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99 WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

99 WAYS TO GET INVOLVED2022-07-01T10:13:03-04:00

99 WAYS TO GET INVOLVED

Here, you will find 99+ ways that you can get involved in supporting the troops, their families, and the nation.

If you have a way to help, please share it at [email protected] or find us on social media.

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Donate your unwanted or used vehicle, motorhome or boat2022-06-30T15:56:41-04:00
Donate your unwanted or used vehicle, motorhome or boat to help disabled or homeless Vet’s and their families

Most Americans require a vehicle to get to and from work and to run various errands. By donating your unwanted or used vehicles to veterans, you can help them better both their lives and the lives of their families.

Cars Helping Veterans

Vehicles For Veterans

Vans For Vets

Auto/Boat/RV Donations

Donate your unused computers and laptops to a veteran2022-06-30T15:56:41-04:00
Donate your unused computers and laptops to a veteran

One of the best ways for service members to reintegrate into the civilian world is by getting an education. Today, it is almost impossible to receive a degree in higher education without a computer or laptop. By donating your unused computers and laptops to a veteran, you can help them work towards a degree, bettering both their life and the lives of their family members.

Tech For Troops

Pick Up Please

Computers With Causes

Support expecting parents and families with babies2022-06-30T15:56:41-04:00
Support expecting parents and families with babies by donating to provide them with diapers, wipes and baby carriers

You can make a difference in the lives of expecting parents and families by helping supply them with needed diapers, wipes and baby carriers. The price of diapers and wipes quickly adds up and can become difficult to continue affording them when you don’t have the funds. Donating a baby carrier can cover the cost and offer one less thing for families to worry about.

National Diaper Bank

The Carry On Project

Donate an unused or unwanted bicycle to a veteran in need2022-06-30T15:56:41-04:00
Donate an unused or unwanted bicycle to a veteran in need

Transitioning from military life to civilian life can be difficult for veterans, especially if they do not have a means of transportation. You can help a veteran in need by donating your unused or unwanted bicycle! You will be providing a veteran with a cost effective, low maintenance way to get from point A to point B.

Vet Bikes

Pick Up Please

A Desperate Need

Organize a suit drive2022-06-30T15:56:41-04:00
Organize a suit drive that provides transitioning service members with business attire to look their best at work

When a service member transitions from military life to civilian life, they face the challenge of entering the civilian job force. To do so, he or she must look professional. This involves trading in their uniform for expensive business attire. Make their transition easier by organizing a suit drive where your employees and other people can donate business attire to transitioning service members.

Save A Suit (CT)

Dress For Success

Suit A Warrior

Help provide clothing to veteran and military families2022-06-30T15:56:41-04:00
Help provide clothing to veteran and military families who have children between the ages of 0-12 years by donating to Baby2Baby

Every parent knows that their kids do not stay the same size their whole lives. As they grow, they will need new clothes. For military and veteran families struggling financially, it can become difficult to continue buying new clothes for their children. Donate the clothes that your children have outgrown of to Baby2Baby in order to help clothe children in need.

Baby2Baby

Donate unused cell phones for service members and veterans2022-06-30T15:56:41-04:00
Donate unused cell phones for service members and veterans to Cell Phones for Soldiers

If you have recently upgraded to a new cell phone and don’t know what to do with your old one or happen to have extras lying around not being used, consider donating them to Cell Phones for Soldiers. You can help connect deployed soldiers to their family and friends while thousands of miles away for extended periods of time.

Cell Phones For Soldiers

Donate clothes, furniture, kitchen appliances, etc2022-06-30T15:56:41-04:00
Donate clothes, furniture, kitchen appliances, etc. to families at the Veterans Association of America or through the Purple Heart Pickup program

Do you have extra clothes, furniture, kitchen appliances, etc. that you don’t know what to do with? Rather than throwing your unwanted belongings out, donate them to a veteran or military family in need of basic amenities! It’s easy to schedule a pick-up time with the below organizations to donate your items!

