Arizona--Helping Hand Projects
HH–Raise $$$ to Help Train a Service Dog for a Veteran
June 4, 2014
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    Project Proposal:

A local nonprofit group named “Soldier’s Best Friend” is hard at work training therapy dogs to help wounded veterans. There is much more demand for these helpful canine companions than this organization can keep up with. Not only do they help Veterans, they try to work with local animal shelters to place rescue dogs into new homes. They are “Touching Two Lives at Once”. This organization is in need of sponsors & funds to help train more Veteran & Dog pairs. To find out more about this worthy organization, please visit their website:
soldiersbestfriend.org

Once a veteran or active military member is accepted into this program, they will be paired with a dog adopted from a local shelter unless the Veteran already has a dog. Soldier’s Best Friend is devoted to helping our Veterans. They are also devoted to helping shelter dogs and the pet overpopulation problem. The Veteran and the dog will live together from that point forward. Training sessions are held 1-2 days a week for up to 30 weeks.

Please tell your friends about this worthy cause. More information is coming soon. Please stay tuned.

    The Mission of this Organization:

Soldier’s Best Friend provides U.S. military veterans living with combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with Service or Therapeutic Companion Dogs, most of which are rescued from local shelters. The veteran and dog train together to build a trusting relationship that saves two lives at once and inspires countless others.

    The Goal of this Organization:

To help our war heroes improve in their symptoms of PTSD, adjust back into civilian life, lead a more productive life and help them build self esteem. We also want to help the pet overpopulation problem by helping place shelter or rescue dogs into good homes.

    Goal this Project Supports:

Our Goal is to: Assist Individuals, Families and Professionals in finding Quick and Easy Access to Help & Resources that address Common Issues relevant to Veterans, Active Military & their families.

Our Goal is to: Help Military Veterans as they transition out of active duty by creating a rational system of services & resources that are easy to find and easy to access. Locate all organizations assisting Veterans in order to connect and coordinate the services they offer. Identify and fill any gaps in the services currently being offered.

Our Goal is to: Assist organizations serving Veterans, Active Military & their families in fulfilling their mission by gathering the most useful tips, advice, books, blogs, websites, videos, newsletters, scientific research, resources and organizations that can help them deal with the common issues that organizations often face & make this information quick and easy to access.

Our Goal is to: Create a Master List of all the organizations based in Arizona that are currently helping with Veteran & Active Military related issues. Add all organizations to the Directory of Organizations on the CommunityCause.org website along with the services they provide and their service area. Provide current & accurate information about Veteran & Active Military related organizations that is quick, clear and effortless to access. Make it easier for people in our community to find the Veteran & Active Military related groups when they want to help volunteer, donate items, sponsor events, or give money.

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    Option #1—If you would like to help a little

If you are an individual or an organization, please forward this link and/or share information about this project post with any potentially interested individuals, groups, clubs, volunteers, nonprofits, or other organizations. The social media buttons on this post make it quick & easy to let your friends & colleagues know about this project.

If you are an organization interested in this topic, will you create a link from your organization’s website to this specific project’s URL address so that others interested in Veterans & Active Military can contribute helpful information? Let’s get the power of the Grapevine working to help support this project!

Help us to get the word out! Who do you know who would be interested in getting involved or helping this project? Help us by sending this information out through your Social Media Channels, by posting this project on your Facebook page, by sending out a tweet and by using any of the project hashtags. You may even decide to volunteer your time as a Social Media Lover–see details

    Option #2—If you would like to help a little bit more

The options available and the steps that you can take to get started helping on this project are detailed below. You can just get started on any of the steps below…no need to contact us or let us know. This is a crowdsourcing project. You can just jump in and help when you can. When you have a few extra minutes to help…you will know that you are making a difference in your community.

********Step 1–Training is comprised of private and group sessions 1-2 days a week for up to 30 weeks then 1 session every other week up to 6 additional months. It costs this nonprofit organization $2,500 to complete all of the training. There is no cost to the Veteran for any of the training. That is where you and the rest of our community can help.

