Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1503 is helping a couple of community members become more independent.
The organization donated $1,000 to Helping Neighbors in Need (NIN) on Saturday.
NIN is a faith-based non-profit in Woodbridge.
“Our mission is to provide crisis aid to those who are unsheltered, those that are most vulnerable — which are the elderly — those fleeing from domestic violence, of those that life is just happening to them,” said Pastor Madlin Edmonds, who runs NIN.
VFW Post 1503 received the check from VFW National.
“VFW National has a program where we can request funds to assist different organizations within the community, and VFW nationally provides these funds … This helps out veterans in the county, who were homeless at one time now they have moved into homes,” VFW Post 1503 Post Commander Tim Brown said.
The funding from VFW Post 1503 will allow NIN to begin a new program that seeks to teach homeless individuals about landscaping.
“With that grant, we’re going to fill our donated van with landscaping equipment, and they’re going to take their properties and learn that skill so that they can be self-sufficient,” Edmonds said.
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