Veterans Association of America

Purple Heart Pick Up

VVA Pick Up

Support the Good+ Foundation2022-06-30T15:56:41-04:00
Support the Good+ Foundation in its efforts to provide lower income veteran and military families with basic necessities

Baby supplies adds up. Diapers, wipes, food, strollers, car seats. For lower income veteran and military families, affording these necessities can be difficult. Help alleviate the stress of affording baby supplies by organizing a drive and donating to the GOOD+ Foundation.

GOOD+ Foundation (CA & NY)

Host a screening of our documentary “Profiles in Service2022-06-30T15:56:41-04:00
Host a screening of our documentary “Profiles in Service: It Takes a Nation”, and download discussion guides to help to bridge the civilian-military divide in your local community

With only 1% of the population serving in the military, it comes as no surprise that there is a gap between the military and civilian community. Watching our documentary will help bridge that gap and increase support for service members, veterans and their families. So, grab some popcorn and check it out!

Profiles in Service: It Takes a Nation

If you are interested in joining our PATRIOTlink program – email us2022-06-30T15:56:41-04:00
If you’re an organization that provides services, support, or resources to service members, veterans, & their families, and are interested in joining our PATRIOTlink program – email us

PATRIOTlink is a cloud-based resource navigation platform built by service providers, for service providers to make finding and leveraging resources as easy as possible for nonprofit or government service providers assisting veterans and their families. Joining our PATRIOTlink program will truly benefit you and your cause!

Have a specific way you’d like to give back but don’t know where to begin? Contact us!2022-06-30T15:56:41-04:00
Have a specific way you’d like to give back but don’t know where to begin? Contact us!

At COSF, we always appreciate hearing new ways people think of to give back. We will do what we can and help you start! Contact us to get started.

Read & Sign the Code of Support2022-06-30T15:56:41-04:00
Read & Sign the Code of Support, and encourage your friends and family do the same

By signing the Code of Support, you can show service members, veterans and their families that you pledge to give them your full support and you will share the responsibility for defending America’s freedom.

Sign the Code

Volunteer and train as a COSF case coordinator2022-06-30T15:56:41-04:00
Volunteer and train as a COSF case coordinator and help veterans and their families get the support they need. For more information call (571) 527-3234 or email us

Volunteering and training as a COSF case coordinator is a fantastic way to directly help veterans and their families get the support they need! You could change a family’s life for the better and make a difference in the world.

Case Coordination

Sign up for our Newsletter and keep up with our many activities2022-06-30T15:56:41-04:00
Sign up for our Newsletter and keep up with our many activities

Here at COSF, there are always new stories, events and activities going on! Sign up for our Newsletter to read about them and share with friends!

Follow us on social media2022-06-30T15:56:41-04:00
Follow us on social media and keep up to date with the happenings of COSF

Engage with us on social media. We post and share things often and love to interact with our followers! Like and share our posts and tweets with your friends and family!

Make a donation to the Code of Support Foundation2022-06-30T15:56:41-04:00
Make a donation to the Code of Support Foundation

Donors like you make it possible for our team at COSF to provide essential and critical one-on-one assistance to struggling service members, veterans and their families with complex needs. Your donations, no matter how big or small, help sustain our organization and make a difference in the lives of service members, veterans and their families.

Donate

Are you a service member, veteran, or military family? Tell us your story!2022-06-30T15:56:41-04:00
Are you a service member, veteran, or military family? Tell us your story! Are you a civilian who has touched the lives of military and veteran communities? Share your experience! – contact us

Share your story about a time you touched the lives of military and veteran communities or, for service members, veterans and their families, tell a story of how someone else touched your life! Sharing stories is a powerful way to demonstrate the impact people have on others through service.

Share 99 Ways to Get Involved2022-06-30T15:56:41-04:00
Share 99 Ways to Get Involved with friends and family on social media using #99ways

With so many different ways to get involved, it is easy to choose which one (or 12) you can do! Share your story and how you impacted the lives of service members, veterans and their families using #99ways.

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Military families and veterans dealing with post-deployment and reintegration challenges2022-06-30T15:56:41-04:00
Military families and veterans dealing with post-deployment and reintegration challenges: discover the help you need

It is never easy for veteran and military families to deal with post-deployment and reintegration challenges. At times, it may seem like you are alone. Utilize the resources available to you in order to make your challenges a little less challenging.

