Dear Community and Business Leaders:
The mission of Wheels4Change is to Honor Our Fallen Heroes, Support Military Families and Serve Our Veterans. We are accomplishing these goals by providing outreach, education and awareness to veterans and their families whose lives have been impacted by military trauma. Our focus is on local change in order to make a national impact.
In 2017 our primary goal was to engage veterans to become peer mentors to engage other veterans in fitness activities, and to participate in our bike program. We are a small, but powerful non-profit. With our limited volunteers and resources we accomplished our goal. In 2018 the veterans who participated in our activities this year will be taking over running our outreach programs. Hear is a video link telling their stories and how they plan on impacting our local veteran in 2018. We are also creating in 2018 a Wheels4Change racing team to promote our mission, as well as making presentations to community groups and schools. Our Wheels4Change fitness team will compete in local and national events.
Our Wheels4Change bike “Give Back” program is a veteran-oriented, is aimed at empowering vets through a seemingly basic thing: a bicycle. However simple, a bicycle can serve as an introduction to physical fitness, a call to community involvement and a vital means of transportation. Veterans can also earn race entries and other fitness related things. All veterans are eligible to apply but to qualify for our programs they must complete community service hours. Each community service hour completed translates into $10, which can be applied to the program of their choice. In 2016 we built a bike shed to house our bike program at Ohio Veterans Memorial Park in Clinton, Ohio. Volunteers and veterans we employ run our outreach programs your sponsorship helps to support operations. Some of the programs offered include: employment, bikes, fitness center memberships, race entries, training, workshops, and retreats.
Thank you, all of you that made our work possible this year through grants, corporate sponsorship, community fundraisers, and individual fundraising at our events. Because professional volunteers our overhead cost this year was low. Attached is a summery of how our dollars were used primary on improving the quality of life of the veterans who participated in our programs.
We believe our work is vital, we are taking a unique approach that no other non-profits in the community are doing to reduce the recidivism in our court system, outreach to marginalized veterans currently not linked with needed services. We are increasing the quality of life of the veterans that participate in our programs.
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