The North Coast Veteran’s Stand Down Service Fair for Veterans NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!
There is a great event happening soon on the North Coast, and it presents a great opportunity to help those who have served their Country. Beginning Friday, Sep. 30 – Sunday, October 2, 2011, the North Coast Veteran’s Stand Down runs a service fair for Veterans. The event will be held at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Ferndale, CA.
It connects them up with needed services, like the VA and Social Security. Medical, Dental, Haircutting, Massages and even Acupuncture is offered. Veterans are even given clothing and shelter handouts for those that are truly disadvantaged. They are fed through the weekend, are allowed to camp out on the grounds and if they bring a pet we have volunteers to watch after their furry creatures.
This is all very labor intensive, and it is not uncommon to have a total of 300 people help out to fully staff the event. We usually get between 500—700 veterans over the 3-day event. In the past, those that have helped out express a great feeling of involvement for these wonderful Americans.
Recently here on the North Coast, a new Residential Facility near the Co-Op in Eureka opened to provide a safe and se cure place to live for homeless Veterans. The Secretary of Veterans Affairs has pledged to end Homelessness among Veterans by 2014, new resources for Veterans and the Stand Down will go a long way in achieving that goal here on the North Coast. In years past Paul Gallegos, our District Attorney and Supervisors, Mark Lovelace and Jimmy Smith have personally volunteered to help out at the Stand Down.
If you have some free time, even only a few hours that weekend would you please consider volunteering for this spectacular event? It will be greatly appreciated.
These are some of the areas where volunteers are needed: Grounds Maintenance, Clothing Services, Food Services, General Help, Adult Art Space, Pet Services, Participant Guide (Usher), Registration and Check-In, Family and Children. More information and the form to fill out to volunteer can be found on the organization’s website at www.northcoaststanddown.org. They are also on Facebook, and more information can be found on that page to include virtual chat to the event’s organizers to help answer questions that you may have.
The organizers of this event work very hard and are dedicated to our wonderful Veteran community here on the North Coast. There is no similar event in Mendocino and Del Norte, so this event serves as the hub for resources for Veterans. It would mean a lot to me if you could help them out.
Allan L. Dollison