Create The Good

American Red Cross

National Military Family Association

Code of Support Foundation

Volunteer to support military spouses2022-06-30T15:56:57-04:00
Volunteer to support military spouses

Armed service members would not be able to do what they do without the support of their spouses. That is why it is important to not only support veterans and service members, but also their loved ones. Do so by volunteering and learning more about what they go through in order to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of how they serve our country.

Supporting Military Spouses

How To Support Military Spouses

13 Ways To Show Your Support

Adopt a military service member or a military family2022-06-30T15:56:57-04:00
Adopt a military service member or a military family and provide support during deployment

It’s not easy being apart from a loved one during deployment. At times, both service members and their family members feel quite alone. By adopting a military service member or a military family member you provide them with support, encouragement and friendship.

Spirit Of Sharing

Operation We Are Here

Homefront Hugs

Operation Christmas Spirit

Reach out to military families in your community and offer your friendship2022-06-30T15:56:57-04:00
Reach out to military families in your community and offer your friendship

Imagine how difficult it would be to uproot and move your family every 2-3 years. Military families often must relocate and start over in new communities. By reaching out and offering your friendship, you can provide military families with support and a feeling of belonging in their new community.

Why Appreciate Military Families?

18 Ways To Reach Out

Why Military Families Make The Best Friends

Military family members preparing for a deployment2022-06-30T15:56:57-04:00
Military family members preparing for a deployment: take a coping-with-deployment course

The emotional toll deployments have on military family members is strenuous. Taking a course that teaches family members how to cope with deployment can better prepare you and your family for dealing with such a drastic change. It can offer useful resources and tools that provide a sense of reassurance and support as well.

American Red Cross

Project ADAPT

How To Help

Blue Star Families

Organize a blood drive, volunteer at a blood drive, or give blood2022-06-30T15:56:57-04:00
Organize a blood drive, volunteer at a blood drive, or give blood for service members, veterans, & their families

In war zones, injuries and casualties are unavoidable. When soldiers are wounded and suffer from a loss of blood, they rely on the blood donations given to the ASBP. By donating blood, you help ensure that no soldier goes without help!

Armed Services Blood Program

3 Easy Steps

Provide childcare for service members, veterans and their families2022-06-30T15:56:57-04:00
Provide childcare for service members, veterans and their families

Moving from new place to new place can make it difficult for military families to find reliable, affordable childcare. Provide your services to military and veteran families. Having access to dependable childcare assures these families that their children are in good hands.

Care.com

Sitter City

Child Care Aware

Receive coaching from licensed psychologists & social workers who can help2022-06-30T15:56:57-04:00
Are you a friend or family member of veteran who is in need of help but aren’t sure how to motivate them to do so? Receive coaching from licensed psychologists & social workers who can help

It’s never easy to motivate people to reach out and get help when you are unsure of how to do so. Friends and family members of veterans can help their loved ones by getting help from licensed professionals. They can teach you what to do and how to help!

Coaching Into Care

National Center For PTSD

Help Your Veteran Get Needed Care

Nominate a deserving family to win a decorated home for the holiday season2022-06-30T15:56:57-04:00
Nominate a deserving family to win a decorated home for the holiday season

The holiday season is a time of giving! Help out a local military family by nominating them to receive a decorated home for the holidays. This will provide lucky families with a sense of community and holiday cheer!

Christmas Decor

Military parents, family and friends, learn how to care for your children during and after deployments2022-06-30T15:56:57-04:00
Military parents, family and friends, learn how to care for your children during and after deployments

Children are greatly affected by the deployment of their parents. Take action and learn how to help your child adjust and cope during a time of transition. They will surely benefit in the long term!

Camp C.O.P.E.

Real Warriors

Children Coping With Deployment

Cook/Bake for a Military or Veteran Family2022-06-30T15:56:58-04:00
Cook/Bake for a military or veteran family

Military and veteran families often deal with emotional stress that takes up much of their time and energy. Help them out by preparing a meal or baking for them! Your thoughtfulness and kindness will make their lives easier and will show you care!

