GCU Lodge 164 check presentation.

GCU Lodge 164 & St. Mary’s Church Host Bingo

Dr. Tom Sopkovich called Veterans’ Outreach to let us know that they had hosted a Bingo event on Mother’s Day that benefitted 3 Youngstown service organizations.  Veterans’ Outreach was one of the beneficiaries for the third year in a row!  We are sooooo grateful for the community joining our mission to serve and honor all veterans.  

The funds raised will help many veterans with their most pressing needs including gas, food, utility payments, rent and so on – things that they are really struggling with right now.  Our nation’s service men and women deserve our utmost gratitude and that is why we stand ready to serve and honor.  Thank you GCU Lodge 164 and St. Mary’s Church and all those that worked to make this event a success.

GCU Lodge 164 fundraiser flyer.


Veterans' Outreach Case of the Week 6-13-22

Veterans Win at Hollywood Casino

Hollywood Casino patrons and some of its sister properties patrons have been silently raising funds to help veterans in need.  Hollywood has provided the option to donate change to Veterans’ Outreach when cashing out.  

Since they began offering this option, they have raised more than $25,000!  That translates into helping veterans with problems they couldn’t overcome on their own.  Things like homelessness, rent, utilities, auto repair, home repair, insurances, relocation, work boots, food, and fuel – whatever the most immediate is, that is what we do.

Thank you to the great patriots at Hollywood and all those that have opted to donate their change.


Veterans' Outreach Case of the Week 5-30-22

Celebrate Veterans on Memorial Day

Veterans’ Outreach mission is to serve and honor all veterans.  Memorial Day is a day for all of us to think about what it means to serve our nation.  A Veteran is a special unselfish person that is willing to offer their life to ensure our nations’ protection. 

We celebrate Veterans that have passed on and we honor their memory in our thoughts and in our hearts and we thank them.  The following is a short history of how “Memorial Day” began.

The story of Memorial Day begins in the summer of 1865, when a prominent local druggist, Henry C. Welles, mentioned to some of his friends at a social gathering that while praising the living veterans of the Civil War it would be well to remember the patriotic dead by placing flowers on their graves. 

Nothing resulted from this suggestion until he advanced the idea again the following spring to General John B. Murray. Murray, a civil war hero and intensely patriotic, supported the idea wholeheartedly and marshalled veterans’ support. Plans were developed for a more complete celebration by a local citizens’ committee headed by Welles and Murray.

On May 5, 1866, the Village was decorated with flags at half mast, draped with evergreens and mourning black. Veterans, civic societies, and residents, led by General Murray, marched to the strains of martial music to the three village cemeteries. There impressive ceremonies were held, and soldiers’ graves decorated. 

One year later, on May 5, 1867, the ceremonies were repeated. In 1868, Waterloo joined with other communities in holding their observance on May 30th, in accordance with General Logan’s orders. It has been held annually ever since.

Waterloo held the first formal, village wide, annual observance of a day dedicated to honoring the war dead. On March 7, 1966, the State of New York recognized Waterloo by a proclamation signed by Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller. 

This was followed by recognition from Congress of the United States when the House of Representatives and the Senate unanimously passed House Concurrent Resolution 587 on May 17th and May 19th, 1966, respectively. 

This reads in part as follows: “Resolved that the Congress of the United States, in recognition of the patriotic tradition set in motion one hundred years ago in the Village of Waterloo, NY, does hereby officially recognize Waterloo, New York as the birthplace of Memorial Day …”

On May 26, 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson, signed a Presidential Proclamation recognizing Waterloo as the Birthplace of Memorial Day.

Buster's Brigade

Buster’s Brigade Helps Veterans’ Pets

Recently, a Veterans’ Outreach team member reached out to a local non-profit called Buster’s Brigade.  Buster’s Brigade is committed to providing financial and material assistance for the basic and emergency needs of dogs and cats in Mahoning County and surrounding areas. 

