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AMVETS CALIFORNIA CHARITIES INC

Committed to Serve... Those who Served

Tulare, CA   |  http://amvetscharities.org

Mission

AMVETS California Charities is dedicated to empowering all Veterans, Active duty personnel, their families and communities; through funding of quality programs that will strengthen their future.

Ruling year info

2013

Executive Director

Mr Smokey Rickerd

Main address

157 South K St

Tulare, CA 93274 USA

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EIN

45-3591166

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Team AMVETS California Charities is dedicated to serving veterans throughout California by supporting programs that enrich and improve the lives of those have served. AMVETS Department of California is a state-wide Veteran Service Organization, with an extensive history of supporting veterans for over 70 years. There are many programs that are focused to one specific era or focused issue with Veterans. AMVETS California Charities'veteran outreach is is for all veterans who have served in all eras, who received a general or honorable discharge, as well as current transitioning active duty, and those who served National Guard and Reserves. Our programs are designed to serve veterans with a multi-faceted, holistic approach to ensure that they are receiving multiple program access for optimal and long term success.

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?

Sick & Hospitalized Veterans

This program has 20+ year long history of reaching out to those veterans who are often isolated, whose daily lives can be limited to medical interactions. This program reaches all VA hospitals and some outpatient clinics throughout California.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
People with disabilities

To cause awareness of veterans' needs to combat their suicide rates.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

This program is dedicated to addressing women veteran issues, by continually reaching out to them to ensure they are receiving the benefits they have earned. Additionally, we support and create events specific to women veterans that educate, uplift, and assist them with their needs.

Population(s) Served
Females
Veterans

To furnish care bears to local emergency departments that they can carry in their vehicles and when called to an emergency where young children are involved, they can give this “Care Bear” to a child under stress.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Victims and oppressed people

The program provides assistance to veterans and their family in need of emergency financial support for housing and utilities, which includes budgeting classes. Veteran community pantry all year long as well as, holiday meals.

Population(s) Served
Families
Veterans

The Homeless Veteran Outreach program helps those who are transitioning into housing through the Bridge Program which helps to fund temporary housing while permanent housing is in its final prep stages.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Veterans

The AMVETS Americanism Program is a nationwide patriotic program the organization offers schools and youth organizations as a resource for teaching children in kindergarten through 12th grade about their American heritage, civics and citizenship. The program includes flag drawing, poster and essay contests that are grade specific and age appropriate.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Academics

We give up to 9 scholarships each year to Veterans in traditional colleges, trade schools, and vocational schools.

Population(s) Served
Academics
Veterans

The Veteran Employment & Training Services Program fills the gap of assisting veterans back to work by looking at the underlying complications that they face with transitioning or changing careers. Through this program we provide employment services like resume building, interview skills training, career clothes, computer center, and transportation support to list a few.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Unemployed, underemployed, and dislocated people

Assistance and recognition of JROTC and ROTC programs within California

Population(s) Served
Adolescents (13-19 years)
Academics

Where we work

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 programs documented

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

Adolescents (13-19 years),Veterans

Context Notes

"Welcome Home", JROTC and suicide awareness as seen in AMVETS National Programs Reporting data and on website, for veterans and their families.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

We aggressively pursue the reduction and eventual elimination of homelessness and suicides within the veterans population segment, as per our Congressional charter. Additionally, we heavily support ROTC/JROTC high school and college programs. Some of our services include: • The Homeless Veteran Outreach program • Veteran Employment & Training Services Program • Women Veterans Outreach Program • Sick & Hospitalized Veterans Program • VA Benefits Assistance • Community Service Program

Corporate and governmental collaborations; making contacts and the public aware of these problems are critical, so that the infrastructure to tackle these issues is enhanced, and so that the plight of veterans is better understood by the businesses, agencies and the public. We strive to maintain activity levels during economic down turns, and increase them in up turns.

A 10,000 volunteer membership statewide in California, service from 50 local posts, a long term inter-company relationships with the VA and CalVets, and a presence in a growing number of collaborative efforts. Intra-company-wise, we work with other state AMVETS orgs., and our AMVETS National organizations.

(1) The trends in data pertaining to veterans homelessness and veterans suicides. Homelessness and suicides are still trending upwards. (2) Our efforts are still increasing, having served over 1600 homeless veterans and have a recorded 20 veterans suicide saves, since the inception of the respective programs through 2015. (3) Our pioneering efforts are being transposed to and used by collaborative organizations, within CA and other states.

Other than the elimination of veterans homelessness and suicides, Team AMVETS California Charities, Inc., has not yet risen to the next higher level of capabilities, i.e., clearly gone beyond start-up mode.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AMVETS CALIFORNIA CHARITIES INC

Board of directors
as of 12/20/2018
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Enrique Rudino

AMVETS Department of California Charities

Term: 2018 - 2020


Board co-chair

Joe Juarez

AMVETS Department of California Charities

Term: 2018 -

Richard Gillespie

Kyle Miles

Ex-Officio

Turner Houston

Board leadership practices

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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? Yes

Keywords

nonprofit, veterans services