VETS. EVERY PENNY RAISED IS DONATED TO OUR VETS. THE VETERAN'S HOSPITAL IN OUR COMMUNITY CONSULT WITH OUR BOARD TO MAKE US AWARE OF THE NEEDS OF THE VETERAN'S AND WE OFFER ASISTANCE WITH THE MONEY WE RAISE. SOME OF THE THINGS WE HAVE DONATED TO THRE VETERAN'S ARE TELEPHONES IN THE ROOMS AT THE HOSPITAL,A NEW ABULANCE THAT CAN TRANSPORT THE VETERANS WHEN THEY NEED TO TRAVEL TO OTHER FACILITIES FOR CARE, ASSISTANCE TO VETERANS JUST RETURNING FROM ACTIVE DUTY AND ARE UNABLE TO PAY RENT OR UTILITY BILLS AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON. OUR MEN AND WOMAN IN UNIFORM NEED OUR HELP. OUR GOAL IS TO LET THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES KNOW THEY ARE APPRECIATED FOR ALL THEY DO AND SACRIFICE. "IF YOU LOVE YOUR FREEDOM,THANK A VET"

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am on a Committee that has raised over $1,200,000.00 for our Vets in Loma Linda V.A. hospital in the last 19 years. It started with one man's dream on helping our Veterans in the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial Veterans Hospital in Loma Linda and has grown the this: This year October 3, 2010 will be our 20th year. I was thinking if you could take a look at some of our info on the Internet and if you like what you see, how a one day Car Show can raise $ 300,000.00. And have a great time doing it. October 2009 LOMA LINDA, Calif. - - The Annual Veterans’ Car Show will celebrate its 19th year on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Jerry L. Pettis Memorial VA Medical Center in Loma Linda. All proceeds from the show will benefit patient care programs at the VA medical center. Over 1200 custom vehicles are expected in the parking lots of the medical center located at 11201 Benton St. The Veterans’ Car Show also features auto-related vendors and displays, drawings, bingo, pancake breakfast, music, refreshments and veteran benefit information that will make the day a fun filled event for the entire family. The winner of a 1967 Camaro Convertible will be drawn on show day. Spectator admission is free. Originally conceived by deceased Vietnam Veteran Mike Wilburn, the Veterans’ Car Show has become the largest single fundraising event at the medical center. This is my Experienc,Our Committee spends every weekend going out to Car shows and selling Tickets to the Give away Car all year long. We are not just talking a few people we are talking a committee of 25 that takes turns on each and every weekend that our Give Away car goes out. We are committed to making this October 3dr 2010 Show the best. It a great feeling to know you are doing something good for someone who fought for our Freedom. Both of my Young Adult sons volunteer with me as much as they can. My wife is right next to me each and every time.