Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 22, 2014
Give an Hour™ (http://www.giveanhour.org), a national nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to members of the military, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, their loved ones, and their communities, announces a $100,000 grant from Veterans United Foundation, the charitable arm of Veterans United Home Loans.
“We are so grateful to Veterans United Foundation for their generous financial support,” says Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder and president of Give an Hour. “This grant will allow us to add resources to our commitment to the Army National Guard – a partnership announced last summer to reach all Army National Guard units and to recruit and train more mental health professionals to ensure help is available in every community.”
Give an Hour's national program with the Army National Guard will harness the nonprofit's expertise in coordination and collaboration to make all Guard units aware of the Give an Hour services available to them and to work directly with local communities to create a comprehensive system of care for Guard families. The program will encompass trainings and presentations to Guard units across the country, outreach to national mental health associations to recruit more volunteer providers, and training for mental health professionals on the issues that affect those who serve and their families.
“Through the dedication and donations of our employees at Veterans United Home Loans, we are able to support such worthy initiatives as this,” says Megan Sievers, director, Veterans United Foundation. “The work Give an Hour is doing with the Army National Guard aligns perfectly with our core mission of enhancing lives.”
About Give an Hour™
Give an Hour is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of military personnel, their families, and the communities affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. To date, Give an Hour has nearly 7,000 providers across the nation—in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam—with more volunteer mental health professionals joining its network every day. In addition to counseling, providers also consult to schools, first responders, employers, and community organizations. Give an Hour has already provided approximately 104,000 hours of free service, valued at more than $10.4 million. To learn more, visit http://www.giveanhour.org or connected.giveanhour.org.
About the Veterans United Foundation
Veterans United Foundation is supported entirely by the employees of Veterans United Home Loans. The foundation is committed to enhancing the lives of veterans and military families nationwide, by supporting nonprofit organizations that strengthen local communities and honor the sacrifices of those who served our country. It also provides individual donations to current and former military members in need. More than $6.2 million has been pledged and donated in the last two years. Learn more at EnhanceLives.com.
About Veterans United Home Loans
Based in Columbia, Mo., the national lender financed more than $3.3 billion in loans in 2012. Its mission is to help veterans and active duty military members take advantage of the home loan benefits earned by their service. Learn more at VeteransUnited.com