Here are the clubs who have notified us of their participation in 11/11@7. So far nearly 50 clubs are having events nationwide with more confirming their events each day.
- Toledo, OH (4) – Toledo, West Toledo, Greater Maumee Bay, Maumee
- Perrysburg, OH
- New England – NYC Region
- Farmington, CT
- Houston Downtown, TX
- Memorial Exchange Club – Houston, TX
- Sugarland Exchange Club, TX
- Fremont, OH
- Troy, AL
- Vero Beach, FL
- Indian River, FL
- Emerald Coast (Destin), FL
- Swift Creek, NC
- Colorado Springs, CO
- Lincoln Park, MI
- Jackson, MI
- Nashville, TN
- Flagstaff, AZ
- Quincy, IL
- Washington, D.C.
- Murfreesboro, TN
- Erie – Niagara
- Trenton, NJ
- Detroit, MI (2)
- Ann Arbor, MI
- Wilmington, NC
- Madison, WI
- Indianapolis, IN (2)
- Ann Arbor, MI
- Anderson, IN
- McMinnville, TN
- North Chicago
- Billings, MT
- Bellevue, TN
- Memphis and Shelby County, TN
- Jackson, TN
- Murphy, TX
- Woodbridge, VA
- Marietta, GA
- Greenwood, MO
- Springfield, VA
- Downingtown, PA
- Leesburg, VA
- Ocean, NJ
- Sparta, NJ
- Long Branch, NJ
- Midwest City, OK
- Chico, CA
- Lynchburg, VA
Cool ideas we are hearing about:
- The four Toledo Exchange clubs are uniting to have a USO style event together with each club taking on a role. The Toledo Club #2 will manage a chili cook-off, the West Toledo Club will manage a silent auction and Greater Maumee Bay Club will will be selling “War Bonds,” an idea created by Maumee Bay President Lisa McCartney. These will be “War Bond Certificates” for the battle to end veteran homelessness. This is such a good idea we are working to allow you to issue them beginning 11/1. Stay tuned!
- Jeff Young, Region 7 Vice President, is engaging his entire region (Indiana) and is sending a letter to the commanders of all of the VFWs and American Legion commanders inviting them to have their own rallies at their own posts in association the local Exchange Clubs.
- Tom Miller and his team in Colorado Springs is putting together a $100 plate dinner. $25 will cover the costs and with the balance going to house our heroes.
- Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast District thinks they may have a local cafeteria that will donate some percentage of receipts collected during a portion of the night of 11/11, say from 6-8 p.m., to the fundraising effort.
- The Exchange Club of Bellevue, TN, is hosting a cornhole tournament.
- The Exchange Club of Jacksonville, FL, has partnered with three local Bruster’s, which have agreed to donate $1 for each waffle cone they sell on Veterans Day and will allow the club to collect donations as well.
- For any smaller or low ticket events with cover charges such as $5 or $10, we have found out if you make the cover charge a “donation of any amount,” you will give people the opportunity to give as much as they can, usually more than the cover charge we would have charged.
- Clubs are also buying the Veterans Matter/Exchange Club event T-shirts, Exchange Strong/Veterans Matter bumper stickers, Veterans Matter pins and Veterans Matter wristbands. T-shirts are $10, the rest are $2 each. Shirts are being resold for $20 with the rest being resold for any donation of $5 or any amount of your choosing. To order items contact us here.
Let us know what you are doing for your event so we can share it with all the other organizations scheduling 11/11 @ 7 Rallies! To help us track events, be sure to register your event on the National Exchange Club Fundraising Platform.
For other, non-NEC groups hosting rallies, you can add your event/team right here. Click “Start Fundraising” and then “Create your fundraising page” for your event.
All checks should be made out to Veterans Matter and write the group/club(s) in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to Veterans Matter, 3450 W. Central Ave, Suite #108, Toledo, OH 43606
Here’s a video announcement produced by the NEC to share in our joint effort:
EXCHANGE CLUB PARTNERS WITH VETERANS MATTER IN NATIONAL EFFORT TO HOUSE HOMELESS VETERANS
The National Exchange Club and Veterans Matter Declare a State of Urgency to End Veteran Homelessness Nationwide
One national organization is dedicated to service and the other that focuses on those who served in uniform. Together, The National Exchange Club and Veterans Matter, two front-line groups, have announced they will work together to raise funds to ensure every American veteran has a place to call home.
