Enable America’s objective is to increase employment among people with disabilities in the United States. To accomplish this goal, we are taking a two-pronged approach that reaches out to all members of the disability community and the business community.
The first prong of our approach is to host a series of Community Connection Meetings across the nation. These meetings are the first step in creating a national information-sharing network comprised of local community task forces devoted to eliminating the barriers to employment for disabled individuals.
The second prong of our approach is to host a series of business breakfast meetings as a follow-up to the Community Connection Meetings. These meetings will include business leaders, managers, resource professionals, and inspirational speakers. The goal of the Business to Business Meetings is to encourage prospective employers to hire disabled job seekers by demonstrating the many benefits of hiring disabled employees and by answering questions that businesses may have about issues such as personnel policies, taxes and insurance.
Our goal with this two-pronged approach is to embrace not only individuals with disabilities and the many organizations and service providers that support them, but also business leaders in their communities as well.
THE SOLDIERS AND AIRMEN ASSISTANCE FUND, INC. (SAAF)
The Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Fund, Inc. (SAAF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, supporting the needs of North Carolina’s citizen soldiers in the North Carolina National Guard. It focuses it’s charitable purposes exclusively in support of the NC National Guard. It is a non-military organization, governed by a Board of Directors, funded solely by the citizen of North Carolina. The SAAF cares about the state’s citizen soldiers and their families during both peace and war time.
The SAAF provides grants for basic needs, emergencies and other services, normally within 24 hours of receiving the request. If there is a request for a need that cannot be provided, the SAAF contacts and partners with other organizations to assist the family. Since 2004, the SAAF has provided $1.7 million dollars of financial assistance to more than 1,500 Army and Air Guard families. It is a member of the North Carolina Nonprofit Association and has a 5-star rating.
OPERATION COMING HOME – WAKE HBA
Since the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF – Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF – Afghanistan) over 35,000 men and women have been wounded in combat, about half were so severaly wounded they were not returned to duty. Many of the wounded sustained gunshot wounds, permanent loss of limbs, paralysis and severe neck and head trauma. These men and women will forever bare the scars of protecting our way of life and the freedom we enjoy.
In 2007 a group of local veterans and members from the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County decided to create a project for these severely wounded veterans. The mission of this project is to aid a local military service member who was severely wounded in combat, by fulfilling his/her desire to live the American Dream of home ownership–thus the creation of Operation: Coming Home (OCH).
H-3 VETERANS SERVICES
A passion over 20 years in the making, H3 is the culmination of Veterans with the desire to serve other Veterans in need. Based on current statistics, 22 veterans and 1 active duty service member takes their life daily. That’s 2 to 3 times higher than in the general population. Our service men and women deserve better.
H3 partnered with Combat Veteran owner Quality K9 Concepts and Raiden Tactics offering trained service/emotional canines to Combat Era Veterans in need. H3 rescues suitable companions from local shelters (kill shelters are evaluated first), and foster homes. This enables us to save the life of the dog and ultimately help the Veteran return to the life he/she once knew. Careful selection of both the dog and Veteran ensure a bond that is unmatched. H3 offers the trained canine at no cost to the Veteran.
GARY SINISE FOUNDATION
At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities. The experiences of war leave an indelible impact on our defenders. When they return to civilian life, the physical, emotional, and psychological challenges they face are often difficult. As citizens, we benefit from the freedom and security they fight to protect. Supporting these heroes is a responsibility we all must share.
The Gary Sinise Foundation was established under the philanthropic direction of a forty-year advocate for our nation’s defenders, actor Gary Sinise. Each of the Foundation’s programs originated from Gary’s personal relationships with our nation’s service community and a wide range of nonprofits he had supported for decades. Ever aware of the gaps of care these deserving heroes often encounter, he was inspired to serve them – always giving a little more. With the creation of the Gary Sinise Foundation, his crusade now supports all those who sacrifice on our behalf: active duty, veterans, first responders, and their loved ones. Each program shows appreciation for America’s heroes through entertainment, family support, and acts of gratitude.