Meal Train

Help Provide Meals

Feed Our Vets

Buy a Wheelchair for a Veteran2022-06-30T15:56:58-04:00
Buy a wheelchair for a veteran

Imagine returning from service, injured without access to needed medical equipment. Help out a wounded veteran by donating a wheelchair and providing him/her with mobilization. By providing a vet with mobilization, you open doors that can lead to a better life.

The Global Wheelchair Mission

VFW

American Wheelchair Mission

Veteran family members living with Post Traumatic Stress2022-06-30T15:56:58-04:00
Veteran family members living with Post Traumatic Stress and/or Traumatic Brain Injury: find peer support, information and coping techniques

When veterans return from deployment suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), their families are directly affected. Family members should know that they are not alone. Establishing a network of peer support and learning coping strategies can help alleviate the strain of living with PTSD or TBI and can help strengthen strained relationships.

Familiy Of A Vet

Love Our Vets

Family & Friends

Give a ‘Shower in a Box’ to a military mom-to-be2022-06-30T15:56:58-04:00
Give a ‘Shower in a Box’ to a military mom-to-be to show your appreciation

Becoming expectant parents is both exciting and scary. It may be difficult to gather the funds needed to buy all the necessary supplies for having a baby. Giving a “Shower in a Box” is an easy way to show your support and help supply expectant military parents with useful items!

Operation Shower

Baby Shower In-A-Box

The Mouse House

Build a Network of Support for Your Local Veteran & Military Communities2022-06-30T15:56:58-04:00
Build a network of support for your local veteran & military communities by connecting them with community organizations and other community members in an effort towards inclusion and integration

Being apart of veteran and military communities often leaves people feeling isolated from surrounding civilian communities. Show your acceptance and support for veteran and military families by encouraging them to engage with community organizations and their neighbors. Every military family hopes to feel as though they belong. Do your part and help build a network of support!

Points Of Light

VFW

American Legion

Learn About Our Military Children & Families2022-06-30T15:56:58-04:00
Learn about our military children & families and how you you can help support and connect with them

Unless you are apart of the military community, it is difficult to understand what they experience day-to-day. By learning about military children and their families, you gain insight into military culture and understand what they may need. This better enables you to support and connect with them, resulting in a more inclusive community!

Military Child

‘Military Children’: Their Struggles, Sacrifices And Strengths

Dear Civilians

National Military Family Association

Meet the Current Requests of Wounded Veteran Families2022-06-30T15:56:58-04:00
Meet the current requests of wounded veteran families

The strain of taking care of a wounded veteran can be extremely taxing on the caregiver and the veteran’s family members. Helping to alleviate this strain by meeting the current requests of wounded veteran families can be incredibly helpful and supportive. Get in contact with a local VA or the Quality of Life Foundation to find out how you can do your part!

Quality Of Life Foundation

Simple Ways To Help

VA Hospital Locations

Read to Children of Military Families2022-06-30T15:56:58-04:00
Read to children of military families

Share your love for reading with children of military families! Books can take you anywhere and can spark imagination. For a military child, this can come in handy when he/she moves frequently and faces the challenge of starting over in a new place.

Reach Out & Read

Reading Partners

The Reading Connection (DC Metro Area)

Show Your Support for our Military & Veteran Communities2022-06-30T15:56:58-04:00
Show your support for our military & veteran communities while giving back to the organizations that provide the support & services they need by volunteering your time

It’s easy to show your support for military and veteran communities! Try volunteering to lead one of your local Blue Star Families chapters or buy and wear a “survival strap”, proceeds going towards supporting the men and women in the Armed Services.

Blue Star Families

Our Heroe’s Journey

Our Forgotten Warriors

Survial Strap

Be a Camp Counselor or Mentor2022-06-30T15:56:58-04:00
Be a camp counselor or mentor for military children & children of the fallen

Become a role model for military children and the children of the fallen while volunteering to work as a camp counselor or mentor! Working as a camp counselor is a great way to spend the summer and impact kids’ lives. It’s hard to imagine just what military children go through, and by leading them at camp, you can gain insight and understanding as well.

