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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TODAY! Contact: sharon@villageforvets.org

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! PAINT AND SIP 5K RACE RECENT PRESS


VOLUNTEER AT THE VA DAILY MEALS BRENTWOOD SCHOOL, UCLA - CALENDARS

To volunteer, donate, or get more involved contact sharon@villageforvets.org


 

IT’S A NEW DAY AT THE VA -
SAFE PARKING for VETERANS!

Los Angeles - Volunteers are needed today to pick up and deliver meals to Veterans currently in the VA Safe Parking Program. Contact sharon@villageforvets.org today!

The nonprofit agency Safe Parking LA launched a pilot program for homeless veterans at the VAGLAHS Campus Wednesday April 18. People living in their vehicles will be assigned a place to park overnight and will be provided with access to bathrooms, showers, social services and eventually housing. “This proves that the volunteers serving on neighborhood councils have the ability to go beyond playing an advisory role and can actually organize to take action and make a direct impact on what happens here in our communities” said Dr. Scott Sale, the founder of Safe Parking LA.

Village for Vets will be partnering with Meals on Wheels to provide meals and snacks for the homeless Veterans. This will be a continuation of the Homeless Meals Program at the VA which currently provides 50 meals a day to the homeless Vets who visit the campus daily.

The approvals for this program dramatically sped up after Congressman Lieu’s Roundtable Meeting on February 26. Janet Turner, Sr. Field Rep and Constituent Services was our host at the Belmont Village Westwood. The room was full of representation from Westside community groups. The VA Leadership gently and carefully outlined their support for this program not knowing what reaction they might get from the crowd in the room but I could feel the excitement. I suggested we form a Task Force to spearhead funding and any additional approvals, and almost everyone in the room volunteered showing how much pent up desire there is on the part of the community to support Veterans and the VA and to have a real effect on lowering homelessness.

The following is a list of the groups that volunteered for the committee that night: Westside Homeless Veterans Task Force; Venice Homeless Committee, WLA Neighborhood Council, Pacific Palisades Community Council; Westside Regional Alliance of Councils; Citizens Veterans Engagement Board; Brentwood Village Chamber of Commerce, Village for Vets; and many individuals and relatives of individuals in the room that night. No one was going to let this great opportunity go unfunded.

Now Veterans who are experiencing homelessness will have an opportunity to sleep safely in their vehicles on the West L.A. campus. They will have access to the supportive services necessary to complete their transition into permanent housing. “Partnerships like this help to further our mission of providing a ‘no wrong door’ approach. Not only can our Veterans who are sleeping in their cars feel secure at night, but Safe Parking on the West LA campus facilitates access to wrap around supportive services, bringing us one step closer to ending Veteran homelessness” said Heidi Marston, Director of Community Engagement and Reintegration at VAGLAHS. This arrangement will start small with approximately 10 parking spaces but will grow as demand increases

Join us by visiting Village for Vets at https://villageforvets.org/donate.html. Your donations will allow us to reach our goal of providing hot meals for our nation’s homeless Veterans.Commit to partnering with the VA to create a 21st Century, state-of-the-art home for our Veterans. For more information on Safe Parking L.A. visit their website: https://www.safeparkingla.org/.

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Paint and Sip on May 12th

Another "Paint and Sip" is coming to the VA on Mother's Day weekend. Many were asking "When is the next one?" Why not once a month? It is Phyllis’ mission to empower through art. Thank you Phyllis for bringing fulfilling smiles to the hearts of Veterans.



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Memorial Day 5K Race and Walk

Bring the entire family to Join Village for Vets at our Booth

For the New Directions Memorial Day 5k

Run or Walk along the Beautiful VAGLA Campus

Help New Directions on May 19th, 2018 to transform the lives of homeless veterans by participating in the 8th Annual NDVets 5K Run/Walk. Your support will help strengthen New Direction’s efforts to get more homeless veterans off the streets and into permanent housing.

Register today at NDVets5k.org.

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Daily Meals for Homeless -

NOTE: Homeless Veterans not enrolled in VA programs are NOT eligible for VAGLAHCS food service. The community must step in.

This is an ongoing event. Village for Vets, Meals on Wheels and the Westside Food Bank collaborate to supply sandwiches, protein bars, fruit and water to the Homeless Vets who visit the HUDVASH Office daily. This costs $2.00 per meal per day or $500.00 per week.

New Directions just joined our Daily Meals Program by contributing 25 peanut butter sandwiches with fruit and water in a brown bag…to the Welcome Center several days per week.

Brentwood School will be joining the Daily Meals Program. Students will be making sandwiches on Friday that will feed Homeless Veterans on Saturday and Sunday.

