Human Services

Vans For Vets Org.

  • Natrona Heights, PA
  • www.vansforvets.org

Mission Statement

VansForVets.Org is a non-profit corporation founded for the purpose of providing handicap-equipped vehicles other conveyances and services (free of charge) to Honorably Discharged, Disabled and Homeless American Veterans and their families. VFV is a national organization with international outreach capability comprising private citizens, volunteers associations and other interested parties. VFV works to enhance and improve freedom of movement, accessibility and improvement of quality of life for the Disabled American Veteran and its family, at-risk youth and other underserved populations.

Main Programs

  1. Operation "Cans For Vets"

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Service Areas

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International

VansForVets.Org is a certified 501 (C)(3) non-profit (PA) corporation endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense which serves disabled and homeless Honorably Discharged U.S. Veterans and their families both in the Continental United States and worldwide.  VansForVets.Org serves clients and provides outreach in all geographic areas of the United States and its Territories and anywhere United States Service Personnel may have a presence.

ruling year

2008

Principal Officer since 2010

Self-reported

Dr. Joseph Resnick

Co Principal Officer since 2010

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Mr. Richard Kups

Keywords

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Veterans, Disabled, Homeless, Handicapped, Transportation, Emergency Shelter, Outreach, Services

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Also Known As

Joseph A Resnick, Executive Director, VansForVets.Org

EIN

03-0561266

 Number

4302231033

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Transportation (Free or Subsidized) (P52)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (F12)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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VFV provides a variety of services and products to Disabled American Veterans including i) providing new, used or refurbished conveyances, free of charge, which have been retrofitted to accommodate the special needs of the Disabled Veteran; ii) referrals to local or in special instances transportation to regional or special VA Hospitals; iii) referrals to state licensing agencies; iv) discounted vehicle rentals and insurance; v) discounted (free emergency) air travel services, discounted lodging rates and maps; vi)discounted vehicle repairs through member-sponsor and affiliated companies; vii) scheduling and coordination of a number of activities and events in collaboration with the US Department of the Interior, the U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service, e.g., free stays at all U.S. National Parks and Monuments. Since receiving its 501(c)(3) status certification VansForVets.Org has successfully placed eight vehicles and six motorized wheel chairs to Applicants.  Our goal at outset in May, 2008 was to successfully place at least five vehicles prior to year's end.  We met and surpassed that objective.  Vets.Org has received over 6,700 applications for participation in its free vehicle distribution program.  Obviously VFV.Org has been overwhelmed by the response and is committed to meeting needs of its Applicants'.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Operation "Cans For Vets"

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR "OPERATION CANS FOR VETS"
In order to aid us in acquiring more handicap-equipped vehicles for homeless and disabled Vet's and their families VansForVets.Org's Board of Directors has authorized the intiation of "Operation Cans For Vets".  It's easy to get involved and anyone, anywhere can simply start collecting empty aluminum cans, take the empties to a local scrap recycle yard and remit the proceeds from the activity to VansForVets.Org.  We welcome Volunteers of any age, from school kids to seniors!  If you would like to become a Volunteer and establish an "Operation Cans For Vets" project in your community, please contact Dr. Joseph A. Resnick, Executive Director with your contact information as VansForVets.Org is affiliated with the President's Service Corps and Americorps and awards Certificates of Distinction and other accolades to its Volunteers' in recognition for as little as 15 hours of volunteer service under one of its programs.
Please contact Dr. Joseph A. Resnick, today to provide your information and willingness to help complete VansForVets.Org's Mission to help disabled, homeless Vet's and their families'!  VansForVets.Org is affiliated with the President's Service Corps and AmeriCorps and awards certificates of distinction and other accolades to Volunteers providing just 15 hours of volunteer service.  Thank you for your consideration...and please help us help to keep our Vet's mobile!
Other Programs and Initiatives
VansForVets.Org has registered to participate with www.GoodSearch.Com(http://www.GoodSearch.Com) and www.GoodSho100% of all funds raised by VansForVets.Org goes directly to support Disabled, Homeless Vet's and Families.  Our Officers, Directors, Staff and helpers are 'all volunteers'!  VansForVets.Org does not pay salaries nor provide benefits nor perq's of any kind to its Associates.  We most cherish the smiles and 'Thank You's' from our Applicants.  Therein lie the rewards for what we do!

