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Joining Forces: Women Veterans Speak Out: Helping People and Communities

Posted by danielleac on October 10, 2011

Read the latest article of BPW Foundation’s every-other-week Joining Forces feature that brings us the voices of women veterans telling their stories.  If you are a women veteran who would like to share your story, please contact us through our Joining Forces for Women Veterans Facebook page, or email dcorazza@bpwfoundation.org

Helping People and Communities..

By Danielle Corazza

Many times over the last year as I’ve been working in the non-profit arena, I’ve met representatives of companies that swear up and down they want to help veterans, specifically women veterans. And, just as many times, I’ve watched the company backpedal or flip-flop, saying they don’t have enough money to help, or they have other priorities, or maybe next year. Same old story, different faces.

I’ve also watched these same companies fly their executives all around the country for “face time” in the media, or to attend back-patting ceremonies, where the suits pat themselves on the back for a job well done, and give each other awards.

Very little of this actually aids or assists veterans. Much money is wasted in the pursuit of more money and recognition, and the only one who loses in this scenario are the folks that could use the services.

Thankfully, there are some exceptions to this rule.

Last year, Alliant Credit Union Foundation donated money to sponsor the inaugural Joining Forces for Women Veterans Summit , a function BPW Foundation  hosted to connect and educate corporate, government, nonprofit, and community leaders on the challenges facing women veterans, and to develop solutions to ensure suitable housing, meaningful jobs, and successful re-integration support for all women veterans.  (webcast available here)

Alliant’s mission is simple: helping people and communities. As one of the largest credit unions in the country, Alliant is a vital partner in the communities it serves, and continues to donate time, money, and services to help those in need not only function, but thrive.

Not content to stop at helping raise awareness, Alliant continued to focus on ways to give back to women veterans, and this year, has included the Joining Forces campaign as part of its new Make It Count campaign. This social media campaign asks the communities to get involved, by voting through Facebook for the charity you’d like to see earn funding. And, everybody is a winner! Each of the four charities included will receive funding, with the number of votes deciding whether that amount is $7,000 or the maximum, $13,000.

Since BPW Foundation spends 97% (yes, 97%!) of the funding it receives directly on programming, this will help further our latest venture: the Joining Forces Mentoring Campaign. This campaign aims to connect 10,000 women veterans and military wives with female sponsors by the end of 2012. The Joining Forces for Women Veterans Mentoring Campaign will enable women mentors to tap their own experiences in the workplace to help veterans and military wives successfully enter the civilian workforce, positioning their military expertise and skills for long-term career stability and success.

So, go vote today! Help us earn the $13,000 grant! Make It Count today!


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