It is no understatement to say Save A Vet Now was severely set back by the Coronavirus Pandemic. Faced with significant health and economic crises, we were forced to reinvent the ways we raise awareness and donations. All in-person speeches and meetings were cancelled and the few we were able to reschedule were conducted virtually. Much like other nonprofit organizations, our ability to raise funds was negatively impacted.
Unfortunately, our signature Artwork Can Save A Vet fundraiser had to be cancelled because of the pandemic. But it was not all bad news. On a positive note an opportunity for a new fundraiser arose.
With the help of everyone at Eclipse Artisan Boutique and Blue Moon Gift Shops, we were able to conduct a safe and successful Step Up For Vets fundraiser during September, suicide awareness and prevention month. Given its popularity, we hope this event will attract even more vendors in 2021.
Although everything slowed to a snail’s pace, we at Save A Vet Now did not remain idle.
During the year we became members of the North Carolina Governor’s Challenge To Prevent Suicide, which is comprised of a unique team of representatives creating plans to implement policy and improve the lives of service members, veterans and their families.
We continued our work with the American Legion in an effort to have that organization display a more prominent role in veteran suicide awareness at the community level.