Women‚??s Lacrosse and SAAC Partner to Donate to the Veterans Empowerment Organization

Women‚??s Lacrosse and SAAC Partner to Donate to the Veterans Empowerment Organization
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--The Western New England University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and Golden Bears Women's Lacrosse took a break from fall semester final exams this week to put together a special holiday package for the Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO), which is based in Atlanta, Ga.

What's the connection between Atlanta, VEO and Western New England Athletics, you may ask?

Julianne Green '13, a former captain of the team, works as the Lead Transitional Case Manager for the VEO. Green, who majored in social work, helps oversee VEO programs that include one-on-one weekly case management for Veteran clients, job development, job training, financial management, social enterprise work opportunities, substance-abuse groups, Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority access and so much more.

So it was a natural community service cause that for the past two weeks, the WNE SAAC and Women's Lacrosse collected toiletries, winter hats, clothing donations, cash donations and more items to be sent to Green at the VEO.

"At the VEO, we strive to bring hope to homeless Veterans within our city. With an estimated 2,000 homeless veterans in Metro Atlanta, now is the time to take action and change the lives of the veterans in our community," Green explains. "It costs approximately $1,200 per month to cover all of the requirements needed to help fully rehabilitate a single veteran through our housing and supportive programs."

She adds: "Because we currently receive no funding from the government, we depend on the generosity of our community and donors to help us cover the costs to provide the housing and services for our homeless Veterans. It is because of all of you that our work is possible."

"I cannot thank you enough for all of your donations! It means so much to me that the athletic department is still supporting me in all that I do."

If individuals would like to send personal donations for VEO initiatives, they can be sent at any time to: Julianne Green, 373 West Lake Avenue, NW Atlanta, Ga.  30318. For more information, please click here for the VEO website.