Defense Credit Unions Give Hope
Thursday, June 18, 2020
Hope for the Warriors, 2018 Showcase With a Purpose Military Charity
by Brittany Boccher, DCUC Special Projects Coordinator
The coronavirus has disrupted everyday life around the world, shuttering businesses and forcing conferences and social gatherings to be moved online or canceled all together. This has been extremely hard on individuals and organizations that thrive on connection and community. Despite these challenging times, the Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC), just like Hope for the Warriors, has chosen to focus on the positive, because you can’t cancel HOPE.
Over the last 17 years, DCUC and its conference attendees, guests, and exhibitors have joined together to raise almost $350,000 for charities that support military families, wounded veterans, and the families of those killed in action. This focus on charity gets at the heart of DCUC’s mission of “Serving Those Who Serve Our Country” and allows the DCUC community to give back in a meaningful way. In 2018, DCUC selected Hope for the Warriors as the charity of choice for its annual Showcase with a Purpose.
Recently, DCUC reached out to Hope for the Warriors to see what impact the funds raised had on their on-going mission. Hope for the Warriors provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources. During these trying times, Hope for the Warriors bridges social distancing through virtual services that provide wraparound care.
It is with the support from DCUC that Hope for the Warriors has been able to pivot and provide these services to include:
- Resilient Warrior & Resilient Family: Resilient Warrior is designed to help a service member or veteran cope with stressful events, teaching one to control his or her mind and body’s responses to stress. The six-week course is free to warriors as well as the spouses and adult caregivers who provide support.
- Caregiver HUB: This Facebook group is an ongoing source of resources and dialogue for the post-9/11 military caregiver community. Virtual wellness workshops address relevant topics and encourage self-care.
- Physical Wellness and Training: Our Sports & Recreation Team uses virtual platforms such as Soflete, Strava and Virtual Runs to engage runners in good, healthy practices, train marathoners running in support of HOPE, as well as build physical and strength and resiliency.
- Warrior’s Compass: When job expos and professional conferences are being cancelled across the country, HOPE has a powerful online platform for job seekers that provide access to mentors and resources that keep career-seeking veterans and military spouses actively engaged in professional development.
“Last year, Hope for the Warriors provided over 12,000 services to the warrior community, and that number increases every year,” said Hope For The Warriors Chief Impact Officer Emma Walsh. “Our virtual programs were built to meet the warrior community where they are. Who knew a virus would make them even more essential as we continue our mission?”
Despite our annual conference being canceled this year, DCUC will continue with our tradition and commitment to “Serving Those Who Serve Our Country” by supporting American Gold Star Mothers of Northern CA. While plans are still being made, they include an online silent auction and the ever-popular raffle for a patriotic blanket generously made and donated by Eileen Ehrsam, Pen Air FCU.