Fall Newsletter 2015
The team at Heidrea for Heroes strives each day to connect with military veterans in need of a helping hand from southeastern Massachusetts.  We hope you'll take a few minutes to read about our recent veteran projects, our wonderful elementary school book reading program in celebration of Veterans Day, and the launch of our exciting new Lift 21 program! And, if you know a veteran who would benefit from the type of support we offer, please share our information and encourage him/her to apply for support. 

Project Highlights
Making a difference, one life at a time
Applications for support have been rolling in and our team has been busy fulfilling a wide variety of requests... here are just a few of the recent highlights:  
  • New computer gifted to a disabled student at Bristol Community College pursuing a degree in Engineering. 
  • A batch of new windows installed for a Marshfield veteran, replacing leaking and broken ones that had caused health and safety concerns.
  • Masonry repairs required for home insurance renewal for a Navy veteran in Weymouth. 
     
  • Andone of our favorite moments, the awarding of our all-terrain TrackChair to a disabled Vietnam veteran and avid hunter from Rockland, allowing him to enjoy his favorite outdoor activities once again. Read our news coverage on this special story. 

Community Connections



Leading up to Veterans Day, H4H had the great pleasure of bringing local veterans to several elementary schools in our service area for a special book reading to kindergarten students. Over 4 days, 9 veterans read "Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhoods" by Valerie Pfundstein to a combined total of 29 classrooms in 6 elementary schools, in Milford, Plymouth, Kingston, Norwell (two schools), and Sacred Heart. 

It was a wonderful chance for these young students to interact and learn the meaning of the holiday from these veterans first-hand!  

Launching Lift 21

We are kicking off 2016 with our exciting new program, Lift 21! From January to June we will lift a burden for 21 veterans in need, and lift their spirits in the process. If you know a vet who can use a helping hand, submit an application for review. 

If you want to help make these custom projects happen, please make a donation today. Lift 21 is a program of our Bright Sky Relief Fund, our dedicated source for funding individual veteran projects. Every gift, large or small, will help make a difference. We are a small organization but we know we will accomplish this ambitious goal with your help!
Donor Appreciation

On October 4th, Charles David Salon & Spas hosted its 20th annual Benefit Day, and H4H was honored to have been chosen as one of their four beneficiaries of this tremendous giving tradition. 100% of the proceeds from all of their salon services and retail products were donated, with each group receiving $5,050! We were humbled to have been in the company of Crossroads for Kids, South Shore Hospital Hospice, and Scituate Animal Shelter. We are so grateful for this support!
Growth in Leadership

Just as H4H is thrilled to expand its outreach and increase our individual veteran project work, we are equally excited to achieve growth in our Board of DirectorsIn October, three new members joined the Board, bringing diverse experience, valuable expertise and innovative ideas to the organization. 

Welcome Laura Buckley, Assistant Dean of Quincy College, Plymouth campus; J.R. Pimentel, HR Development Officer of Bristol County Savings Bank; and Chris Pleibel, President of the PA Wireless Association! 

Original Board members Jesse Brown, Matt Mastroianni, Jeff Henley, and Garrett Smith -  all of whom are Marines, continue to bring their dedication and veterans' perspectives to the H4H effort. Learn more about our members' backgrounds.
A Mission to Honor Sacrifice
Sometimes, coming home is just the beginning of another battle 
That's why Heidrea for Heroes is committed to serving and supporting veterans in need. Our mission is to provide adaptive housing renovations, vehicle modifications, specialized mobility equipment, workforce readiness programs, and custom veteran/family support that will inspire and motivate veterans and families move forward. Our veterans and their families sacrifice a great deal for our country, and we honor their service by giving back to ease their challenges in civilian life. 

Heidrea for Heroes is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. To learn more bout us, visit www.heidrea4heroes.org, like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter @Heidrea4Hero. If you work in the trades and want to offer your skilled services for future veteran projects, please contact us.