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Tails from the Front Line

Official Blog of Guardian Angels for Soldier's Pet

Happy Birthday to our August birthdays!

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We would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to the following volunteer who celebrates a birthday in the month of August:

8/28 – Jaime M., PA Foster Coordination Liaison / Central Region Director

THANK YOU for everything you do and wish you a great day!  We truly appreciate your dedication and hard work in helping our military service members and their beloved pets.

Matching Gift Program Enhancement

What do Microsoft, Bank of America, IBM, and Verizon all have in common? Each one matches donations made by their employees’ to nonprofit organizations. This means that if you donate, or have donated to, and work for one of these four companies, the company will double your donation. Many major employers offer similar programs. Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet have partnered with “Double the Donation” organization to give existing or potential donors the ability to determine if their employer has a “Matching Gift” program.

Click HERE or via the “Double the Donation” button on our website where you can find out if your employer offers something like this, as well as to access their program guidelines, how-to instructions, and relevant forms.

Thanks in advance for taking five minutes to possibly double your donation!

Looking for a few Great Women (and men) Coordination Volunteers

We are looking for individuals who wish to become part of the Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet mission as a Foster Coordination Liaison (FCL) involved with working with our service members, wounded warriors, veterans, and families of our fallen warriors who need assistance via our Foster Home program, which also includes vetting and interacting with those individuals and families who have registered as potential foster homes through our organization.

Primarily at this time we are looking for at least 4 new FCL volunteers to cover the states of Maryland, North Carolina/South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia/West Virginia within our Southeast Region.

NOTE: Not required to reside in a specific state shown above since you would be working from home via the Internet and phone.

This is a virtual volunteer role where your efforts can be accomplished via the phone and Internet (emails) in your home during the evenings and Saturday (depending on your available time) and includes the following criteria:

  • A passion to help our military service members, wounded warriors, veterans, and families of our fallen warriors.
  • Interact and maintain communication with our registered potential foster homes, plus work with others (inside and outside the organization) as required
  • Be a self-starter, has excellent organizational, interpersonal, and management skills, plus able to work independently and as a “team” player.
  • Understand and agree to follow and adhere to the Organization’s mission, purpose, operating procedures, and organizational policies/guidelines.
  • Comfortable using and access to MS office (such as Word, Excel), communicate via the internet, phone calls, and email.
  • Previous customer service, volunteer nonprofit managerial and animal related coordination/placement experience helpful
  • Help promote the organization, its mission, and programs with others via sharing our flyers, brochures, and other items as requested by the organization’s National office.
  • Able to commit at least 1 year in this position
  • Provide the required monthly reports (coordination activity and volunteer service hours) by the date as determined by the organization’s National office.
  • Estimated Volunteer Time per Month: averaging 25-30 hours – Please be advised actual hours per month is variable on a state by state basis.

 

Those interested in learning more about the volunteer positions or to apply, visit HERE.

Happy Anniversary to our July anniversaries!

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We would like to wish a very Happy Anniversary to the volunteers who celebrate an anniversary during the month of July:

7/10 – Valerie D., NH Foster Home Interviewer – 3 years
7/28 – Vicki S., CA Foster Home Services Liaison – 3 years
THANK YOU for everything you do and wish you a great day!
We truly appreciate your dedication and hard work in helping our military service members and their beloved pets.

Cat Friendly Foster Home Needed: Rhode Island (or CT/MA/NH)

Cat friendly foster home needed in or near Pawtucket, RI, including CT/MA/NH.  If interested please submit foster home required information by visiting our website visit this link to learn more on potentially being a foster home.

Foster term approx 3-6 months beginning in July. This is helping a female veteran who served our country and a way for us to give back.

Please share with others. Though deployments are down our efforts are being directed to help our wounded warriors and veterans.

