Hidden Heroes Fund Announces 2017 Grants
The Elizabeth Dole Foundation recently announced four Washington, D.C.- area organizations as recipients of 2017 grants from the Foundation’s Hidden Heroes Fund. The Fund is dedicated to supporting innovative program making a direct impact in the lives of America’s military and veteran caregivers.
More than half a million dollars will be distributed to fourteen nonprofit organizations to create new initiatives or expand existing programs. The 2017 grant recipients were competitively selected from among nearly 150 applications from organizations nationally.
“When the Foundation launched Hidden Heroes in September, we renewed our commitment to do all we can to improve the lives of military caregivers, those spouses, mothers, dads, children, siblings, and friends who are caring for America’s wounded warriors,” said Senator Elizabeth Dole. “As part of this multifaceted initiative, we established the Hidden Heroes Fund to award grants to nonprofit organizations that are making a real difference in the lives of America’s military and veteran caregivers.”
The four Washington, DC-area organizations include:
- Code of Support Foundation – Code of Support Foundation, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, provides essential one-on-one case management assistance to struggling service members, veterans and their families. The organization received the grant to employ their first-ever Military Caregiver Peer Navigator, who will provide critical support and resource navigation counsel to more than 500 caregivers and their families in 2017.
- Military Officers Association of America – Military Officers Association of America, the nation’s largest association of military officers, will update its Guide for the Legal and Financial Aspects of Caregiving, a product the Elizabeth Dole Foundation helped launch in 2014. These necessary updates will help ensure that the guide accurately reflects the current and evolving needs for military and veteran caregivers across the nation.
- American Red Cross – The American Red Cross will develop a new caregiver-specific module for its Reconnection Workshops. Through this grant, the Red Cross will develop a new set of effective, free and confidential skill-building workshops led by military-competent, licensed mental health professionals that will help military caregivers and their children more effectively cope with the unique demands of caring for a wounded, ill and injured service member. In partnership with Camp Corral in North Carolina, a one-of-a-kind camp for children of fallen, injured or ill servicemen and women, the Red Cross will bring Reconnection Workshops to more kids across the nation.
- Yellow Ribbon Fund – Yellow Ribbon Fund assists military families through the difficulty of transition/reintegration by providing community support and financial assistance. In 2017, Yellow Ribbon Fund will extend their Family Caregiver Program further on a national level. Having recently branched out to Kentucky, southern California, North Carolina, and Texas, Yellow Ribbon Fund will expand those programs and add a Colorado location.
Selection criteria for the grants include: the organization’s effectiveness in addressing military caregivers’ unique needs as determined by the Foundation-commissioned RAND study which established baseline research on the status of military caregivers; alignment with the Foundation’s eight critical impact areas: community support at home, education and training, employment, faith and spirituality, financial and legal support, mental and physical health, military family support and respite care; use of evidence-based resources to inform the creation of effective programming for caregivers; and the replicability of the program.