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Volunteer and Visit Veterans at the VA Hospital

Join V4V founder Marcie Polier Swartz on Saturdays at 12 noon to visit Veterans in the VA Hospital. Send an email to info@villageforvets.org to sign up so we know to wait for you.

 


 

 

 

Past Newsletters - 2017 / 2016

Everyday Heroes
 

People!  Listen Up!

The Geffen Playhouse hosted a program for Veterans.  Over several months, the vets wrote up and rehearsed dramatic TED Talks style presentations of their many and varied experiences. 

 

The Geffen offered tickets to this presentation FOR FREE!  Our dear friends Toby and Bob alerted us to the event. We registered for tickets, had dinner at Goran’s DIVINO, and went to the Geffen.  The first sign we were in for a spectacular evening - there was not a vacant seat in the house.

The program was truly great.  Nine incredibly funny and heartfelt stories filling the house and our eyes and ears with love, humor, tragedy, warmth, understanding and irony.

I have to assume you feel like me…no desire to go out at night and brave the choked streets to get to a theatrical presentation only to be presented with something strange and unworthy of the effort.

This is personal theater.  Connected theater.  Connected to veterans in a way that makes you feel close to them, appreciative of them and mostly a part of the whole grand design.  We pay (taxes…) but they serve.  So time spent listening like this brings us inside, up close and personal….

LOOK FOR THIS PROGRAM TO BE REPEATED NEXT YEAR…with new stories presented by new vets…DON’T MISS IT…

~V4V

 


 

 

Stand Down 2016

  

 

 

 

We just returned back to Brentwood from the Second Annual Stand Down at the WLA VA.

 

There were seven of us there to guide Maria’s Italian Kitchen delivery van to our breakfast tables.  The Breakfast Wraps were warm, delicious, and such a welcome sight to the long line of hungry Vets some of whom are homeless and struggling. 

 

A HUGE SHOUT OUT AND THANK YOU TO MADDY ALFANO OF MARIA’S ITALIAN KITCHENS for supplying the 350 breakfast wraps…one of the first businesses in Brentwood Village… newly remodeled and now serving Beer and Wine.

 

Michael Johnson did a great job with a great staff who organized all the vendors and volunteers.  The DMV was there to give ID’s on site.  The nursing staff had a special section set aside in the Welcome Center for women to get special TLC including manicures and make up.

People, today we saw gratitude embodied.  So many thank you’s.  Such respectful interactions.  We are all floating on air from the love and support that was shared.

Thank you for supporting The WLA VA and Village for Vets.  I encourage all of you to go to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to follow us and see more pictures.

FB: Village for Vets

Twitter:  Vill4Vets

Instagram: VillageforVets
 

October 19, 2016

Recap Village for Vets and VAGLAHS Stand Down 2016
 

 

 

 

 

Dear All,

Just wanted to let you all know that Village for Vets has collected over 50 bags of miscellaneous clothing, bags, shoes and other goods for the Stand Down on Thursday October 20, 2016.

We have collected $1,455.00 to donate directly to the Stand Down.  Breakfast wraps are being donated by Maria’s Italian Kitchen.

There is a group of 7 volunteers coming from the community including Jennifer Turchin from the Chamber.  The Chamber donated directly to the VA as well.

We are all so gratified to be lending our support to this meaningful event.

 

September 21, 2016

2nd Annual Veteran's Stand Down - October 20, 2016
 

(Village for Vets now has 501c3 status approval. 90049ers and others…come help the WLA VA and LA’s Homeless Vets)
VILLAGE FOR VETS and THE BRENTWOOD VILLAGE
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE INVITE YOU ON BEHALF
OF THE WEST LOS ANGELES VETERANS ADMINISTRATION
SECOND ANNUAL VETERANS STAND DOWN
WHEN?
OCTOBER 20, 2016 6 AM – 5 PM
WHERE?
WLA VA CAMPUS BUILDING 257
WHAT IS A STAND DOWN?
Stand Downs are collaborative events coordinated between local VAs, other government agencies, community agencies and community advocates serving the homeless Veterans. The term "Stand Down" comes from times of combat. After a military conflict, soldiers were removed from the combat zone to a safe and secure place to recover. Veterans experiencing homelessness still live in conditions similar to combat but without the services needed to survive. A Stand Down event provides the access to services that will help veterans get to a safer and more secure place of independence.
THIS EVENT HOSTED 800 PEOPLE LAST YEAR AND RESULTED IN HOUSING FOR 133 INDIVIDUALS!
VOLUNTEER TRAINING REQUIRED
VOLUNTEERS ARE ASKED TO ATTEND TRAINING OCTOBER 17 IN BUILDING 257 FROM 1:30 – 2:30 PM
WHAT DOES THE VA NEED FROM THE COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT THIS CRUCIAL EVENT?
FUNDS – FUNDS SUPPORT
Go to www.villageforvets.org to donate
THE DMV ISSUES ID’S ON THE SPOT TO VETS WITHOUT VALID ID
$500 to sponsor HAIR CUTS, GLASSES, DENTAL SERVICES
Email info@villageforvets.org to volunteer services.
All donated funds for the Stand Down will be given directly to the VAGLAHCS
(ALL DONATIONS ARE FULLY TAX DEDUCTABLE.
CONFIRMATIONS WILL BE SENT FOR EACH DONATION).

