Gearing Up for Veterans Day
Dear Volunteers, 

Patriots Day through Veterans Day seems to be a sprint for Buddy-to-Buddy. Opportunities for outreach are plentiful, whether at formal events, football games, or simply attending community gatherings as a private citizen. No matter the setting, we Vets can’t help but talk about B2B when we meet other Vets. In addition to educating folks about the services we offer, please be mindful that we are always on the lookout for new volunteers. If you find a Vet with Volunteer potential, simply send contact information our way so that we can actively recruit these folks. 
In addition, it’s getting to be the time of year when our B2B program shirts aren’t quite warm enough for outdoor events. Remember that men’s and women’s hoodies, vests, and long sleeve shirts are available for sale through Ivy Promotions. Order online, or call Jamie, our Administrative Assistant, at (734) 998-5825 to place an order over the phone. Proudly don the B2B colors as you head out to these community events, take pictures, and send them to us! We love to see you all in action!

As you become aware of events in your community, please let us know if you would like to staff them. Contact Nate Cross at crossna@umich.edu or (734) 998-5827 so that we can get these events on the calendar. 

Respectfully,

Kate Melcher
Program Manager
Volunteer Veteran of the Month
David Hagen was our Volunteer of the Month for September! David’s commitment to improving the lives of fellow veterans in his community and beyond is evident in his willingness to help others struggling with particularly complicated circumstances. This demonstrated commitment has made David a trusted resource for program staff to turn to, particularly in getting help for veterans in his part of Southwest Michigan. Read more about David...
New Volunteers
We are thrilled to welcome these new Volunteers to our team this month!
Rich Dallas
Army Veteran, Madison Heights
Betty Hendricks
Army Veteran, Swartz Creek
Ed Fitzsimmons
Army Veteran, Southfield
Dennis Schuldt
Air Force Veteran, South Lyon
Month in Review | September 2017
Top 5 referral categories:
Number of service members and veterans assisted from January 1 to September 30:

2017 : 670
2016 : 622
            

Top interaction log submitters in September:

Steve Alguire - 18
Mark Lindke - 7
Richie Roberts - 6
Ryan Kenerson - 5
John Snyder - 5


Most events attended and logged in September:

Bruce Binns - 5
Mark Lindke - 5
Thank you for taking the time to submit your logs and using the website to communicate with us. These submissions are key in helping us continue to serve Michigan’s veterans.
This Month's Training Anniversaries
The following volunteers are celebrating their training anniversaries with the program this month: 

Seven Years!
Gary Bourdeau
Paul Jingozian
Pete Raciti

Six Years
Dick Overton

Three Years
Bob Baumstark
Mo De La O
Terry Madick

Two Years
Robert Herbstreith
Harry McCown

One Year
Edwin Johnson

Thank you for your service! 
Program Merchandise for Sale
As the weather starts to cool off and you switch to warmer clothes, don’t forget that we have men's and women's hoodies, vests, and long sleeve shirts for sale! If you’d like to look these items over, along with other merchandise items available for sale, visit Ivy Promotion’s website . If you’d like assistance placing your order, please call Jamie Majer here at B2B, (734) 998-5824, and she will complete the order form with you.
Save the Date for the 2018 Volunteer Recognition Event!
We are excited to announce that our 2018 Volunteer Recognition Event will be held at the Yankee Air Museum in Belleville on Saturday, April 7 . Mark your calendars! We will send more information as the date gets closer. It will be an event not to be missed!
Interested in Representing Buddy-to-Buddy at an Event?
Would you like to represent Buddy-to-Buddy at a veteran-focused event in your community? Do you know of an event that you think someone from Buddy-to-Buddy should attend? If so, contact Outreach Coordinator Nathan Cross at crossna@umich.edu or (734) 998-5827. 
Buddy-to-Buddy Pics
Kate Melcher and Nate Cross at the UAW Local 900 Open House
Adam Obanjoko and Nate Cross at the grand opening of Buddy's Pizza in Ann Arbor
Buddy-to-Buddy is part of Military Support Programs and Networks (M-SPAN), a portfolio of military mental health programs within the University of Michigan Depression Center.
Buddy-to-Buddy Volunteer Veteran Program
2025 Traverwood Dr., Suite C | Ann Arbor | MI | 48105