“In defense and support of the service member’s mind and soul…”
And so starts the scrolling banner that greets visitors to the Heroes on the Water (HOW) website. The non-profit organization offers free kayak fishing trips for wounded vets and their families as an unconventional, but successful, supplement to their recovery and post-injury reintegration into society. Besides the obvious physical rehabilitative qualities that kayak fishing provides, there are also psychological and emotional benefits as the very act of kayak fishing helps participants decompress from the stresses associated with combat and the rigors of rehabilitation.
You needn’t look any further than the organization’s exponential growth over the last few years to see proof that HOW is helping our service members. Besides several chapters all over the U.S., the organization has also spread overseas with the opening of HOW chapters in Australia and the United Kingdom.
But with growth sometimes comes challenges, and because they are primarily supported by donations, they’ve started a new ‘crowdfunding’ initiative which could be bonanza for this organization. For those unfamiliar with the term, crowdfunding is a new way to raise money that uses social networking to get the word out, harnessing the collective power of various social groups to solicit micro-donations. Said another way, if many give a little, then the amount of revenue donated to HOW can be enormous. By reposting and sharing with your friends, the word gets out about this noble cause, and as the collective grows, the organization is able to help more service men and women who sacrificed so much for our freedom.
Razoo is the crowdfunding venue that HOW has selected for this new initiative, and if thousands of us make even small donations, the aggregate could surpass any previous fundraising efforts. Please donate and share this link with your friends to help get the word out: http://www.razoo.com/team/Salute-The-Fallen-2014.
Together with donors and hundreds of volunteers throughout out the country, you too can help HOW to fulfill its pledge to help each wounded warrior regain the freedom they fought to protect.
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