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I was on a plane the other day & read a good article about a non-profit organization called Give An Hour Network.
Give an Hour works with military members and with anyone who has a loved one affected by the conflicts in Iraq & Afghanistan. This includes those not eligible for Department of Defense (DOD) or Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits like parents, siblings, significant others and stepchildren.
There are no charges for the sessions and no limits on the number of visits. It is 100 percent free and confidential!
Those seeking help can visit the Give An Hour web site at www.giveanhour.org and search for a provider in the "For Visitors" section. The referrals are completely confidential, and no information about the military member is reported back to the military. The network has providers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Guam. There are phone consultations available for people unable to physically see a provider, such as those stationed overseas.
The "pay it forward" concept is part of the Give An Hour philosophy. Once a person is done with their sessions, he/she is expected to "give back" to the community in some way.
How To Get Involved?
If you are a licensed mental health professional who would like to volunteer time, then you can check out the organization by visiting the web site and learn more about registering and the process of joining the network. You must be licensed in your particular discipline.
If you are not a mental health professional, but really want to volunteer your time, there are still opportunities available. From Administrative tasks to recruitment of new providers, there are places for everyones skills. If this sounds interesting to you, visit the Give An Hour web site section "For Volunteers" and check out the opportunities.
Give An Hour Network is one non-profit organization in a pool of many. Don't be afraid to look around at various ways you can utilize your time and services to support some great causes.
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