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Work Vessels For Vets Inc

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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

Rebecca124

Volunteer

Rating: 5

WVFV is hardworking and dedicated group who helps our Vets get the tools and training they need for a career. The work they do is inspirational and so important!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Dave Beardi and I was medically retired from the Army in 2008 after being significantly injured in Operation Iraqi Freedom. After an extensive rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center I found great solace and a purpose in a new passion, farming, raising grass fed beef and pastured pork. I first spoke with John and Mike at WWFV who were kind, compassionate and interested in how they could help. Our family has been borrowing equipment from friends and neighbors which could sometimes be difficult. WWFV helped us purchase a used hay rake with will be utilized for years in making hay for our livestock. The team at WWFV could not have been more personal and professional and most importantly following through on their promise in continuing to help veterans! Thank you!

Maureen42

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've helped with WVFV in the past and it amazed me what they have done to help these returning vets get a start with their lives. Being married to a Viet Nam Vet and knowing what they had to endure upon their return, WVFV is truly a breath of fresh air for these vets.

1 David265

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to WVFV while in the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities and when I learned about this organization, I wanted to be apart of it. Initially, I came into the program for needs with my own business, and now, I am here to pay it forward in helping other Veterans in the same situation I once was in. WVFV is a great organization and I am proud to be apart of it.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I witnessed Work Vessels for Vets originally beginning by donating a work vessel, or in this case a work boat, for a returning vet so that he may begin a lobster business. This was a moving, inspirational event to see a young, hard working veteran be given an opportunity and direction to transition from military life to civilian working life. Since this humble beginning, the term "vessel" has evolved to include so much more than the literal meaning of "vessel". I have seen the organization assist with anything from specialized vehicles, to computers, work with land owners to help establish working farms and so much more. This organization strives to meet the needs of a wide array of veterans to make their civilian transition easier. Our vets have chosen to serve our country, and when they return, they sometimes need help so that they can continue to be the self-reliant, hardworking men and women that they always have been. A great, honorable organization!

Paul150

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Being the Godson of a Combat Disabled Veteran, my passion for helping those who have served and sacrificed had been instilled at a very young age. The most amazing attribute of this organization is the sense of empowerment it gives real American heroes who are often altogether forgotten when the battled moves on or the war is over. As an employer why wouldn't you hire a veteran and this worthy organization provides the tools needed to get these people back to work. I applaud the work of WVFV and I hope you'll consider helping a vet today!

Monica67

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to WVFV several years ago and watched it grow from a few volunteers and friends providing what little they could do to make a difference. They have grown into an entire world of loving, caring, generous, family, friends, celebrities, veterans, and supportive communities throughout the country that have gone above and beyond to make a positive impact on the lives of those we wish to honor for their service to our country. I am honored to know these people and what they represent. In a media controlled world where sports players are held in higher regard than colonels and dramatic common street thugs are getting paid astronomical amounts of money promoting morally questionable lifestyles, it's a breath of fresh air to know that good people are placing the spotlight and efforts towards those that deserve to be honored. I support WVFV any way I can, any chance I get, and hope that many more people become more involved. Thank you WVFV for all that you do to honor those who've sacrificed so much for our country and for letting people like me be a part of something so great.

Vlad S.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been amazingly happy to provide laptops to such a great organization such as Work Vessels for Veterans. their work is incredibly important and the difference they are making in veterans lives can not be overstated. great Job!!

Hollie L.

Donor

Rating: 5

Words cannot express this wonderful organization ...at a time when our Military is being trampled on it is heartwarming and necessary to have WVFV support our returning Vets....God Bless

Brian114

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Work Vessels For Vets is an amazing non profit that we have had the great pleasure of working with over the years. They are highly committed to Vets helping them after serving our country. We were honored to work w Dave Mason on their theme song "Thank You". WVFV ROCKS!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Wounded Warriors and Veterans for many years and this organization is in my top three. They put all the donations plus more of their own into direct care. Their team provides the support both emotionally and financially at ever possible request to get a Sailor, Soldier, or Marine back on their feet and beleiving in themselves. They are currently providing a possible Tractor and some land and mostly saving the life with their offer of support of an amazing Sailor I am working with so he can support his family on the farm he inherited. This is just one of the many things this amazing team provides. It doesn't get better.

