(L-R): Benjamin Revette, Dewberry, NEWA Secretary; Heather Harrington, Sprint, NEWA Event Coordinator; Dan Hamm, Hudson Engineering, NEWA Vice President; Jesse Brown, Co-Founder, Heidrea for Heroes; Tara Rand, Crown Castle & NEWA President; Mike Ruley, Crown Castle & Lead Volunteer; Kellie Dunn, Golf Event Chairperson & NEWA Treasurer
Heidrea for Heroes, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing resources and support to military men and women facing challenges after transitioning back to civilian life, received a $40,000 donation from the New England Wireless Association last week.
The gift was presented to Jesse Brown, co-founder of Heidrea for Heroes, at a NEWA holiday event in Boston on December 10. It represents the largest single donation received by Heidrea for Heroes since the inception of the organization. H4H received its official non-profit status in 2013 and has grown rapidly over the past two years, providing a helping hand to veterans facing a wide range of hardships in civilian life. The NEWA donation will enable the organization to expand its efforts to provide workforce readiness programs to veterans who have recently returned from active duty, and to provide project fulfillment for veterans of all ages who are facing challenges. Past projects have included wheelchair ramps, adaptive home and vehicle modifications, mobility equipment, computer technology for students, qualifying home repairs, and other immediate relief.
“We couldn’t be more grateful to the New England Wireless Association for their tremendous generosity. Their donation is a great testament to the work we are doing each day to assist deserving veterans, and these funds will enable us to provide even greater support to more veterans in need” said Jesse Brown, co-founder. NEWA’s President Tara Rand commented, “NEWA serves the wireless community throughout greater New England. On behalf of our members, volunteers and sponsors, the NEWA Board of Directors is honored to support Heidrea for Heroes’ important efforts on behalf of Veterans making the transition back to civilian life after sacrificing so much for our country.”
One of Heidrea for Heroes’ current initiatives is “Lift 21”, a program aimed at lifting a burden for 21 veterans within the first half of 2016. A portion of the NEWA funds will be allocated to this program and the public is invited join in contributing directly to the effort. All 21 projects will be completed betweenJanuary 1 and June 30, 2016. Reflecting the honor of a 21-gun salute, the program will provide custom solutions to 21 individual challenges, while lifting the spirits of the veterans as well. To donate online, visit www.heidrea4heroes.org, or contributions can be sent to Heidrea for Heroes, 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 300, Plymouth, MA 02360.
About Heidrea for Heroes, Inc.
Heidrea for Heroes was founded by Marine Corps veterans and small business owners/partners Jesse Brown and Mathew Mastroianni, who are partners also in a telecommunications firm. Both understand the issues of transition from military to civilian life, and they have formed this non-profit organization to provide vital support services to veterans. Heidrea for Heroes provides adaptive home and vehicle modifications, wheelchair ramps, mobility equipment, and individualized veteran/family support that aim to motivate veterans and families to move forward through transitions. Massachusetts veterans, of any age, in need of assistance can apply for support. More information about the organization can be found online at www.heidrea4heroes.org, or you can call 774-773-3951. Family/friends of veterans can also inquire or apply on their behalf. Heidrea for Heroes maintains offices at 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 300, Plymouth, MA 02360.