When Buster’s Brigade learned about veterans with pets in need of food and care, they wasted no time in donating several large bags of food.  They offered their help for veterans in need of help with their animal’s care.  They have a deep passion for pets, and just want to help families keep their pets healthy and at home.

Thank you, Buster’s Brigade!

Veterans' Outreach Case of the Week 5-16-22

Agencies Work Together to Aid Veteran in Trouble

A veteran found himself in a situation where he would be homeless in a matter of days.  An agency was trying to provide assistance but needed documentation that the veteran did not have easy access to.   He had a storage unit that held the documents that he needed to prevent homelessness.  So, this other agency referred him to Veterans’ Outreach.

Veterans’ Outreach was able to remit the unpaid rent of the storage unit, the veteran was able to gather his documents, and the other agency was able to provide him housing.  This is how Veterans’ Outreach works with like-minded agencies to provide the best solution for veterans’ issues that overwhelm them without duplicating services.

Veterans' Outreach Case of the Week 5-9-22

Northcoast Miata Club Hosts Sock Drive

Todd and Dee Tannehill were the driving force for the Northcoast Miata Club to host a sock drive to benefit veterans.  The club had an early spring car cruise called “Freeze Your Butt Off”.  The participants were asked to donate a pair of socks to keep veterans warm.  They gathered 189 pairs of socks!

The socks will be warmly received by veterans.  Thank you, Todd, Dee, and all those that participated.  


Veterans' Outreach Case of the Week 5-2-22

Veteran and Children Escape Domestic Abuse

A female veteran with 4 children escaped a domestic abuse situation.  She was very distraught and didn’t know where to turn.  They had no place to live, no food or clothing.  She desperately didn’t want to go to a shelter with the children.  

She ended up at Veterans’ Outreach.  The Services Director spent a lot of time with her to understand the entire situation and develop a workable solution.  Veterans’ Outreach was able to help her with immediate temporary housing and referrals to partnering agencies to establish permanent housing.  They were all able to pick out some clothing and hygiene items.  She also received boxes of food and some gas cards.  She arrived at Veterans’ Outreach dazed and confused, but left knowing that she could care for her children and that people have her back.

Veterans' Outreach Spotlight of the Week

9th Annual NCAA Calcutta Auction Benefits Veterans

A true Patriot organized a very successful event.  All 64 teams were auctioned off to the highest bidder.  The further a team advanced, the more $$$ the bidders won.  

But the real winners from this event are veterans.  This donation will provide financial assistance to dozens of veterans with their most immediate needs – things that they can’t handle on their own.  We are amazed and incredibly grateful for the generosity of Cody Holecko, the organizer of the event.  We thank you and all the participants for supporting our mission to respectfully serve and honor all veterans.

Veterans Home Repair Program

A veteran needed some help with entry to his home. His home is a typical two-story home in the city. It’s older and the steps to his home rotted away to the point of being dangerous and unusable.

He lives on a fixed income and this update was outside of the budget. Thanks to a grant from Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, Veterans’ Outreach was able to help this veteran with access to his home, new treated lumber steps wide enough to accommodate the home’s large porch.

He was very grateful. Everyone at Veterans’ Outreach is thankful to the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley for supporting programs that meet the needs of veterans.



Veterans' Outreach Case of the Week 4-11-22

Veterans Volunteer to Help Grieving Veteran Mom

A female Army veteran’s daughter had recently passed on. On top of that, she desperately needed furniture for her home. She was going through a very difficult time and had no one to help her. Veterans’ Outreach helped her raise money to pay for her daughter’s funeral. The community pulled together and donated a living room set, a washer and bed. The generosity made her day, helped her with not only the physical items she needed, but the emotional support helped tremendously.

She tried for weeks to get someone to help her pick up the furniture for her home. Then one day, some veterans were volunteering in the Freedom Food Pantry that had trucks. Without a second thought, they volunteered to take the items and more to her home.

Veterans helping another veteran.  We are humbled by the real-life changing efforts that we are able to perform and grateful to be part of a team that pulls together to help.