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Ways You Can Help!

 In PPH Alaska, PPH Lakewood, PPH Menlo Park, PPH San Antonio, PPH San Diego, Ruther Glen, Volunteers

As a non-profit organization, Paws for Purple Hearts would not be the same without the support of our community, donors, and volunteers. One of the best ways you can help us is to volunteer at your local PPH site and assist our Service Dogs in Training with tasks ranging from grooming and exercising to assisting staff with events and community outreach! Our volunteers are an integral part of accomplishing our mission. Interested in learning more about how you can volunteer? Send in a volunteer application through our website here. Cannot volunteer in person? Have no fear, there are so many ways you can help!

Our volunteers love helping groom our pups-in-training!
Our volunteers love helping groom our pups-in-training!

Other Ways You Can Help

All of our sites vary in the specific volunteer support needed, so here are five ways you can help each site, even if you are not co-located:

1). Monetary and In-Kind donations.

One of the easiest ways to support our canines and the veterans we serve is to make a monetary donation (online, by check, or in person at your local PPH site) or an in-kind donation by sending a gift through Amazon. Each site has an Amazon Wish List, which includes everything from dog treats and toys to cleaning and office supplies. These are our most used and most-needed items for our programs and Canine-Assisted Warrior Therapy® sessions. By purchasing from our Amazon Wishlist, you are directly providing a much-needed item to help train our dogs and ultimately help our Veterans in need. You can find each site’s wishlist here.

2). Donate a service.

Monetary and in-kind donations are not the only way to support us, especially if you work for or own a company that provides services that can assist our programs. Services like janitorial cleaning, landscaping, and building maintenance are all services that are incredibly beneficial for all of our sites. If you are interested in providing your company’s service to your local PPH site, please reach out and see how you can best help!

3). Fundraise with your company or community.

We know it is not always feasible to block off time in your busy day to volunteer in person. However, there are many other ways you can help support our cause! If you have a knack for fundraising or community outreach, you can help by organizing a community fundraiser to raise money or goods for your local PPH site. Holding a community event to make things like tug ropes, snuffle mats, or other DIY enrichment items is a great way to help our Service Dogs in Training as well. Another option is to explore whether your company offers volunteer opportunities as a company (group volunteer days), fundraising options for select nonprofits, or a Matching Gift Program where your workplace may double a donation you make to our organization.

Volunteers are a huge part of making our events a success!

4). Follow us on social media.

Everyone has their limitations on what they can do during their day. Even if you cannot volunteer in person, following us on social media is another great way to support PPH! Each region or site has its own Facebook and Instagram profiles, which you can follow and share with your friends and family. You can follow Paws for Purple Hearts on X and LinkedIn to share updates with your professional network, too. Sharing any posts, event updates, and organization information with your peers helps expand our online presence and reach more people who may need our services or who would like to support us!

5). Spread the word!

No social media? No problem! Just talking about our mission and spreading the word about PPH with your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors makes an immense difference in gaining the support we need. The more people know about us, the more connections made, the more we Veterans reach, and the better we can achieve our mission!

We are so appreciative of all of the support from our volunteers and champions, and know that with your support we will be able to continue growing and helping more Veterans around this great country.

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