Please click this link to Make a Donation or Become a Sponsor

********Step 2—If you know of a business or organization that would like to become a sponsor, please click on the link above.

********Step 3—This organization has many events. Please attend one of their events and/or help us to get the word out so that they are well attended.

Option #4—If you are passionate about Veterans & Active Military and would like to be even more involved….Join with others who are working on this issue. You can link up with like-minded others who are passionate about projects like this.You may choose to be one of the “Community Visionaries” seeking to find solutions to social & environmental issues in our community. Community Visionaries are like a “working group” of concerned community members who are passionate about a specific issue. They are the decision makers and the movers and shakers in this community regarding Veterans & Active Military related issues. Community Visionaries may or may not be assisting with this specific project.

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Community Visionaries–see details are concerned with making a difference in their community by helping with this and similar issues. As part of the “Community Visionaries” working on Veteran & Active Militaryrelated issues, you can meet like-minded individuals, brainstorm solutions, work to help projects and decide how best to support the individuals & organizations associated with Veterans & Active Military. Community Visionaries network with the individuals and organizations interested in helping Veterans & Active Military, assisting them in connecting, collaborating and cooperating on this and similar issues. You may want to Join the Club for people who care about Veterans & Active Military, see information above. You might also choose to share your experience and expertise on the website pages related to Veterans & Active Military by becoming a Wiki Page Author–Click Here.

By contributing your time, talent and information to this project, you will be making it easier for others to find and make use of Community resources that Help Veterans & Active Military. Why make stressed out people search for information when we can make crowdsourced resources readily accessible to them? To Find out All the Ways You Can Help–Click Here!

Our goal is to help people to find Helpful Information, Tip Sheets, Resources and Organizations more quickly and more easily. We are helping to Connect People with the Resources & Organizations that can help them to Help Veterans & Active Military. Thank you for sharing your experience, expertise, information, advice and ideas on this project! How you can Contribute Information to this Project–Click Here!

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—————————This is a Community Engagement Project———————————-
Community Engagement (CE) projects need public participation to complete a project that will solve a Social or Environmental problem. A Community Engagement project requests the active engagement or physical presence of people in order to be a Success. Your Participation Makes a Difference! Each person’s effort helps! Thanks for caring enough to get involved! Together we can make a positive difference in our world!

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Reason why this Project is Helpful to People in Our Community–Click Here!

See How our Community Benefits from this Project–Click Here!
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Please help us by posting any of your helpful Tips, Advice & Resources in the comments section below. Thank you for sharing your experience, expertise, information, advice and ideas on this project! How you can Contribute Information to this Project–Click Here!

    Any questions?

If you would like to Join the Club for people who care about Veterans & Active Military or become part of the “Community Visionaries” working group, simply click on the purple links. If you have any questions or would like to contact us directly, please let us know through the “Contact Us” option on this website.

Will you help this project? You can get Get Involved and Make a Difference right from your home computer! To complete this project, we need your helpful Tips, Advice, Information & Resources added in the comments section below. Please Share this project through your social media channels or Follow the progress of this project by managing your free subscription below. Thanks for all you do to support your community and the philanthropic organizations that provide helpful services in our community! Together we Can Make a Difference! How to Get Started Helping this Project–Click Here!

Finished Product:

A fully trained Service or Therapeutic Companion Dog and Veteran pair. We owe it to our returning Veterans to do what we can to ease their transition back into their communities.

“Soldier’s Best Friend provides U.S. military veterans living with combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) with Service or Therapeutic Companion Dogs, most of which are rescued from local shelters. The veteran and dog train together to build a trusting relationship that saves two lives at once and inspires countless others.”

“When a veteran and their dog are close to graduating they will be asked to mentor incoming trainees to help them transition into our program. We feel this is very beneficial to both the new trainee and experienced veteran. Once the dog is fully trained in the individual tasks it will be certified as a service dog or classified a therapeutic companion dog / Emotional Support Animal.”

    Project Posted on:

June 3, 2014

    Target Date for Completion:

Ongoing project. No specific completion date.

    Project Code:

AZHHVX-14

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