Maureen41

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following WVFV for a few years now. The time, effort and assistance they are providing for our Vets is truly a great endeavor for everyone. Thank you to the wonderful people that continue to make this a great organization and thank you to all veterans for their service.

Board Member

Rating: 5

When I first heard the idea or Work Vessels For Vets 7 years ago, I never thought it would become what it is today. During that time, I have seen the results of the efforts of the WVFV team and it just re enforces my desire and determination to help as many of our military men and women as we possibly can. Getting laptops into the hands of a soldier returning to further his /her education is critical in their success. The gratitude the show and the excitement the feel when they receive the laptop makes doing this all worth while. Thank You to the WVFV team and as always a big THANK YOU to our military.

Natalie49

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was honored to work with WVFV. They are making a difference in the lives of so many individuals. A lot of organizations strive to create massive change and benefit so many that they end up benefiting none. As I volunteered with Work Vessels I saw first hand the huge impact they had on so many individual lives. It was inspiring to watch and I think without trying their impact becomes massive as the people they help and empower go on to become leaders in their own communities. They are doing terrific work!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Kyle Cooper and I am medically retired from the USMC after receiving wounds from a roadside bomb in 2006. My experience with Work Vessels For Vets had been nothing less than amazing. They were able to raise money to help me get my ranch up and running. I am still in the process of building and running an equestrian riding club. Their support helped me complete the basic groundwork and paneling for the arena. I would not have been able to get started without their help. I am very thankful an organization as great as WVFV exists.

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been a donor to Work Vessels for the past 5 years. The group of volunteers is amazing and inspired us to get involved. We have created an annual event, Operation Lobster Dinner(now going on it's sixth year). The dinner provides a free lobster dinner to active, retired veterans and their families free of charge. All additional proceeds are given to work vessels. During the planning stages of this event, Work Vessel volunteers assist in the organizing and planning in every detail. The passion they have for what they do is present in every moment you share with them. It is truly a great feeling when you read the success stories in various media outlets of the successful donations they have made, and the lives they have touched.

Dan_56

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When one of our permanently disabled combat veterans asked me if I could help him obtain funds to purchase specialized ski equipment I reached out to our network of support liaisons - Within a few days Working Vessels of Vets provided our veteran with Skis, Boots, Poles, and also covered half of his lodging costs at the Empire State Games where our veteran went on to win a Gold Medal. Later he competed in another event and took home a Bronze Medal.

Were it not for the quick reaction of those at WVV, this would not have been possible. We are extremely grateful for the aid, assistance and support of WVV.

Respectfully Submitted,

Daniel R. Gaita, Founder - Operation Vet Fit

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 3

My name is MSG Baisden and I am a disabled veteran that attended and graduated from the Entrepreneur Boot Camp for Disabled Veterans looking to start their own business. Upon completion of this program and my return to home I did an inventory of the items I will need to get started and emailed them to Mr. Mike Zacchea with the UCONN EBV for help and he placed me in contact with Tony at this organization at this time I am waiting to see if they will be able to get all the items on my requested list to help Baisden's Healthzone LLC be successful.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the most extraordinary organization I have ever known! Really! Five volunteers formed a charity that helps returning combat veterans get the equipment (hence, "Vessels") they need to start their own businesses. Since 2008, these volunteers (there are NO paid personnel) have assisted 700 injured vets from across the country by being the nonprofit conduit where a corporation or individual can donate items such as computers, trucks, tools, tractors and farm implements, vans, cars and laptops for business school. They purchased 15 acres of farmland where 24 vets with PTSD and physical injuries rehab while growing tons of food (literally) for soup kitchens. They started with a lobster boat donated to an injured Marine who is now a fisherman in Narragansett Bay, RI. WOW! GO see their success stories at www.workvesselsforvets.org