Helping Veterans and Military Families Across the Country



The George W. Bush Center Institute's Military Service Initiative informs, influences and unites communities and organizations to maximize the health and well-being of post-9/11 veterans and military families through policy development, programs and Presidential recognition to set conditions for a successful transition for veterans and their continued leadership as civilians.


Luke's Wings unites wounded warrior, veterans and heroes with their loved ones when they need them most by providing travel and lodging, free of charge, to and from America's major military hospitals to injured soldiers immediate and extended family members. Having close family and friends by their side leads to more successful recovery over a shorter period of time.


One Tribe Foundation, formerly known as 22Kill, creates a community that raises awareness of and combats suicide by empowering veterans, first responders, and their families through a combination of traditional and non-traditional therapies to educate about and promote suicide prevention, physical and mental health well-being.



Habitat for Humanity works in local communities through a network of affiliates across the country. Habitat builds strength, stability and self-reliance in partnership with families in need of decent and affordable housing. Their Veterans Build program helps veterans and their families obtain new housing as well as maintain and preserve their current homes with energy-efficient repairs.


Canine Companions for Independence enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. These dogs help open new opportunities for their human partners to greater independence and confidence. Their Veterans Initiative provides extra training in PTSD commands for dogs paired with veterans needing this special assistance.

 

Providing Relief and Recovery to Disaster Victims



All Hands and Hearts - Smart Response efficiently and effectively addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. By listening to local people, and deploying a unique model of engaging volunteers and partner organizations, they rebuild safe, resilient community infrastructures and provide transformative experiences for their volunteers.


Minuteman Disaster Response helps save lives and provides assistance in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. They offer life-saving services and support to first responders and victims at disaster scenes by providing well-trained, well-equipped, self-contained task forces and strike teams to assist in search and rescue, emergency medical operations, disaster scene mangement and emergency communications.

 

Assisting Children and Families in our Communities



CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Collin County promotes and protects the best interests of children in foster care who have been removed from their home of origin because of of abuse or neglect. By providing highly trained volunteer advocates to improve the child's quality of life and serve as their voice within the court system, CASA works to ensure these children are placed in a safe, permanent and loving home.


The Samaritan Inn is a comprehensive homeless program that helps willing people gain dignity and independence by teaching self-sufficiency and life skills to meet the needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness.


Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County (CACCC) provides critical services for children victimized by abuse or neglect in our community, free of charge. Their multi-disciplinary team approach includes music and art therapy, forensic interviewing, family advocacy and support services, all offered under one roof. Providing safety, healing, and justice at the CACCC is a team effort because our community’s children deserve the best childhood possible.