Big Brothers & Big Sisters Of America

TAPS

4-H Military Partnerships

Learn More About Veteran Homelessness2022-06-30T15:56:58-04:00
Learn more about veteran homelessness and how you can help

11% of the adult homeless population are veterans. 51% of homeless veterans have disabilities and 50% live with mental illness. Learn more about veteran homelessness and how you can help. In doing so, you can help save lives and give back to the service men and women who served to protect your freedoms!

National Coalition For Homeless Veterans

Homeless Veterans

Homeless Veterans Task Force

Plant a Community Garden2022-06-30T15:57:11-04:00
Plant a community garden in honor of our armed service members and veterans

If you are looking for a way to use your gardening skills and bring your community together, then consider planting a community garden! You can help beautify your community and provide affordable access to organic, healthy foods. You can also dedicate your garden to our armed service members and veterans as a way to say thank you for their service and sacrifice!

American Community Garden Association

Healthy Places

Conduct a “Warrior Transition Workshop”2022-06-30T15:57:11-04:00
Conduct a “Warrior Transition Workshop” to help wounded warriors, veterans, & military spouses with job searches, resume writing, interview skills, networking, & more

Remember searching for your first job? You had to find a job you were interested in, write an impressive resume and make it through the interview process. Imagine being a veteran fresh out of the military with little to no experience searching for a job. Help make the transition easier for service members, veterans and their spouses by holding a Warrior Transition Workshop or volunteering to mentor them.

Healing Heroes Network

American Corporate Partners

WHW Empowering Employment Success

Help Accelerate the Ability of Veterans and Their Families2022-06-30T15:57:11-04:00
Help accelerate the ability of veterans and their families to start and succeed as small business owners

Small businesses are vital to our economy. Do your part and support both your community and veteran business owners and their families. Provide your entrepreneurial expertise and mentor small business owners in order to help them succeed!

SCORE: Veteran Fast Launch

American Corporate Partners

V-Wise

Donate Gently Worn, Professional Clothing2022-06-30T15:57:12-04:00
Donate gently worn, professional clothing to Dress for Success or other consignment organizations to help female veterans get a job

The pressure to look your best in the workplace can be overwhelming, especially for transitioning service women. The financial strain of having to afford a whole new wardrobe in order to enter a new professional setting can be difficult to manage. You can help by donating your gently used professional clothing to Dress for Success or other consignment businesses that provide affordable clothing options for women.

Purple Heart Pick Up

Dress For Success

Wardrobe For Opportunity

Donate Apparel

Support Veterans, Military Spouse Entrepreneurs and Business Owners2022-06-30T15:57:12-04:00
Support veterans, military spouse entrepreneurs and business owners

With so many options to buy products and services from different businesses, why not choose to support veterans and the military community in the process? Buying from and using services provided by veterans, military spouse entrepreneurs and business owners keeps them in business and shows your gratitude for their service.

The Rosie Network

Buy Veteran

VetBiz

Companies: Organize a Suit Drive2022-06-30T15:57:12-04:00
Companies: organize a suit drive that provides transitioning service members with business attire

Do you remember how expensive it was putting together an appropriate, professional wardrobe when beginning your first job? When service members leave the military for the civilian world, they are faced with the price of trading their uniform for a suit. Help transitioning service members by organizing a drive or donating a suit or other professional attire to donation centers across the country.

Save A Suit (CT)

Dress For Success

Suit A Warrior

Businesses: Offer Discounts2022-06-30T15:57:12-04:00
Businesses: offer discounts to our service members, veterans, and their families

Thank the servicemen and women who risk their lives in the line of duty in order to protect your freedoms. Offer discounts to service members, veterans and their families. Doing so not only helps them and their families, but also helps establish a positive reputation for your business! It’s a small thank you for a big sacrifice.

VetTix

“Why Should I Offer A Military Discount?”

Engage in Cause-Related Marketing Projects2022-06-30T15:57:12-04:00
Engage in Cause-Related Marketing projects and focus on service members, veterans and their families in order to raise awareness and support the military

People prefer to support organizations that stand by a cause they believe in. Develop cause-related marketing strategies that focuses on veterans, service members and their families. This not only helps your business but also helps service members, veterans and their families by raising awareness and encouraging support.

