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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Health, Military & Veterans Organizations, Nursing Facilities, Seniors, Single Parent Agencies, Veterans, Youth Development

Mission: The VFW National Home for Children helps military and veteran families find stability and positive change during times of crisis.

Target demographics: military families, veteran families, VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members and their descendents

Geographic areas served: nationwide

Programs: Families who need a fresh start can live in the safe and peaceful environment of the VFW National Home for Children campus community for up to four years and benefit from numerous community supports, including professional case management services, on-site licensed child care, life skills training, tutoring and other educational services, as well as recreational and community service opportunities. Recognizing that the effects of war can last for generations, the National Home's campus community is open to families of active-duty military personnel, veterans and descendants of members of the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary. The National Home's Military and Veteran Family Helpline [800-313-4200] is the first step on the path to help for military and veteran families. This free service offers information, creates connections and gives hope to struggling families across the country. It can also serve as the first step to living at the National Home.

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a past Commander of the VFW and Past Grand Commander of the MOC State of Michigan. Everything the VFW National Home does with their children is commendable. The VFW National Home has been serving children and families in need since 1922 and I do everything I can you help them in raising money.

General Motors and the UAW have also helped. If you have any questions, log on to their website and see for your self. You can't go wrong donating to this charity.

PGC Bob Routhier Jr.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Life Member of the VFW National Home for Children. I’m a Past VFW Commander of Clio, MI and now Sr. Vice Commander of the Military Order of the Cootie, Grand of Michigan. I have helped in anyway I can for all the Children of the VFW National Home in Eaton Rapids, MI over the years. I was working a few years back at the General Motors Proving Ground when GM made a rather large donation to the Home from their cars sales. I appreciate them for that and wrote them to let them know. I help with a Christmas Party every year for the 70 to 80 Children there and will look forward to that for years to come. It’s important what The VFW National Home for Children is about and the whole world should know about it. We at the MOC Grand of Michigan raise funds for them nationally every year. Hope everyone will contribute. Thanks, Bob R.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with the VFW National Home for Children since 1965 and continue to support it with monetary donations. I have visited the home on several occasions and am very impressed in the way it operates and with Patrice Green and the other employess guideance it is a wonderful place for the children and families of our veterans to reside. The children attend school and are not only educated throughout their time living there, but also are involved in many worth projects that teach them the tools they will need to succeed in life. May God continue to bless our veterans and their families for their service to our country.

bcroyston@aol.com

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a Life Member of the VFW National Home May of 1968 and have visited the Campus twice, both experiences were exciting and very informative. The work done for our veterans children is outstanding, educational and given with lots of love from all employees. I encourage all members and non members to visit the Home web site to learn what a wonderful life these families are given at our Home. In June of 2009 I was given the opportunity of representing the National Organization at the graduation ceremonies and was very impressed with senior class and their goals to further their education. They each spoke of their time spent at the Home and what it meant to them to remain living there as they attended college. I have supported our Home for Children for 42 years and will continue to do all I can to assist in any way I can. Betty Royston, Past Dept. President Dept. of Texas 90/91

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Veterans Organization in 1965 at post 3822 in Panama Canal Zone. There was a collection taken of your loose change at each Membership Meeting and at the end of each month the Quartermaster would bundle the months money and send it to our VFW National Home. I was the Virginia VFW National Home for Children Chairman for 6 years and made 4 trips to the home located on a section of land outside Eaton Rapids, Michigan. The children of our National Home need us to support them financially and physically as some of them do not have biologic mothers and fathers still living so we are their mothers and fathers. The staff of our national Home for Children do a fantastic job of taking of the children through their expertise and loving care. WJ Leonard post 7327 Virginia

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Aloha from Hawaii, I have been a volunteer for the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veteran of Foreign Wars for nearly 20 yrs. and throughout those years I have been involved as Auxiliary Chairman for National Home for Children as well as just volunteering in fundraising for this purpose. Our Children and Families are special to us. We collect UPC Codes from Campbell Soup Labels as well as Prego Labels to help towards their education. We donated monetary gift for their 85th Birthday to help purchase a Mini Bus along with a Birthday Card. We donated to the Children's Christmas funds so they would have something to enjoy at Christmas time. Hawaii and Alaska also sponsors a home there and make sure that the maintenance cost is solid, by contributing to the finance of these homes. When I first saw these children and families at my very first National Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah few years ago, I knew then, that all our efforts all worthwhile!! I am now our Department President for our Ladies Auxiliary and I continue to encourage our Ladies to contribute to this worthy cause and they have been doing a great job even in this most difficult times..I am so Proud of them and "We Believe" in what we are doing and continue to do. Paula Kalanikau, LAVFW Dept. Pres. Hawaii

