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Causes: Philanthropy

Mission: The mission of Hope For The Warriors® (www.hopeforthewarriors.org) is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.

Results: Founded in 2006, Hope For The Warriors® is a national nonprofit dedicated to restoring a sense of self, family and hope for post 9/11 veterans, service members and military families. Since its inception, Hope For The Warriors has served more than 13,000 through a variety of support programs focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement and connections to community resources. The nonprofit’s first program, A Warrior’s Wish, has granted 165 wishes to fulfill a desire for a better quality of life or support a quest for gratifying endeavors. In addition, Run For The Warriors has captured the hearts of more than 22,000 participants since 2010. For more information, visit www.hopeforthewarriors.org.

Target demographics: Combat wounded service members and veterans, their families and families of the fallen.

Direct beneficiaries per year: The number of families has grown each year. In 2012, we will assist more than 4,500 military families through meaningful and significant programs.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: Employment & Education, Clinical Support Services, Sports & Recreation, and Community & Military Relations.

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had an opportunity to volunteer with Hope For The Warriors this year at their Above & Beyond program. They are a fantastic group to work with and are very passionate about supporting veterans. As a veteran myself (USAF 99-03), I know that they provide excellent services and programs that are greatly appreciated by those who participate. If you are able to support this organization as a volunteer or by donating, I highly recommend it!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with Hope for the Warriors and it is a truly wonderful organization with great staff and clients. I have been able to interact with many of their clients and the experience has been very meaningful. The range of services they offer clients is remarkable and can be a lifesaver for many people. I am always telling contacts I have in the local military and VA community here about it so they can direct potential clients there. The staff that I've interacted with are very nice and truly care about the veterans they serve - I've worked with/met Connie Morinello, Nicole Papadopoulos and Tina Atherall and they are all great! I recommend them highly!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I decided to volunteer to raise money for this notable cause and represent them in the 2012 NYC ING Marathon. As soon as I received my first email from our race sponsor (Sarah Wilkens), everything has been running smoothly. The charity website is simple and easy to navigate. The ability to send bulk emails with their templates for donation requests is great and the tracking metrics are even better. Sarah has been a great sponsor answering all of my questions and keeping all the volunteers informed and motivated. I hope to meet some of them at one of the training sessions or races before the marathon.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last year I was introducted to Hope for the Warriors . It was their mission mission statement and the support they provide our military families that I decided to volunteer. I enjoy volunteering with the group whether it is processing registration forms, introducting key members to my firm's Veterans group or participating in a run/walk. There is no doubt that Hope for the Warriors will continue to gain recognition and maturity. I look forward to working with the group in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2011 I have had the opportunity to volunteer at several events where Hope for the Warriors sponsored warrior participation. It was a wonderful experience for me and I plan to continue as a volunteer as needed. Warrior lives are being enriched by this organization. They are finding ways to fill the gaps that might be otherwise overlooked by other government agencies and/or non-profit agencies.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the past three years I have had the pleasure of being able to be a volunteer for Hope for the Warriors. I have been witness to an organization that truly cares for the people it serves and does the most it can with the resources available to it. I have seen the staff go above and beyond what is expected of them on several occaisions. Including one time when after working twelve hours on a fundraising event and after everyone had gone home they drove a service member an hour out of their way just so he didn't have to sit alone waiting for a cab. You don't find that kind of dedication everyday and I think it is indicative of the values to which this organization aspires. Hope for the Warriors is everything you wish a charity to be. Which is why I continue to volunteer and support them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the last 3 years, I've had the pleasure of running for Hope for the Warriors in the ING NYC Marathon. This will be my second year volunteering for the Big Apple Run for the Warriors, taking place in New York City. What a wonderful organization for such a worthy cause. The people are a delight--some of the nicest I have ever met. I feel honored to be a part of this organization and look forward to taking part in many more events to come!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for the first time for Hope for the Warriors at the Long Island 5K/10K Run. It was a great experience - all of the employees I met were very kind and focused on ensuring the event went off without a hitch (which it did). It was busy, and they were able to direct me to where they needed the most help. I was able to meet with some of the veterans that they are helping, which was great. Overall, I would highly recommend this charity to all: service members, volunteers and donors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope for the Warriors is a unique organization whose commitment to meeting the needs of wounded service members, their families and families of the fallen is largely unparalleled. As a volunteer at dozens of events and a participant in a number of their programs, I have been able to witness the dedication and sincerity of the Hope for the Warriors staff. The success of its programs, its low administrative costs, and the number of repeat - volunteers, sponsors, and benefactors evinces an organization that has garnered the support of the general public by fulfilling its mission on a daily basis. I would not hesitate to donate my time or my money to Hope for the Warriors in the future – this is clearly a special organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for a few initiatives that Hope for the Warriors has spearheaded to bring assistance to severly injured service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. One specific initiative involved a quadruple amputee from Staten Island, Brendan Morocco. Hope for the Warriors teamed up with the Stephen Siller Foundation, the FDNY and a few other organizations to furnish a home for this dedicated hero. Hope for the Warriors worked tirelessly to leverage relationships that yielded donations of products and services to provide Brendan with an adapted environment that could aid in his recovery. H4W's efforts were truly incredible and executed with tremendous professionalism.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope For The Warriors was founded by fellow Marine wives that I knew personally. With this connection, I decided to support the organization by running the Marine Corps Marathon in 2008 as a member of Team Hope For The Warriors, raising funds to support the cause. As I finished the marathon that day, I celebrated alongside a young Marine who completed the race on a handcycle less than one year after the day he lost both legs to a roadside bomb. His courage and attitude made a huge impact on me and I committed myself to helping others through this organization. I ran on the MCM team twice more, volunteered with the group for another year and eventually became a Public Relations advisor for H4W. In all of that time and through all of those roles, H4W maintained an exemplary level of caring and commitment to America's wounded heroes that I continue to support to this day. Hope For The Warriors offers a wide range of programs designed to support these heroes from the first minute of their injury, through rehab and finally to hope beyond recovery. It's a mission that I'm proud to support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped to create a sponsorship between the American Society of Anesthesiologists and H4W for a 5K charity fun run in San Diego (2010) and Chicago (2011). I was on the H4W Gala Committee for 2011. H4W inspires me to do more. The organization has an incredible dedicated staff. I feel blessed to be involved in their activities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of volunteering with Hope For The Warriors® for the past few months, and I cannot think of a more worthwhile cause or an organization more worthy of my time. Through nine different programs, Hope For The Warriors® provides assistance to combat-wounded service members, their families, and the families of the fallen.