Cause Related Marketing

Veteran Strong

Examples

Learn About the Advantages and Benefits of Hiring Veterans2022-06-30T15:57:12-04:00
Learn about the advantages and benefits of hiring veterans

It may seem difficult to hire people that will perform to your satisfaction in the workplace. Hiring veterans will make this task easier! Many are disciplined, driven and have the skills you are looking for. Consider hiring a veteran and learn more about the advantages and benefits of hiring veterans!

Easter Seals

Bradley-Morris INC

10 Reasons To Hire Vets

US Department Of Veterans Affairs

Volunteer or Instruct an Art Class2022-06-30T15:57:12-04:00
Volunteer or instruct an art class for our veterans & active duty service members

Art is a powerful tool for coping that can provide veterans and service members with a positive, emotional outlet. Putting energy into art allows people to express how they feel and channel their thoughts and emotions into their work. Volunteering to participate in or instruct an art class allows you to encourage veterans and service members to continue their journey towards improving their mental health!

American Healing Arts Foundation (AZ)

VetArt

Send a Care Package to Deployed Soldiers2022-06-30T15:57:12-04:00
Send a care package to deployed soldiers

Deployments send soldiers thousands of miles away from home for extended periods of time. Often soldiers feel homesick and lonely. Filling care packages with activities, cards, movies and music can offer a welcome distraction from the realities of deployment and war. You can remind soldiers that they are not forgotten and that they are greatly missed by sending a care package.

Any Soldier

Adopt A Soldier

Operation Gratitude

Support Our Troops

Hero Care Packages

Put Together a Care Package2022-06-30T15:57:12-04:00
Put together a customized care package to support military women by supplying them with needed feminine care products and other useful items

You can make a deployed service woman’s day by sending her a care package filled with the items she doesn’t have access to abroad! Items as simple as hair ties, bobby pins, and books are great to send. Plus, sending a care package lets service women know that you are thinking about them and are grateful for their service and sacrifice.

Operation Courage Is Beautiful

Women’s Care Package

Host a Card-Making Event2022-06-30T15:57:12-04:00
Host a card-making event to stay in touch with deployed soldiers, to say thank you to veterans for their service or to send holiday cheer

Making and sending cards are great ways to show service members and veterans your appreciation for their sacrifices. A thank you letter can make everything they do (or did) worthwhile, and a card received during the holidays can boost moral! Consider turning your card making endeavors into a fun social event by inviting friends and family to join you!

Operation Write Home

Holidays For Heroes

Operation Gratitude

Make a Quilt for a Veteran or Servicemember2022-06-30T15:57:12-04:00
Put your quilting skills to work and make a quilt for a veteran or servicemember

Do you have a talent or passion for quilting? Wrap a veteran or service member in hope, healing and support by providing him/her with a quality quilt. In doing so, you can give back and say thank you for their service!

Quilts Of Valor

American Hero Quilts

Quilts Of Honor

Foster a Pet2022-06-30T15:57:12-04:00

Foster a pet while a soldier is training or deployed

When soldiers deploy, they leave behind loved ones, including pets. You can provide service members with peace of mind by fostering their pets while they are away. Knowing that their pets are loved and cared for in their absence allows soldiers to serve and protect our freedoms with one less thing to worry about!

Guardian Angels For Soldier’s Pets

Military Foster Program

Dogs On Deployment

Fostering Military Pets

Work With and Train Service Dogs2022-06-30T15:57:12-04:00
Become a trainer or volunteer to work with and train service dogs for veterans

Do you love dogs and enjoy helping people? Become a trainer or volunteer to work with and train service dogs for veterans! You can change a life by helping pair a veteran with a companion that will help him or her heal from the aftermath of war.

Patriot Paws

Canines For Service (NC)

Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation (CT)

Volunteer with America’s VetDogs2022-06-30T15:57:12-04:00

Volunteer to be a weekend puppy trainer, serve as an advisor on the board of directors, work in the kennels and/or host fundraising events for America’s VetDogs

Many veterans and service members suffer from emotional injury and/or physical injury as a result of serving in the line of duty. Both service dogs and emotional support dogs provide veterans and service members with the support needed to better function in the civilian world. By volunteering your time and engaging with organizations that help provide veterans with service dogs, you help veterans, service members and their families cope and heal.

America’s VetDogs

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