12 Days of Giving 2016 - Veterans Partnering with Communities
By Megan McClain
Many political, social and spiritual groups encourage being altruistic and giving back to your community year-round. However, something is in the air during the holiday season that really brings out the spirit of giving in all of us. For 12 days throughout December, we want to inspire you to give back to those who are in need in our local neighborhoods. Our "12 Days of Giving" feature shares the impact and needs of 12 different Inland Empire charities. Our hope is that each feature will inform, inspire and encourage you to donate, volunteer or give back in some way. Please consider giving the gift of kindness to a stranger this season, because it may be the only one they receive.
Day 10 – Veterans Partnering with Communities
Veterans Partnering with Communities Inc. has a simple goal, yet complex problem – eliminating homelessness and unemployment among military veterans.
Since 2006, through partnerships within local communities, it provides venues, resources, training, outreach and more. It also organizes Fontana’s city banner program that honors those who are currently serving and those who have served.
Veterans Partnering with Communities supports services that include a literacy program, counseling, job-seeking assistance, claims processing, financial and employment education and more. VPWC also hosts free classes weekly to support and educate veterans, including a business training workshop and a “Reboot, Rebuild and Reconnect” workshop. The organization also offers support groups in the form of running and golfing clubs.
Veterans Partnering with Communities is continually seeking volunteers to help raise funds, offer support services or help with events. It also accepts monetary donations that go directly to support veterans.
The Veterans Resource Center is open Monday–Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. It is located at 16779 Spring Street in Fontana.
For more information about the Veterans Partnering with Communities effort visit www.veterans4communities.org or call (909) 355-3036.