Since 1999, GreaterGood has been working to create easy ways for changemakers like you to make an impact, both in local communities and around the globe. In that time, we’ve raised more than $75 million dollars for a wide variety of charitable causes that provide aid to people, pets, and our beautiful planet.
Through shopping, daily free clicks, donations, and more, we’ve worked together to change the world one click at a time! And we can’t tell you enough how much we appreciate your support! Thank you for helping us reach this important milestone of $75 million raised for charity! Read on to learn more about one of the many ways you’ve helped us give where it matters.
Many of our veterans sacrificed a life at home to serve their country. They left their loved ones behind, geared up, and headed into battle.
Returning home, these veterans have been stifled by a lack of affordable housing, limited post-service job opportunities, and inadequate mental health care. Tens of thousands of American military veterans are now homeless, struggling to find assistance for even basic essentials.
According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, about 40,000 veterans face homelessness each year. These men and women sacrificed their lives to protect our constitution, and now they don’t even know when they will eat next.
This is an unacceptable problem, and one we have been working to solve with your help.
Funded by your donations, Greater Good Charities, has joined Organization of Hope and GreaterGood.com in distributing hundreds of Care Packs containing survival supplies that will comfort veterans and their pets.
Since Sept 2019, your donations have helped us provide 6,500 Care Packs and 4,895 Pet Packs (dogs) to 21 cities across the US, providing assistance to 2,800 veterans. Near the end of May 2022, 2,935 Care Packs will be heading to Krakow Food Bank, along with 480 Pet Packs to help Ukrainian refugees and others in need.
These Care Packs could be the only comfort some of these veterans receive this season. The safe and convenient backpacks include food and utensils, warm clothing like coats, scarves and socks, basic hygiene products, and disposable masks to protect from coronavirus disease. The Pet Packs include dog treats and food/water bowls for animal companions.
- A hygiene kit including shampoo, soap, and toothbrush.
- A reusable water bottle.
- A t-shirt and socks to provide a clean change of clothing.
- A blanket for warmth and comfort.
- A cinched pack to hold all the pet’s essentials.
- A collapsible bowl to provide a clean place for the pet to eat or drink.
- A slip lead leash to ensure the pet remains safe with their veteran owner.
- A treat and a toy that provides the dog with comfort and happiness. This gift also helps to create an even stronger bond between the veteran and their pet.
In 2020, your donations helped us provide a total of $210,450.04 worth of essential supplies to at-risk veterans including jackets and scarves to keep warm, housewares and kitchen supplies to help those who are transitioning out of homelessness, and toys for children of veterans during the holidays. So far this year, your generous gifts have helped us provide $179,357.78 of in-kind supplies to veterans and children.
“The homeless veteran crisis in the U.S. continues to worsen every year, and the COVID-19 pandemic is making it worse,” said Liz Baker, CEO for Greater Good Charities. “Good Packs and Pet Packs provide a much-needed resource to unsheltered veterans and their pets living in metropolitan communities.”
Many homeless shelters have been pushed to overflow-capacity in the past year, and are now struggling to provide basic services to clients.
Thanks to support from readers like you we are restoring the dignity of these struggling veterans with comfort backpacks and pet packs, each carrying essential items.
“It warms their hearts to feel the love and support from their community and to know that they are appreciated for their service to our country and that others want to give back to them,” says Danna Auriana, Clinical Director of Homeless Programs for the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System.
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