Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Response to volunteerism column: Pin-Ups for Vets

Dear Chuck,
I receive Google alerts about Volunteerism and your blog entry came up about the importance of volunteering. What a great piece that was!
After graduating from UCLA, I started a nonprofit to help improve the lives of hospitalized Veterans and healthcare programs in VA Hospitals. We produce a World War-II style pin-up fundraiser calendar each year to help us in our mission to support ill and injured Veterans, deployed troops, military spouses, homeless vets, and female vets entering the workplace, as well as VA Hospitals. You can check out all the pages of our website at
Since I began the project eight years ago, I have been able to make volunteering "glamorous."   Young women who never thought to step foot into a Veterans Hospital are contacting me daily to see how they can join our 1940's-style calendar girl volunteers on our 50-state VA Hospital Tour. I am most proud of the fact that I have been able to encourage volunteerism to help our Nation's heroes in hospitals across the U.S. You can visit the "Gina's Vists" page and our "Press Room" page on our website to learn more about our project. Also our Blog page has some interesting entries.
I would love to come to Michigan someday to visit your hospitalized Veterans. We are always looking for sponsors to help our volunteers make the trips to each state. We have visited over 5,000 hospitalized Vets at their bedsides across the U.S. to boost morale and deliver appreciation gifts. Our hospital visits are always so very appreciated.
If you know of a business or group of people that you think might like to sponsor us to help us get to Michigan for a visit with your hospitalized Veterans, please let me know.
Thanks again for a great piece on volunteering.

Best wishes for a happy New Year,
Gina Elise
Pin-Ups For Vets
501(c) 3 Non-profit Organization

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