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MARINEPARENTS COM INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 01/03/2014: MARINEPARENTS COM INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: MARINEPARENTS COM INC

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AKA  Marine Parents
Columbia, MO
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MARINEPARENTS COM INC Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 01/03/2014: MARINEPARENTS COM INC

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: MARINEPARENTS COM INC

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Also Known As: Marine Parents
Physical Address: Columbia, MO 65205 
EIN: 20-2294408
Web URL: www.marineparents.com 
NTEE Category: W Public, Society Benefit
W30 Military/Veterans' Organizations
P Human Services
P20 Human Service Organizations
F Mental Health, Crisis Intervention
F60 Counseling Support Groups
Ruling Year: 2006 


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Mission Statement

Marine Parents provides support, information, and services for Marinesand their families, and encourages troop support through community awareness programs.  By providing personal, web-based, and community resources, Marine Parents unites the extended Marine Corps family andenhances their support system before, during, and after their loved one’s service.  Families educating, emotionally supporting, and encouraging one another daily are able to lead more mentally and emotionally balanced lives, empowering them to focus on supporting their Marine.  Together we can give strength to those who protect freedom by assuring no family goes without support.

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $664,748
Total Expenses $610,656

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Leadership

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Tracy Della Vecchia

Term:

Since Jan 2003

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Programs

Program: The Care Package Project (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$270,200
Category:
Military & Veterans
Population Served:
Military/Veterans
None
None

Program Description:

Send care packages to individual Marines and other service members in overseas combat zones four times each year.

Program Long-Term Success:

The Care Package Project has continually increased the number of care packages sent since its start in 2003.  When the program first started, only 140 packages were sent by 6 volunteers.  Today, over 1,100 packages are sent each pack day with the help of over 140 volunteers.  Over 22,500 care packages have been sent to date giving Marines who serve our country a touch of home during deployment and the knowledge that the American people back home support and care about them.

Program Short-Term Success:

Care Package Project short-term successes include its annual Girl Scout cookie drive and Dollar Campaign which have brought in thousands of dollars in donations.  A local elementary school held a successful drive and donated over 1100 pairs of socks.  Over 2,000 care packages have been sent since January 2010 to Marines in combat zones.

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The Care Package Project success is noted by the number of care package request received, donations received for both care package items and shipping, the number of care packages sponsored, and the number of volunteers holding individual donation drives and the number involved in "pack days."

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Girl Scout Cookie Drive Dollar Campaign $7,000 raised in one day for March Pack Day shipping needs Volunteer numbers reaching over 150

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Budget:
$203,800
Category:
Health Care
Population Served:
Military/Veterans

Program Description:

Purple Heart Hero Support™ provides Purple Heart families with personal, web-based, and community resources designed to guide individuals and families on the road to recovery after a Marine or other service member is injured in combat.

Program Long-Term Success:

Support for families during this difficult time in their lives is paramount to the families health and the Marines recovery.

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Program: Operation Prayers and Letters (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$9,700
Category:
Public, Society Benefit
Population Served:
Military/Veterans

Program Description:

Operation Prayers and Letters (OpPAL) encourages the general public to write get well cards and letters to injured Marines, Navy Corpsmen, and other service members across the nation.

Program Long-Term Success:

The cards provided by Operation PAL offer support to service men and women and let them know that those they have served do appreciate their sacrifice.  The support created by the cards expedites the recovery of service men and women as it encourages a positive outlook.  Operation PAL hopes to make sure every injured member of the military recovery in a military treatment facility receives letters of support from the civilian public they protect and serve.

Program Short-Term Success:

Although the cards aid the efforts of longterm healthcare, they also offer immediate gratification to both the injured men and women who receive them and those who write them.  Service men and women who have been injured while serving their country need to receive the "thank yous" and "get wells" from the public that they have served in order to feel as though their sacrifice was not in vain.

Program Success Monitored by:

Operation PAL's success is monitored by the number of cards received from volunteers, the number of injured Marines and Navy Corpsmen enrolled in the program, and the total number of cards distributed annually.  Operation PAL's success has been noted by the continuous enrollment of new service member's into the program, and continuous donations of hand-written cards and letters.

Program Success Examples:

Operation PAL has delivered 38,000 cards to injured Marines and Navy Corpsmen recovering in military treatment facilities nationwide. 16,475 cards were sent in 2009 alone 5,589 card recipients

Program: MarineParents.com (GuideStar Exchange,
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January 2014)

Budget:
$27,000
Category:
Public, Society Benefit
Population Served:
Military/Veterans
Adults

Program Description:

Marine Parents provides support and education to families whose Marines are or have been deployed overseas to combat zones.

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As of February 2013, Marine Parents has sent more than 35,000 care packages to Marines and military personnel in combat zones, mailed more than 80,000 cards and letters from people all across America to injured troops, and served more than 27,000 meals to to injured Marines, service members, and their families at military medical facilities on the east and west coast.  Team Marine Parents has raised over $64,000 to support the various outreach programs of the Marine Parents organization.  Our volunteers answer a weekly average of over 1,600 support requests through message boards, chat rooms, live online support, emails, and telephone calls.  The organization has over 700 outreach volunteers representing 36 states working to provide services and information for Marines and their families.   Marine Parents is currently working to expand Purple Heart Hero Support, an outreach program designed to aid Purple Heart service men and women and their families, to two additional hospitals with hopes of eventually taking the program international by providing services in Germany.  As more troops return home, the need for Combat Recovery aid increases, and Marine Parents is working to provide more information on PTSD, TBI, and combat recovery in general.  The organization is also creating new programs and web services designed assist families through combat recovery such as online chats with specialists and private forums for families to come together and express their concerns.  With the war in Afghanistan continuing, Marine Parents is always fundraising to make sure that troops overseas are receiving necessities and touches of home through the Care Package Project.
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