Heroes on the Water seeks volunteers

21 Mar

The Genesee Valley New York Chapter of Heroes on the Water, a local organization chartered just a year ago, will be hosting an informational event for volunteers on Sunday March 27 at the Cottreall-Warner American Legion Post #942 (corner of Ridge and Five Mile Line roads).

Heroes on the Water was established nationally in 2007 as a veterans charity which

creates alternative wellness programs to serve veterans, active-duty military personnel, first responders and their families. These experiential programs incorporate structured activities proven to improve the lives of these men and women. Each experience reduces the impact of post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury while providing much-needed camaraderie and support. (from the Heroes on the Water website)

The primary therapy utilized by the program is kayak fishing, offered at free events hosted by more than 60 volunteer-led chapters around the country. Veterans, active military, first responders and their families are all invited to participate, free of charge.

Volunteers with various skills are needed to fill several support roles, including photography, fishing, administration, marketing and more. (See the poster for more.)

This Sunday’s event is kind of a “get-to-know-you” opportunity, a chance to meet the administrators, ask questions, grab some information and find out about volunteer opportunities.

The meeting will be held Sunday, March 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Cottreall-Warner American Legion Post #942 (corner of Ridge and Five Mile Line roads). If you can’t make it and would like to find out more about Heroes on the Water and the Genesee Valley Chapter, check out their Facebook page here. You can also email them at GeneseeValley.NY@heroesonthewater.org.

And if you’re interested in learning more about why a group of Webster friends created this local chapter last year, read this blog which I posted last fall.

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