VansForVets.Org receives Certification from www.Guidestar.org(http://www.Guidestar.org) !
To review detailed information about VansForVets.Org just click on the link above, type in Vans For Vets.  Guidestar.Org is the national certifying agency for non profit organizations and charities and is highly respected, internationally.  VansForVets.Org is pleased to have received certification!

VansForVets.Org allies with www.boatangel.org(http://www.boatangel.org)   and www.carangel.org(http://www.carangel.org) !
VansForVets.Org has allied with Angel Ministries of Phoenix, AZ with a view toward collaboration in completing the respective entities' stated Mission's to help disabled, homeless and underserved populations, nationwide.  Angel Ministries provides goods and services, educational opportunities, housing and support to all requesting hela division of the KAR Holdings, Inc., family of companies which includes Insurance Auto Auctions (IAA), Adesa(http://www.adesa.com/) , Impact Auto Auctions(http://www.impactauto.ca/) , Automotive Finance Corporation(http://afcdealer.com/home.do) , PAR North America(http://www.parnorthamerica.com/) , AutoVIN(http://www.autovin.com/english/start.asp) and Dent Demon(http://www.dentdemon.com/) .  This affiliation affords VansForVets.Org with the capability to provide services to donors and clients, nationwide, within 24 hours.  VansForVets.Org is pleased to have established this alliance with IAAI.  Please visit IAAI's web page at www.iaai.com(http://www.iaai.com) for more information.

Category

Public, Society Benefit

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Military/Veterans

Budget

$500.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

VansForVets.Org is a certified 501 (C)(3) non-profit (PA) corporation endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense which serves disabled and homeless Honorably Discharged U.S. Veterans and their families both in the Continental United States and worldwide.  VansForVets.Org serves clients and provides outreach in all geographic areas of the United States and its Territories and anywhere United States Service Personnel may have a presence.

Additional Documents

Funding Needs

VansForVets.Org needs immediate donations of vehicles, motor homes, and real or fixed assets and cash donations.  Donations are used to purchase surplus vehicles (handicap-equipped transit vans, for example) from government sources, e.g., www.govdeals.com(http://www.govdeals.com) and www.surplus.com(http://www.surplus.com) and from government fleets. VansForVets.Org is in need of at least 6,700 vehicles for distribution under its Free Vehicle Distribution Program in response to the number of applications received to date. To accomplish this objective VFV.Org needs to raise the amount of $700,000 Dollars over a period of three years which will enable completion of its initial vehicle distribution project consistent with its Business Plan.  The number of applicants is expected to increase, dramatically, as more US Soldiers are transitioned back to the USA from active war zones in the Middle East. You can donate a vehicle to VansForVets.Org anywhere in North America by contating our working partners at http://www.charitycar.us/vansforvetsorg.html(http://www.charitycar.us/vansforvetsorg.html)   Thank You!

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Vans For Vets Org.

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Principal Officer

Dr. Joseph Resnick

Co Principal Officer

Mr. Richard Kups

BIO

25 years executive experience with 15 years as fundraiser for Shriner's Hospitals and Variety Clubs of America.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"No longer its nascent stage, VansForVets.Org has managed to serve a large number of clients by providing handicap-equipped vehicles, conventional motor vehicles and motorized wheel chairs in various regions of the USA.  At outset both I and the other members of the Board of Directors recognized the large number of potential individuals that would require VFV's services and outreach.  VFV launched its first web site in late 2006 and within the first six months had over 100,000 visitors and more that 20,000 requests for vehicles.  The response and number of requests was (and still is) overwhelming!  The need for handicap-equipped vehicles among this population continues to escolate as the USA's commitment to ensure Liberty, worldwide, is advanced.  Due to increased survival rates as a result of extreme efficiency in extracation and treatment of wounded soldiers the number of disabled veterans is expected to increase as more soldiers are transitioned back to the USA from active duty, worldwide.

 

VansForVets.Org is commited to assisting the U.S. Veteran and its family as promised by President Lincoln and shall continue to endeavor to carry out its stated Mission objectives."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Joseph Anthony Resnick

RMANNCO Corporation

Term: May 2007 - May 2015

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