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.
To conquer PTSD Through Physical Activity, Peer Support, and Connection
Every day, 22 veteran lives are lost to suicide, often as a consequence of PTSD related depression and isolation. Our mission is to end this terrible statistic. Victory Gym VHC was formed and continues to be operated by disabled veterans with the assistance of civilian volunteers. We have the unique ability to address the specific needs of combat veterans through firsthand knowledge. Victory Gym VHC offers a community where members "speak the same language", share similar experiences, and can once again feel comradery and a sense of importance.
The goal at Victory Gym VHC is to promote a healthy lifestyle through physical fitness, peer PTSD and caregiver therapy, woodworking and art therapy, team building, and social interaction. All services are provided to veterans, members of our armed services, and first responders at no cost. Civilian members are welcomed at a nominal monthly fee as part of an effort to serve the local community while facilitating the transition of veterans into a non-military environment. We are also in the process of developing and implementing at-risk youth group counseling and physical fitness programs.
This is an amazing organization to be a part of. Duties are minimal, volunteering for events is a great time, you can workout while you're working...most importantly you get to shake hands and get to know the Veterans and First Responders that you are helping. It is truly an honor and a humbling experience everytime I volunteer.