American-Made Heroes grant will help train V2VME volunteers more quickly

In August 2020, Vet to Vet Maine was the grateful recipient of a $1900 grant from Evan Williams’s American-Made Heroes Foundation Fund. The fund’s mission is to support America’s military veterans by funding nonprofit organizations that serve the veteran community. The grant was given to support V2VME’s “efforts in positively impacting the lives of U.S. military veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Vet to Vet Maine is using this grant to speed up training for prospective volunteers to our program. Prior to the pandemic, Vet to Vet Maine held in-person training sessions. With the threat to health posed by COVID-19, we were forced to cancel the in-person trainings and Zoom with volunteers, but they often had to wait 3-4 months before another training session was scheduled. This grant has enabled V2VME to begin developing an all on-line training course that will enable our volunteers to go through training individually as soon as they enroll in the program. That way, Vet to Vet Maine will be able to pair the volunteers with veterans who need a friend much more quickly. Thanks to this generous grant, we have completed the initial module and have begun work on the remaining four modules. We are in the process of completing those modules, with a goal of being able to offer immediate, on-line training to prospective volunteers in the next year.

Thank you, Evan Williams!