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Us for Warriors Foundation

aka Us4Warriors   |   Chula Vista, CA   |  www.Us4Warriors.org

Mission

Us for Warriors Foundation or "Us4Warriors" is a California Public Benefit Corporation dedicated to promote the social welfare of the troops and veterans community. “Everything we do helps veterans and their families." The footprint we leave behind is not just imprints from strong boots, but also strong lives.

Ruling year info

2014

CEO/President

Mr. Anthony E. Stewart

Vice President

Mr. Carlos Carreon

Main address

1690 W. Frontage Road Suite 201

Chula Vista, CA 91911 USA

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EIN

46-4167683

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Other Art, Culture, Humanities Organizations/Services N.E.C. (A99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Everything we do helps the troops, veterans and their families. We have three tiered aims: Live, Prosper and Aspire. We help them live for a stronger life. We help them prosper for a brighter future. We help them aspire for greater dreams!

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?

Food4Warriors Program

The Food4Warriors© Program bundles several ongoing projects to serve all those in need within the military and veteran communities of San Diego County. From hosting food distributions to targeted deliveries and special events, Us4Warriors provides emergency food and basic needs assistance for eligible active duty, active duty dependents, veterans and their immediate families. Each month, the Us4Warriors Team travels
to 1 of 8 locations throughout San Diego County with our Warrior Volunteer Force to provide groceries and assorted assistance items to thousands each year. Via our Food4Veterans© project, Us4Warriors has established a local partnership with the Nutrition Department of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as exclusive agent to provide special sacks of hand-selected, approved groceries monthly for veterans who have been identified with food insecurity issues among all 7 of the local VA Clinics and VA Aspire Center. With our Feast4Warriors© project, Us4Warriors hosts special events during the holidays and challenging times to support those in need as well, especially those struggling with large household sizes and special needs children. New for this year is our Food4Standdown© which provides groceries to those in need during County Veteran Homeless Standdown events in San Diego and North County serving over 1,800 annually. In addition, efforts are underway to add a Pantry4Warriors© as well to provide a consistent source of food inventory to better support the food programs and offer those eligible and in need with direct access to food and basic needs assistance.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Fueled by our team of over 350, the Warrior Volunteer Force, completes monthly community service projects, such as, bringing a community together to help repair veteran homes, services that assist local veteran centers, consistent service projects throughout the year for a 400 bed Veterans Retirement Home facility that uplifts and maintains the quality of life for hundreds of elder veterans, providing key support teams for two local standdown events assisting over 1400 homeless veterans each year, assembling and delivering hundreds of wheelchairs to those in need, coordinating an annual 6K Veterans Walk event that raises funding for an annual holiday event for hundreds of elder veterans, teams to coordinate and assist with local health fair and military school child support events helping hundreds, and basic assistance support for junior military, Veterans and their families in need.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Debutin during 2018, the program provides training and support services for those in need of elements that can lead them to become self-reliant and prosperous through various trainings and seminars covering topics, such as budget and financial training, job and career assistance, military-to-civilian transition assistance, Veteran Owned business opportunities and sessions that help remove roadblocks to prosperity in the lives of those who have given of themselves in service of our country and their families.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Aspire Program is designed to assist Veterans and their families with achieving the next phase after self-reliance in which they are uplifted to pursue their dreams. From support of Veteran artists at Annual Art4Warriors events showcasing their artistic works, Veteran authors via Book4Warriors activities at Book Festivals providing a platform for them to connect with industry professionals and showcase their written work to helping aspiring sports enthusiasts opportunities to perform. Through Aspire, warriors - past and present - are provided various platforms throughout the year to strengthen their talents and achieve their dreams.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Where we work

Awards

Veteran's Allegiance Award (Top Veterans Non-Profit) 2016

County of San Diego

Top Ranked Non-Profit 2017

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Top Ranked Non-Profit 2018

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Top Ranked Non-Profit 2019

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Top Ranked Non-Profit 2020

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Top Ranked Non-Profit 2021

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Chula Vista Community Champion 2020

City of Chula Vista

Top Ranked Non-Profit 2022

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Affiliations & memberships

Feeding America (began serving as Partnering Agency) 2017

San Diego Food Bank (began serving as Partnering Agency) 2018

Live Well Partnership (County of San Diego) 2018

2-1-1 San Diego (County of San Diego) 2018

Congressional Committee on Veterans Affairs (Economic Opportunity) Testimony on Veterans Hunger 2021

Food Empowerment Partner, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs/San Diego VA Medical Center (began) 2017

San Diego Veterans Coalition (membership began) 2019

San Diego Veterans Employment Commission (membership began) 2021

City of Chula Vista Civic Public Library (began partnership) 2021

STEERus Soft Skills Academy (began partnership) 2021

Featured in book "Seven Secrets of Neuron Leadership" 2017

Veteran Non-Profit of the Year, State Assembly District 76, State of California 2016

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Everything we do helps the troops, veterans and their families.

Through that concise focus comes a dedicated path of belief that we can help with every action. We believe our own history of military service, veteran related endeavors and proven commitment to others every day gives that simple phrase the most effective and resourceful meaning imaginable. Through our support programs, helping hand deeds, inspiring events and heartfelt advocacy, we believe that the key to making lives better is to seeing the “whole veteran" and finding ways to engage a community to fill the gaps and make a difference to enrich the lives of the troops, veterans and their families.

We aim to help the troops, veterans and their families live stronger lives.

Everything we do together improves the lives of the troops, veterans and their families.

Our mission is fulfilled in many ways, but the key to improving lives is to never lose sight in knowing that our team is a body with many parts that work together to make things happen… Each works together. Each feeds off the other. Each needs the other. The most powerful parts are the heart and soul. You and the Us4Warriors Team!

Together, we support the troops, veterans and their families through Helping Hand Deeds and Five Star key programs: Veterans Volunteer Force, Liberty Pass Program, Life Armor Alliance, VOBMOB Business Corps, and Veterans in Transition Professional Fitness.

Together, we accomplish more, help more and bring more to the troops, veterans and their families. The footprints we leave behind are not just imprints from strong boots, but also stronger lives.

To date, we have excelled in each area that we have chosen to pursue. Our actions are rooted in the solid management of skillfully operating in a lean but impactful manner.

Each program, project and deed is supported by a strong and wide cast of volunteers. In 2016, for example, we were supported by 387 volunteered.

Our skillful management or resources allows us to make amazing things happen while doing so in a very lean manner as conservative stewards of all funding and logistics necessary to achieve results.

In just a few years of existence, we have helped many active duty, active duty dependents, veterans and their families in many ways.

Our success is rooted deeply in following our WHY:

"Everything We Do Supports the Troops, Veterans and Their Families"

...and knowing that although we continue to amass a remarkable list of those we have been fortunate to help, we know that the mission continues as there are many who need help and supporting them is what we have yet to accomplish.

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 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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Us for Warriors Foundation

Board of directors
as of 12/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Anthony Stewart

Us for Warriors Foundation

Term: 2014 -

Howard Darter

Us for Warriors Foundation

Kenneth Greenawald

Us for Warriors Foundation

Ronald Stark

Us for Warriors Foundation

Kevin Rogers

Us for Warriors Foundation

Barry Baron

Us for Warriors Foundation

Tom Anderson

Us for Warriors Foundation

Carlos Carreon

Us for Warriors Foundation

Chris Yates

Us for Warriors Foundation

Daniel Spragno

Us for Warriors Foundation

Al Lejarde

Us for Warriors Foundation

Bobby Erdmann

Us for Warriors Foundation

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/28/2021

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, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data