The Green Alliance for Veteran Education (G.A.V.E.) was organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes as specified in Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is important to note that one hundred percent of our donations go directly to assisting veterans and their families, as none of our staff receive payment for their work.
All activities of G.A.V.E. are carried out for the benefit of military veterans who have faithfully served their country and may now be struggling with employment issues, low or no income, and even homelessness. Some may be suffering from traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder, and many often feel alone and frustrated. By providing up-to-date resource information, claim support, therapeutic and education opportunities to veterans and their dependents, G.A.V.E. is instrumental in facilitating the veterans’ successful reintegration back into civilian life.
We are currently involved in a myriad projects, two of which are the Northwest Veterans Resource Center, in Port Angeles, Washington, and the the Robin Hill Victory Garden, located in Clallam County, Washington. These can both be viewed by checking out our Projects page.
As always, we are open to discussing future projects and ventures.
Any veteran who wants to have a garden, but doesn’t have the space for one can contact the North West Veteran Resource Center at 360-797-1791 for the latest garden application. You can also download the application here: Robin Hill Victory Garden Application and call the number above for directions on how to submit the application.
Please take time to read the application and understand your responsibilities. This is a veteran community farm, where everyone gets their own plot. However, we do have a shared area as well, where we grow food for all of our gardeners and their families. What we don’t end up using, we donate to the local food banks and veteran stand downs. Seeds and instructions on organic farming are provided by our many advisers and master gardeners, so please don’t worry if you are not an experienced gardener yourself.
All we ask is that you provide a couple hours a week in the garden…planting, picking weeds, or giving guidance to someone else if you are too disabled to do the work yourself. Then, you can enjoy your tomatoes, zucchini, onions, peppers, squash, and NOT paying for them at the store!!
Every year, our gardeners have so many tomatoes, peppers, and zucchini, that they often end up giving them away! In 2014 we harvested around 800 pounds of potatoes for our veterans and their families. The potatoes and produce that weren’t used, were donated to different charities in the community. And every year, we have so many pumpkins that we end up donating some to children programs in Port Angeles and Sequim.
Over 20+ children between the ages of 8-11yrs old were introduced to pumpkins on the vine at the Victory Garden of local veterans on Sept 19th. Several volunteers from the
Each boy and girl were allowed to peruse the rows in order to find ‘just the right pumpkin’ for them. Volunteers from the North West Veterans Resource Center and G.A.V.E. cut the pumpkins from the vine for the children and other volunteers even sacrificed their own clothing in order to ‘shine’ the pumpkins for the proud pumpkin-aires. There were exclamations of surprise when the children realized the vines, leaves and even the stems of pumpkins are endowed with sharp little spikes. A learning experience all around, considering the volunteers were bemoaning the fact that they hadn’t worn long sleeves for the task!
Next up….The Boys and Girls Club of Port Angeles! The rest of the pumpkins will be harvested and taken to the Children’s Clinic in Port Angeles. More fun photos to follow!