Just Our Soldiers Helpers Inc

Bringing Smiles to Our Deployed Heroes' One Care Package at a Time

aka J.O.S.H. or JOSH   |   Lake Mary, FL   |  https://justoursoldiershelpers.org

Mission

The mission of Just Our Soldiers' Helpers (JOSH), is to increase the morale of deployed U.S. service members from all branches of the military. We do this by providing to them care packages containing name brand items that are not readily available during deployment.

Notes from the nonprofit

Just Our Soldiers' Helpers Inc. is an all volunteer organization. Since 2011 we have shipped over 150,000 pounds of products to deployed US service members. Just Our Soldiers' Helpers Inc. views every care package as a gift to show our love and appreciation to service members for the sacrifices they make for our country. We show this appreciation by only shipping full size, name brand products. We do not ship hotel, travel, or sample size items or generic items. We ship items we would want to receive if we were thousands of miles from home.

Ruling year info

2011

Founder

Kathy Hewitt

Main address

P.O. Box 954031

Lake Mary, FL 32795 USA

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EIN

45-2156711

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Gift Distribution (P58)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are still many members of the US Military who are deployed to remote overseas locations. Just Our Soldiers' Helpers strives to find those who do not have a PX/BX (store) at which they can purchase hygiene items or snacks. Many have a PX/BX but supplies are limited. Just Our Soldiers' Helpers seeks to support those who are in the most remote areas that have those limited resources. We provide to them, free of charge, the same name brand items they would would be using if they were back home in the USA.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Care Packages for Deployed Soldiers

Just Our Soldiers' Helpers Inc. (J.O.S.H.) has an ongoing program of preparing and shipping care packages to all branches of the U.S. Military.  Our primary focus is on supporting troops who have no PX or a limited PX at which they can purchase necessities. We also support troops who would not otherwise receive mail from home.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

Where we work

Awards

Seven Seals Award 2016

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

Not-for-Profit Business of the Year 2017

The Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of care packages delivered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel

Related Program

Care Packages for Deployed Soldiers

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have progressively been able to increase our care package count each year. The pandemic caused the cancellation of many fundraisers in 2020 and 2021 and negatively impacted program capacity.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are very simple. We want to encourage as many members of the U.S. Military as we possibly can. Our success is measured by photos and emails we receive from the recipients of our care packages.

We strive to support U.S. Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, Sailors, and Guardsmen who are deployed to locations that make it difficult for them to purchase every day items such as body wash, shampoo, lotions, deodorant, etc. We also send snacks such as protein bars, granola bars, oatmeal, canned soups/fruits, coffee, creamer, and the like.

We also try to locate Soldiers who do not receive mail or care packages from home. We do not want any deployed Service Member to feel he or she has been forgotten by those back home in the United States.

Just Our Soldiers' Helpers strives to find the deployed troops who are most in need of our support. Service members from all branches are encouraged to register for care packages via our website at http://www.justoursoldiershelpers.org. We also reach out to deployed Chaplains as they are often aware of the military units that are located in the most desolate areas.

Just Our Soldiers' Helpers regularly assesses the amount we anticipate receiving via supporter donations and fundraising efforts. We then project how many Soldiers we believe we will be able to support during that calendar year.

As we have grown, we have been able to reach more organizations that are willing to help by hosting fundraising events to help with our mission of supporting our troops. This has increased our effectiveness and our ability to support more troops.

The evidence of our progress has been seen in the number of photos we have received from the troops and units we support. We receive many thank you letters and emails of appreciation from our deployed heroes. Since we were founded, we have shipped approximately 131,000 pounds of food and hygiene items to our deployed service members.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Just Our Soldiers' Helpers supports deployed service members from all branches of the US Military. We ship to service members who are deployed to remote foreign locations with limited access to exchanges (PX/BX) where they can purchase hygiene products, food, and snacks. We also ship to Chaplains and deployed service members who would not otherwise receive mail from home.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Emails/letters from care package recipients,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board, Our community partners, Our volunteers,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Deployed Service Members do not always have good access to email.,

Financials

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Operations

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Just Our Soldiers Helpers Inc

Board of directors
as of 08/05/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Dennis Hewitt


Board co-chair

Edward Higgins

Marla Ariotti

Director

Scott Ariotti

Secretary

Kathy Hewitt

Director

Anne Hedberg

Director

Jean Mactye

Director

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/19/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability