The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
WE HELP PREVENT HOMELESSNESS AND SUICIDES BY PROVIDING OUR VETERANS COMRADERY, MENTORING, FAMILY HEALING AND VALUABLE EXPRESSIVE ARTS INDUSTRY SKILLS FOR ECONOMIC STABILITY AND SUCCESSFUL REINTEGRATION INTO CIVILIAN LIFE. Read more
WE HELP PREVENT HOMELESSNESS AND SUICIDES BY PROVIDING OUR VETERANS COMRADERY, MENTORING, FAMILY HEALING AND VALUABLE EXPRESSIVE ARTS INDUSTRY SKILLS FOR ECONOMIC STABILITY AND SUCCESSFUL REINTEGRATION INTO CIVILIAN LIFE.
CDS Programs serve our Veterans first, but are open to Our Military Families (OMF) (active duty, reserve and their families).
Expressive Arts research shows it to be effective at augmenting traditional trauma interventions because it provides creative outlets that enhance attention and awareness abilities in productive, corrective ways to promote healing, thus mitigating trauma potentials during reintegration into civilian life. The CDS Expressive Arts Instruction Outreach (EAIO) Programs not only promote healing and teach self-advocacy, but also translate into positive economic changes for our EAU Members. when learn Expressive Arts skills that lead to enjoyable employment and increase their capacities for career success within the Arts Fields. Our EAU Members learn valuable industry knowledge from our mentors to build networks, start new careers, gain practical work experience and earn extra income by participating in our Mission Support Program (MSP) Veteran Artist Employment Project (VAE). Expressive Arts Instruction, employment skills, life skills, Naturopathic philosophies and Trauma Informed Care assist CDS and our EAU Instructors to support our EAU Members suffering from trauma and reintegration issues by eliminate barriers -- such as stigmas associated with mental health issues and disabilities - through creative expression to achieve post-service success.