 

 

August 27, 2016

Veterans Honoring One Another

 


Look what I caught on camera when I dropped into Trevor Daily’s retirement party at Senator Feinstein’s office recently. Veterans honoring one another. Does a country proud and fills the heart.
 

August 27, 2016

Brentwood Village Businesses Partner With West L.A. VA to Support Local Veterans
 

 

 

Article via West Side Today

August 19, 2016 11:54 am by: Staff Report
Category: events, Featured
Leave a comment A+ / A- By Kelly Hartog

In Jan 2016, Brentwood Village business owners came together with the Brentwood Village Business Improvement District and the Brentwood Village Chamber of Commerce to launch the Village for Vets organization.

Spearheaded by Brentwood Village business owner Marcie Polier Swartz, a Brentwood resident since 1987, Village for Vets is an opportunity to support Veterans through the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration.

The initiative came about after Ann Brown was appointed as the new director of the West L.A. VA in January and was happy to work with the local community. Given that Brentwood Village shares two of the VA’s parking lots, there was an even greater desire among the business community to help the VA. In addition, Polier Swartz has a personal connection to the West L.A. VA. She has a family member who is a veteran and is there with him several times a year. Village for Vets’ website states, ‘We take pride in our longstanding connection to the West Los Angeles VA,’ and Polier Swartz told Brentwood News the organization is reaching out to community members to get involved along with the local businesses. “We have always wanted to support the VA in a meaningful way, and now that new leadership is in place at the VA, and the legislative offices are in support of us working together for the betterment of all, we needed a local vehicle,” she said.

Enter Village for Vets. The organization has applied for its 501(3)(c) non-profit status and Polier Swartz said they expect the approval to come through before the end of the year. Since its launch in January, Village for Vets has sponsored two Super Bowl parties on the campus for the Vets who frequent the Welcome Center; participated in the Memorial Day 5k with a booth donated by the Brentwood Village Chamber of Commerce; and donated Dr. Shelley’s Read n View devices to the Medical Center.

Upcoming events include a clothing drive and a community wide fundraiser sponsored by Maddy Alfano and Maria’s Italian Kitchens, which will take place in November. Funds from that event will be earmarked for housing packages to support vets moving off campus into HUD (Housing and Urban Development) housing. Polier Swartz said Village for Vets has started to galvanize the community. “At the 5k event we had so many sign-ups for volunteers and ideas. One request came from a vet to donate art supplies and hold art classes,” she said. “The community is coming together slowly to support the VA. Word needs to circulate that we now have a vehicle, a calendar of events, and a big mission.

To learn more about Village for Vets and to get involved, visit villageforvets.org.

 

 

 




 

UPCOMING EVENT: Maria's Italian Kitchen
 

 

 

June 6, 2016

Next Up...
 

In celebration of Maria’s Italian Kitchen’s grand opening and newly acquired beer and wine license, owner Maddy Alfano is spearheading a village wide event. Shopping, music, community engagement…and 10% of revenues will go to Village For Vets www.villageforvets.org our community’s window to supporting the WLA VA… stay tuned…date to be announced soon…

 

 




 

June 6, 2016

Dr Shelley's Read N Vue Donation


 

Dave’s bff Russell contacted me to donate Dr. Shelley's Read n Vue, https://readnvue.com/ to the WLA VA. Talk about the feeling of a full heart… I immediately went into action contacting all my WLA VA bff’s! Debbie Lasker, Terri Dunham, Sadie Stewart, Theresa DiMaggio..everyone helped us get connected on this great donation which was received and taken to the Medical Center on Tuesday June 1, 2016. Thank you everyone, and especially to Shelley and Russell Stravitz, for this life altering donation.
 

June 3, 2016

 

Memorial Day 5k at the WLA VA