Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

Just Our Soldiers Helpers Inc

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

aka J.O.S.H.

Lake Mary, FL

Mission

The mission of Just Our Soldiers' Helpers Inc. is to raise the morale of deployed US military service members. We support our troops by preparing and shipping care packages consisting of snacks or hygiene products.  We want deployed US service members from all branches of the military to know we stand with them and they have not been forgotten.

Ruling Year

2011

President

Kathy Hewitt

Main Address

P.O. Box 954031

Lake Mary, FL 32795 USA

Keywords

military support, soldier care packages, support our troops, support our soldiers, Just Our Soldiers Helpers, J.O.S.H., JOSH, Lake Mary Charity, Florida Charity

EIN

45-2156711

 Number

1999302536

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

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

Gift Distribution (P58)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

There are still many members of the US Military who are deployed to remote overseas locations that place them in harm's way. 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. We provide to them, free of charge, the same type of name brand items they would would be using if they were back home in the USA.

Our programs

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Care Packages for Deployed Soldiers

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Number of care packages delivered

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Military personnel

Related program

Care Packages for Deployed Soldiers

Context notes

Just Our Soldiers' Helpers hopes to continue increasing the number of care packages each year. We ship only full size name brand products and we have to purchase most of those.

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

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.

Every year since 2011, we have been able to increase the number of care packages we have shipped. We track the number of packages and weight of each package to verify that we are meeting our goals each year.

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 60,000 pounds of food and hygiene items to our deployed service members.

What we have not been able to accomplish is supporting as many troops as we would like to support. We would love to be able to support every Soldier who is deployed. Our goal is to support as many deployed service members as we possibly can

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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No

Organizational Demographics

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