While some nonprofit organizations use a good portion of their donated funds to pay for administrative expenses and hire professional fundraising companies, Hope For The Warriors® does not. The Hope For The Warriors® staff members work tirelessly throughout the week managing their programs and planning events to support their mission. Furthermore, these same staff members often spend several weekends each month working the events. It is this level of dedication and commitment that allows Hope For The Warriors® to maintain very low administrative and fundraising costs, which means more donated funds go toward their mission.

This review is intended to be counted for the Military Families campaign. The 'specific campaign' drop down box was non-functional at the time this review was submitted.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hope for the Warriors is an outstanding organization whose employees and volunteers truly believe in 'no need unmet'. They are dedicated and professional - and give unselfishly much of their own time and energy for the betterment of the organization. They are passionate about helping service members and their families, and are having an amazing impact!
A fantastic organization - whose impact is far reaching and continues to grow and expand to accommodate those in need throughout the our great country.

Joshua W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege and opportunity to serve as a volunteer for Hope for the Warriors several times and cannot begin to say how great this organization is. As a spouse of an employee for H4W’s, daily I get to hear about and see the amazing impact that this organization is having on the lives of our nation’s service members and their families. The employees are passionate about serving those that have served and gave so much. They look for every opportunity possible to give back and it is evident in the story of every service member that has worked with Hope for the Warriors. They truly embody and live by their motto, “No sacrifice unforgotten, nor need unmet.” I encourage every person that is looking to give in time or resources to consider this organization. This organization is one of the best and they make an incredible difference in the lives of so many each and every day.

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Tom_23

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am running the NYC Marathon next week and have raised over $3,000 for Hope for the Warriors. The team leaders have been helpful and the charity seems well organized and involved in the process. I am proud to be supporting this charity. I have met one of the team leaders while out on a run and she seemed genuinely excited about her involvement with the charity.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2008 my step-son enlisted into the United States Marine Corps. I can’t tell you how much this action affects one’s outlook on life, even as a family member. Suddenly every service member you see becomes part of your family and jump at the chance to help. Hope For The Warriors has become the agency through which I give my time and energy on behalf of my son, his comrades, and other families.

My first interaction with the organization was at the ASA Run For The Warriors in Chicago, Il as a volunteer. It was a cold, rainy morning but the warmth emulated from the participants and Hope For The Warriors staff was enough to alleviate any chill. As a first time volunteer, my experience was enough to make me continue volunteering with the organization.
I am blessed every day to know that my son was never hurt, and carry the understanding that this could easily change in an instant. Unfortunately, this has been the case for many families. It is the job of this great nation to ensure that these families and service members are not forgotten, and it is organizations like Hope For The Warriors that strive to make sure that doesn’t happen. Their dedication, motivation, and compassion for wounded service members, their families, and the families of fallen service members is unparalleled

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Brittany23

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Hope For The Warriors for a few years now, and last year had the honor and humbling experience of being asked to serve on the Skyline Salute Committee. Skyline Salute is one of the organization's largest events held here in New York City.

It is hard to put into words the feeling of privilege that comes from working with a group of people who truly put their heart and souls into their work. The warmth, love and support shown by the amazing men and women who run this organization is felt well beyond the service members who they support.

Hope For The Warriors is, without a doubt, a top notch organization who I can only hope to continue to align myself with in the future.

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Dean S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I currently belong to Team Hope for the Warriors and participate in multiple races with my handcycle. The organization has given me the ability to compete with others and to regain the love of exercise since my spine injury. This organization will go out of its way to help. I love them so much.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of Team Hope for the Warriors since 2009. I joined the team 3 years ago when running in the Marine Corps Marathon. When looking for a MCM charity, I knew that I wanted to help raise money for a charity focused on military veterans and searched all those available for that year. Hope for the Warriors stood out to me for everything it encompasses. After running the race in 2009, I was amazed at the organization's high level of support to wounded veterans who competed on the team, which inspired me to run again in 2010 and soon to be 2011. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to run for this charity for the past 3 years. Hope for the Warriors is deserving of its high standing.

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