Vets' Community Connections

Connecting Veterans, Military and their Families with the San Diego Community

aka VCC   |   San Diego, CA   |  vetscommunityconnections.org

Mission

To assist veterans, military and their families in successfully integrating into their community by expanding their local networks and involving individuals and organizations from all parts of the community.

Ruling year info

2018

President/CoFounder

Kari McDonough

Main address

4640 Cass Street

San Diego, CA 92109-9998 USA

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EIN

82-4702420

NTEE code info

Management & Technical Assistance (J02)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

While there are tens of thousands of great organizations already serving veterans across the country, one need in particular continues to go unmet: Veterans don’t feel connected to their civilian communities. Over half of veterans and military report feeling disconnected from the communities in which they live. Veterans and military families often don’t have local networks or know where to turn when they have questions like: What are the local schools like? How can I turn my military skills into a civilian career? What are the best local businesses that I can rely on? Veterans are not asking for another website; they are looking to connect with real people, in their community. Likewise many civilians don’t want to SAY something—like “thanks for your service.” – they want to DO something. They want to give of themselves, in timeframes that work in their busy lives, and offer their expertise, knowledge, experiences when its needed.

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?

Vets' Community Connections

VCC addresses transitioning and reintegration challenges and gaps by providing a channel for veterans, military, and their families to more easily and fully reintegrate into their communities following military service, facilitating their ability to lead happier, healthier, and more financially secure lives. In doing so VCC also contributes to the greater community having a better understanding of their fellow neighbors who have served in uniform.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Veterans

Introduces veterans, military, and their spouses to local career opportunities. Attendees are offered an up-close and personal introduction to a variety of career tracks available in local organizations. The initiative also provides business personnel the chance to get a personal introduction/ understanding of the veteran/military and spouse workforce in a way they can’t through resumes and job fairs.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Where we work

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.

VCC works to connect veterans, military, their families and caregivers, in a manner consistent with COVID prevention guidelines, to up-to-date, vetted, local resources, with the aim that they will feel connected and supported by their community.

Our top priorities include:

(1) Conduct one-on-one needs assessments with veteran/military family clients and offer tailored connections to community support.
VCC has received a marked increase in military/veteran/spouse requests for assistance managing day-to-day challenges.

(2) Link transitioning military/veterans with local experts to explore new career opportunities.
Personal connections are going to be more important than ever in finding employment in the upcoming months/years and VCC has a wide variety of local experts ready to provide advice and assistance.


(3) Assist veteran/military programs in finding needed volunteers and non-monetary donations.
In the past months many organizations have extinguished their pool of volunteers/non-monetary donations and have turned to VCC for assistance. VCC has aggressively promoted opportunities for community members to give back. San Diego community members are eager to provide support, and there is plenty to do that can still fall within social-distancing guidelines.

VCC addresses transitioning and integration challenges and gaps by providing a channel for veterans, military, and their families to more easily and fully reintegrate into their communities following military service, facilitating their ability to lead happier, healthier, and more financially secure lives. Through VCC, local residents and organizations can offer knowledge or expertise to veterans and their families on subjects such as (a) education opportunities, (b) career paths, (c) recreation and youth sports, (d) volunteerism, (e) neighborhoods and schools, and (f) trusted local business for exclusive veteran/military discounts. By involving the wider community VCC contributes to the greater community having a better understanding of their fellow neighbors who have served in uniform. Additionally, VCC connects veteran/military to the wide variety of government, nonprofit veteran serving organizations and the many additional non-veteran/military specific community resources.

In addition to serving as a backbone connector to community resources, VCC offers additional programming to bridge the military-civilian divide:
• Careers in the Community: A monthly program which introduces veterans, military, and their spouses to local career opportunities, and training/certification programs.
• Volunteers in the Community: An ongoing program which connects San Diegans with volunteer opportunities supporting local veteran and military focused organizations.
• Operation Ally: A program to fill identified gaps in veteran support by involving local businesses.

VCC has been working in San Diego County for over five years with a talented team that brings deep knowledge of supporting veterans, military and their families, and community collaboration. We have strong support from the San Diego community, and approach our work as one core piece of veteran integration which augments with the vast array of other veteran support resources.

VCC utilizes a Salesforce system that enables us to track cases, and metrics.

Increased veteran/military connections to the community by 39% in 2020.
Launched monthly Careers in the Community webinar series to introduce veterans, military and spouses to local career avenues
Launched Operation Ally to involve the business community in filling gaps in veteran support
Launched Volunteers in the Community to connect community members with avenues to support veteran/military focused organizations/programs in San Diego County.

Financials

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Operations

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Vets' Community Connections

Board of directors
as of 3/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Douglas Wilson

Meg Storer

211 San Diego

Derek Danzinger

Katz Associates

Shawn Vandiver

Deloitte

Michael Sapos

Qualcomm

Adrian Brown

Viejas

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 03/10/2021

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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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data