Well Deserved Praise

Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet volunteers work hard but seldom get compliments from those we serve. So imagine Monica’s surprise when she received a letter from someone who had applied to become a foster home for a military member in need of our help. Arliss Manson, the gentleman applying to become a foster home, sent an email to Monica gushing about her caring and the thorough way in which she conducted and interviewed one of his references. In the email Arliss said, “He could not stop talking about how thorough and caring you were when asking him about me and my abilities to foster a dog. He said you were so wonderful he could have talked to you for a much longer time.” Arliss went on to say he knew Monica probably had done this frequently but he suspected she never got any feedback or praise for her hard work. He felt so strongly about her kindness while interviewing his friend that he wanted to take the time to thank her. We all work hard and are professional and pleasant when making calls but how wonderful that someone took the time to say thank you for a job well done.

The MPA Fund Needs Your Help

We are asking those able to contribute to our MPA Fund to help us raise $2,500.00. Between today 27 May 2016 and 14 June 2016 (Flag Day) midnight central time. We are asking help to keep this program going and all donations received during this period will be allocated to the MPA fund.
As of yesterday we have disbursed $3,500 from the MPA fund since 1 January 2016 and after today will be below $1,500 in the fund and we are working on 3 other cases not including the one that came in this morning helping another Homeless Veteran with this furbaby Rufio (veterinarian expense and temp boarding up to 3 weeks) in MO.
If you can help please visit this link to learn more on how to contribute between 27 May 2016 and midnight (Central Time) on 14 June 2016 (Flag Day).
Please share with others to keep this program going for Veterans facing major inpatient medical issues and our Homeless Veterans with companion animals.
Our sincere thanks and appreciation for your support now and in the future.
Respectfully,
Linda Spurlin-Dominik
CEO

Happy Anniversary to our May anniversaries!

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We would like to wish a very Happy Anniversary to the volunteers who celebrate an anniversary during the month of May:

5/12 – Jaime M., Central Regional Director – 4 years
5/14 – Ellen K., MI Foster Coordination Liaison – 1 year
THANK YOU for everything you do and we wish you a great day!
We truly appreciate your dedication and hard work in helping our military service members and their beloved pets.

We are Looking for a Few Good Men (or Women) – Volunteer Roles in the NE Region

We are looking for individuals who wish to become part of the Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet mission as a Foster Coordination Liaison (FCL) involved with working with our service members, wounded warriors, veterans, and families of our fallen warriors who need assistance via our Foster Home program, which also includes vetting and interacting with those individuals and families who have registered as potential foster homes through our organization.

Primarily at this time we are looking for 3 new FCL volunteers to cover the states within our Northeast Region. This includes a FCL for New England area (includes the states of DE, CT, MA, NH, RI, and VT) plus a FCL to cover New York and a FCL to cover New Jersey. Please note it is not required to reside in a specific state shown above since you would be working from home via the Internet and phone.

This is a virtual volunteer role where your efforts can be accomplished via the phone and Internet (emails) in your home during the evenings and Saturday (depending on your available time) and includes the following criteria:

  • A passion to help our military service members, wounded warriors, veterans, and families of our fallen warriors.
  • Interact and maintain communication with our registered potential foster homes, plus work with others (inside and outside the organization) as required
  • Be a self-starter, has excellent organizational, interpersonal, and management skills, plus able to work independently and as a “team” player.
  • Understand and agree to follow and adhere to the Organization’s mission, purpose, operating procedures, and organizational policies/guidelines.
  • Comfortable using and access to MS office (such as Word, Excel), communicate via the internet, phone calls, and email.
  • Previous customer service, volunteer nonprofit managerial and animal related coordination/placement experience helpful
  • Help promote the organization, its mission, and programs with others via sharing our flyers, brochures, and other items as requested by the organization’s National office.
  • Able to commit at least 1 year in this position
  • Provide the required monthly reports (coordination activity and volunteer service hours) by the date as determined by the organization’s National office.
  • Estimated Volunteer Time per Month: averaging 25-30 hours – Please be advised actual hours per month is variable on a state by state basis.

 

Those interested in learning more about the volunteer positions or to apply, visit HERE.  Thank you in advance for your interest to support our organization with this volunteer role.

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