The National Exchange Club, with over 20,000 members in nearly 650 clubs across the country, unites with Veterans Matter, the innovative program with a 100% success rate in housing veterans in a long-term supportive program with a stated 91% success rate in keeping them housed. The program frees up other local funding, then used to prevent another veteran or veteran family from winding up on the streets.
The campaign kicks off with simultaneous fundraising Rallies and Walks in over 100 cities and towns at 7:00 p.m. on Veterans Day. The Exchange Clubs will raise funds to house homeless veterans in their own communities, regions and throughout the nation. Local Exchange Clubs will serve as a rally point for all groups caring about veterans in their respective communities.
“We are proud to partner with The National Exchange Club as they, too, are actively dedicated to caring for the men and women who served as well as the most vulnerable people in all communities. We are declaring this a ‘State of Urgency’ because there are veterans and veteran families with children waiting right now for housing. They just need the help getting over the threshold,” said Ken Leslie, founder of Veterans Matter, a program of the 501c3 non-profit 1Matters.org.
“The National Exchange Club recognizes the tragedy that so many service men and women, those who’ve fought to protect us, have been forgotten,” said Tracey Edwards, Executive Vice President of The National Exchange Club. “Since our founding in 1911 the Exchange has had a proud history of helping families achieve stability. With Veterans Matter we have found a remarkably effective way to help thousands of Veterans and Veteran Families living on our nations streets to “cross the threshold” into their own homes as fast as possible.
“The National Exchange Club has promoted Americanism – pride in country, respect for the flag, and appreciation of our American freedoms – since shortly after World War I. Those values, combined with the Club’s strong history of community service, means the partnership with Veterans Matter is a natural extension of the organization’s commitment to its country,” Edwards said.
Partnering with the VA and the HUD-VASH program, Veterans Matter eliminates the last barrier keeping homeless veterans out of long-term supportive housing – the security deposit. Veterans Matter pays that security deposit directly to the landlord via a secure online system, scalable to every funded community. Referrals come exclusively from VA staff when a veteran has identified housing and is ready and able to sign the lease. Referrals are approved online within minutes. Because the program is supported by over 20 celebrities including Gary Sinise, Kid Rock, Ice-T, Katy Perry, Susan Sarandon, and others who all raise funds or awareness for the program, many landlords are comfortable allowing the vet /heroes into housing immediately.
Ken Leslie, formerly homeless, started Veterans Matter in Toledo, Ohio in 2012 to house 35 local veterans. Since then, the program has gone viral and has housed over 800 veterans in 10 states. The program’s effectiveness earned Leslie an invitation to participate in the White House Summit to End Veteran Homelessness this past summer.
“We all enjoy our freedom thanks to Veterans so homelessness for any veteran is flat-out unacceptable,” said Leslie. “We believe no soldier should be left behind, even if they’re no longer actively serving. By working together to end veteran homelessness, we have the opportunity to let these men, women and children know they matter.”
“Club members will rally all Americans in their communities to reach this goal,” said Edwards. “We all have a responsibility to fight on behalf of those who fought for us.”
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Partnering with the VA and the HUD-VASH program, Veterans Matter eliminates the last barrier preventing homeless veterans from becoming housed in long-term supportive housing – the security deposit – which Veterans Matter pays directly to the landlord via a secure online system scalable to every funded community. Referrals come exclusively from VA staff when the veteran has identified housing and is ready and able to sign the lease. Referrals are approved online within minutes.
Because the program is supported by over 20 celebrities including Gary Sinise, Kid Rock, Ice-T, Katy Perry, Susan Sarandon, and others who all raise funds or awareness for the program, many landlords allow the heroes into the housing immediately.
Started in Toledo, Ohio in 2012 by Ken Leslie, himself formerly homeless, to house 35 local veterans, the program has gone viral housing more than 2,200 veterans in 17 states. The program’s effectiveness earned Leslie an invitation to participate in the White House Summit to End Veteran Homelessness this past summer.
“We all enjoy our freedom thanks to veterans, and homelessness for any veteran is flat-out unacceptable,” Leslie said. “We believe no soldier should be left behind. By working together to end veteran homelessness, we have the opportunity to let these men, women and children know they matter.”
You can start right now. This is America. We care.