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WARFIGHTER MADE

Adapted to the Injury...Customized to the Soul

Temecula, CA   |  http://www.warfightermade.org/

Mission

Warfighter Made is committed to improving the mental health of military service members, veterans, and their families, by providing recreational therapy, camaraderie therapy, S.T.E.M. educational youth programs, and family based events that promote connection and healing.

Ruling year info

2013

CEO/volunteer

Robert Blanton

Executive Director

Kristyn Novoa Mrs.

Main address

42225 Remington Ave, Suite A14

Temecula, CA 92590 USA

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EIN

46-2582060

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

At Warfighter Made, we are addressing the need for our veterans to have means of connecting, healing, and thriving, post service, with injuries seen and unseen, that have forever altered their lives. We will continue to provide recreational therapy, camaraderie therapy, and adapt vehicles for our veterans, free of charge. We will continue to assist our catastrophically wounded veterans to maintain a sense of identity and independence despite the complications caused by their injuries. We will add 3 additional camaraderie therapy trips in 2022. We have currently provided recreational therapy for approximately 248 veterans. With an increase in awareness, networking, and outreach, we aim to increase our impact by 55 veterans , exceeding 300 by the end of 2021. In addition to the Adrenaline Therapy events, we will add 3 additional recreational events to expand our impact. These additional 3 events will be off site, providing recreation in Utah and Colorado.

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?

Adrenaline Therapy Saturdays

Events are held multiple times per year. We provide recreational therapy at a local off road park. Our fleet of Polaris RZR's are provided to our military families to use on a short course. These events provide connection, camaraderie, networking, and most importantly, PTSD management. The adrenalized atmosphere releases dopamine, allowing the participants to enjoy the recreation with their fellow comrades. We invite all branches, from all eras, bridging the gaps between the generations. Professional driver also volunteer their time to provide rides to any participants who do not wish to drive the vehicles themselves.

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Health
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Work status and occupations
Social and economic status

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 public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adrenaline Therapy Saturdays

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Adrenaline Therapy Saturdays

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Adrenaline Therapy events

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 goal at Warfighter Made is to provide the best experience possible for ill, injured, and combat wounded veterans. PTSD and veteran suicide is a serious concern in this country, with 22 veterans a day committing suicide. Our recreational therapy programs are aimed to provide the environment, resources, support and camaraderie that has been shown to give a veteran hope and assist in managing the impact of PTSD. With the use of a fleet of Polaris RZR's, we hold 6 events per year where all veterans, from all branches, and all eras, can come drive the vehicle on a secure course. The adrenaline released while experiencing the thrill of the ride, releases dopamine, the 'feel good' chemical in the brain. This allows the veteran, along with their family, to enjoy off road recreation together. This alleviates the impact of PTSD and creates a supportive environment along side other veterans and their families. These events are extremely impactful to spouses and children of veterans as well, allowing them to enjoy and connect as a family in a fun environment. We have to date, prevented 12 known suicidal veterans from taking their lives, and helped hundreds more find purpose and excitement again. Our community presence and recreational therapy is providing a place to belong for veterans that struggle to acclimate to life after their military service ends. Our camaraderie therapy provides opportunities for veterans to join other veterans and volunteer on projects within our organization. Veteran learn various skills related to the mechanics and maintenance of the off road machines. This type of focus driven work takes their mind off of their stressors, and creates a sense of accomplishment and teamwork. Both teamwork and camaraderie are fundamental values we emphasize in our organization. Additionally, we are finding solutions for catastrophically wounded veterans who desire the ability to maintain aspects of life before their injuries occurred. We are adapting vehicles with the appropriate customization so that that veteran can resume their independence in a way that demonstrates their unique personality and passion. By adapting a motorcycle for an amputee, or adapting a vehicle for a triple amputee, we are providing freedom and independence that a catastrophically wounded veteran has lost. The impact on a veteran is immense. We not only find a physical way for them to thrive, but drastically effect them psychologically. Giving an identity, freedom, and independence back to a veteran is giving them a sense of self back that they feared would be lost forever. The impact this creates not only effects the veterans mental health, but positively impacts relationships with spouses, children, family, and society.

Our strategy involves the expansion of programs and events, as well as expand and grow the relationships with our community and sponsors. We will expand our impact and awareness through social media platforms, community events, and networking within our community. Additionally, we are collaborating with others veteran non profits to provide support to one another and ensure veterans are given the best experience possible. We have implemented new systems and organization that will catapult our outreach and impact within the community. Sponsor and donor relationships will be nurtured and grown together through the shared interest of creating solutions for the veteran community, more specifically, combat wounded and those suffering with PTSD. We will expand our impact as leaders by partaking in leadership development, organizational growth, communication and public speaking.

In addition to our current programs, we decided to add a youth program to our organization. The program is called B.O.L.T (Building Offroad Leaders of Tomorrow). It is a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) based program for the children of military service members and veterans from ages 6-11. The program teaches the importance of preserving and protecting ecosystems, respectful and responsible recreation, drivers safety, and proper maintenance of the offroad machine. Additionally, students are taught a new character development trait each week and how it pertains to being a good citizen and leader in the world. This program has made a tremendous impact on the families involved in the program. Students are involved in hands on learning modules, using various tools and metrics, learning public speaking skills, and improving over all self esteem and confidence. Additionally, the program involves the parents of the students, which provides a common interest and platform for connection and healing for both the child and parent.

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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WARFIGHTER MADE

Board of directors
as of 02/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mike Shatynski

US Navy Rear Admiral(retired)

Term: 2021 - 2023

Aaron Wedeking

PRP Seats

Gary Haugley

Auto Appraiser

Harold Phillips

BFGoodrich

Robert Blanton

retired USMC

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 ? Yes
  • 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 2/15/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/04/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.