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The children of our soldiers; our future defenders, heroes and OUR FUTURE! Need I say more? God bless them and their parents, Gerald McNutt VFW Post 10887 Broken Arrow, OK

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been the Chairman of the VFW National Home for Chilren for the Lake Texoma Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 7873 in Pottsboro, TX for the past 5 years. Although I have never visited the National Home in person, I feel like I know what it is, and what is does by visiting the very informative web site they have. Even though a small Auxiliary, we are proud to contribute to the National Home financially, as well as collecting and mailing UPC codes from Campbell Products to the National Home. (Those UPC codes are redeemed by Campbells under their labels for education program.) We let the children know we care about each of them by sending a birthday card to the children celebrating birthdays that month. What continues to inspire me is the fact that the VFW National Home receive NO federal funding, but is supported solely by contributions from private individuals and organizations. I am proud to be a Life Member of this organization

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a Life Member of the Home for 7 years now. I have not had the opportunity to make the trip to Eaton Rapids to visist the Campus, but I get regular updates of the activities and successes and find it to be one of the best non-profits I could possibly support. At our VFW Post in Korea, I make it an annual event to collect money to support the Home's Christmas parties. Everyone they help is missing a mother or father due to their service to this country and I find that anything I can do to help the staff and faculty to put together a celebration at a time when the children and widows/widowers should be missing their lost parent/spouse the most, is well worth replaving tears shed with the smiles and gigles heard that time of year around the campus.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The VFW National Home is a haven for the children and families of our veterans during their times of need. The services provided by this organization are critical to the well-being of our nation's military families and are entirely supported by donations; it receives no public funds. I have overseen the contributions from my local VFW and MOC over the past year and the VFW National Home always goes out of its way to let donors know they are appreciated. Most people outside the military do not realize how much other family members sacrifice while the service member in the family serves his or her country. With a donation to this noble cause, we show our support for the children, grandchildren, and other family members of brave service members that have made personal sacrifices so we can enjoy the fruits of liberty.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a first year post commander, I made my first trip to the VFW National Home and what an experience! I was so impressed with facility, the staff, and most of all the occupants that well, it made me so proud to think that our great organization supported and funded such a great place. I would and will recommend to any VFW member that has never visited our National Home,DO IT!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since 1925, the National Home has helped these children and families through its helpline services and campus village. Georgia holds their hands over their heart, and vowed to support the veterans children and families in every way possible. It’s truly a blessing to be the Chairman and vision the happiness in the parent's, children and staff. The staff are very well organized and helpful, especially to the needed young family and children. Through time of sorrow,times of happiness during wars or peace time, the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Home has been very professional and supportive. The children and families that resides on the campus and or receive professional assistance remotely.The National Home and its children and families will always be remember for their blessing. For I will always treasure the warmth and blessings provided as the Georgia National Home Chariman.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a big supporter of the home since I became a member of the VFW. I was instrumental in getting our Post over 1,000 life members. The first in the country. I also use the memorial program in lieu of donations to other charities. My wife recently passed away and memorial envelopes were promtly shipped to the funeral home for visitors to pick up. Over $1,000 to date have been donated to the Massachusetts home in her name. I can't think of a better way to memorialize your loved ones. I will cotinue to promote your your great organization. Richard E. Slowey State Editor Massachusetts VFW

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the greatest programs for veterans and their families in the nation. However, more publicity is needed. Not enough citizens, and even veterans are aware of the program.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding charity doing good for our Armed Forces families. Some of the children are orphans while others need a home while a parent is deployed. This Children's home understands that kids are not grown at 18 and has services to successfully transition teens to college or to an independent adult life without throwing them on the street like foster care. Children have opportunities not just a bed and meals. Please take the time to learn about the VFW Home for Children, thank you.