“Thank you for your website. Please keep it going. I used it to find a counselor and it has made a huge difference.”
A service member said this to two staff members as we were handing out information about Give an Hour at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, MD recently. We were gratified to hear these warm words—especially because, given the total confidentiality of our system, those who have received counseling are not required to tell us about their experience. Give an Hour reaches out to military family members through a number of ways. In addition to ads in print and radio media, we have determined that an excellent means to connect with military family members is at resource days, which offer them a range of information, services, and entertainment. For example, on October 20, 2012, Give an Hour and the Norfolk/Hampton Roads, Va., Community Blueprint group participated in the Military Family Festival sponsored by the Tidewater Military Family Services Council. The event not only informed local military families of the resources available to them, it also provided a free, kid-friendly, fun-filled day. At the Give an Hour table, children made military memory bracelets that allowed them to use their creativity and express how it feels to be a military child. Parents received information on Give an Hour and how to access our free counseling resources. Volunteers and GAH staff themselves had a blast and look forward to continuing to aid the military community in the Hampton Roads area.Please support our country’s military family members by donating to Give an Hour to help make sure that free mental health counseling is available to all in need. The Global Giving matching gift campaign for recurring donations makes this a perfect time to sign up as a monthly donor. Give an Hour makes the most of every dollar donated and is able to provide counseling at a cost (to us) of only $17 per hour. Will you give an hour of counseling for only $17 charged to your credit card each month?
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