Pamela Travis is always on the lookout for volunteer opportunities that will engage veterans in Richmond’s Wounded Warrior Project. As one of the Peer Support Group Leaders for this group, she found an ideal match with SOAR365 and Camp Baker in Chesterfield County.
“Wounded Warrior veterans have all experienced some degree of disability or injury resulting from their military service,” said Pamela. “We felt this was a great opportunity to serve others who also experience challenges that come with disabilities in life.”
Pamela recently brought a group of veterans – three women and two men – to Camp Baker, where they stained a small structure and built a railing on a pavilion in preparation for summer camp. Although the activity lasted just a couple of hours, she said the volunteers would have worked longer.
“The group actually worked the full two hours of the activity, instead of one hour and then going to eat“ Pamela said. “They really got into the spirit of the project and enjoyed every minute of it.”
Drawing on their collective military experience, the veterans worked closely as a team and accomplished a lot in a short time. “We believe in giving back to the community, and this was a great opportunity to demonstrate that commitment,” added Pamela.
“We also appreciate the important work of SOAR365,” she said. “Everyone in this Wounded Warriors group feels a real connection to its mission. We’re excited about the possibility of coming back in the next month or two to continue our volunteer work.”
The Wounded Warriors Project provides support and services to veterans as well as active service members who are preparing to transition back to civilian life. If you know a veteran or service member who could benefit from participating in Wounded Warriors, please contact Pamela Travis at 804-454-6461.
To find out more about volunteer opportunities at SOAR365, please send an email to [email protected]!