Blue Star Families' Operation Honor Corps
Operation Honor Corps is the joint project of Blue Star Families, the American Red Cross, ServiceNation: Mission Serve, and the Points of Light Institute working together with the Department of Veterans' Affairs, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Department of Defense. Inspired by the First Lady's Joining Forces campaign for military families, the program aims to create an atmosphere of 'shared service' and a WWII sense of 'all give some' by encouraging Americans to perform service in honor of military families and veterans.
Operation Honor Corps will collect Honor Pledges of community service and maintain a running tally of hours of community service hours pledged and fulfilled in honor of military families, service members and veterans. OHC will also collect physical Honor Cards that your organization can fill out to thank military families. These cards will be displayed in Washington D.C., military bases, and other public venues. In addition, OHC coordinates service projects by working with Blue Star Families' chapter directors, organizations, groups, and companies. If you have questions about OHC or are interested in organizing a service project, contact Program Coordinator, Michelle Vaughn at [email protected]
All for Good
All for Good is a service provided by the Points of Light Institute. All for Good's mission is to facilitate volunteerism and community service. To meet that goal, we have developed a custom volunteer opportunity oriented search engine that is powered by the largest database of volunteer opportunities on the Internet. Our database of volunteer opportunities includes those from our many prominent non-profit partners, as well as those provided directly to us by smaller, grassroots organizations.
Joining Forces Initiative
The Joining Forces Initiative brings attention to the unique needs and strengths of America’s military families. This White House initiative is led by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, and is designed to inspire, educate and spark action from all sectors of society to ensure veterans and military families have the opportunities, resources and support they have earned. By showcasing the skills, experience and dedication of America’s veterans and military spouses, it creates greater connections between the American public and the military and highlights needs that are especially important to military families – employment, education and wellness.
About the Partners
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has provided humanitarian support to the United States military, veterans and their families under a trusted symbol for almost 130 years. The Red Cross provides emergency communications, supports military and veteran hospitals and health care facilities as well as providing social services to military family members.
The Red Cross is able to provide these services through employees and volunteers stationed around the world through a network of more than 650 Red Cross offices to include supporting service members, veterans and their families far from military installations. For more information visit www.redcross.org.
Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, with a mission to support, connect and empower military families. In addition to morale and empowerment programs, Blue Star Families raises awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life and works to make military life more sustainable. Membership includes military spouses, children and parents as well as service members, veterans and civilians.
Points of Light Institute
The Points of Light Institute inspires, equips and mobilizes people to take action that changes the world. We connect people to their power to make a meaningful difference. We are organized to innovate, incubate and activate new ideas that help 21st century volunteers use all of their assets – their time, talent, voice and money – to meet the critical needs of our time. Points of Light Institute operates multiple divisions including: HandsOn Network, the largest volunteer network in the world with 250 local affiliates; generationOn, the global youth service division that ignites the power of kids to make their mark on the world; and AmeriCorps Alums, a network of more than 120,000 experienced volunteer leaders. For more information, visit www.PointsofLight.org.
ServiceNation: Mission Serve
Mission Serve is the ServiceNation campaign’s civilian-military initiative, connecting civilian and military communities through a broad array of service and volunteer partnerships designed to address the challenges of our nation and our military communities. For more information, visit www.MissionServe.org .