Veterans Green Jobs

Veterans Green Jobs mission is to provide military veterans in Colorado with meaningful employment opportunities in residential energy efficiency sectors that serve our communities and environment. We believe that veterans are well suited towards these careers, which allow our nation to be more energy secure and independent, and provide for environmental stewardship of our communities and public lands. Veterans have a strong desire to continue to serve after their military service and they bring considerable technical and personal skills from their military service to the workforce. However, they need mentorship, career counseling, on-the-job experience and networking to find these jobs at a time when the unemployment rate for returning post-9/11 veterans exceeds 10%. Help us make a difference in the lives of these returning veterans and their families !

Organizational Overview

Name
Veterans Green Jobs
Phone
720-236-1300
Address
953 Decatur Street
Denver, CO 80204
EIN
26-2252100
Website
www.veteransgreenjobs.org
Email
vickie@veteransgreenjobs.org
Former
Names
(2009)Veterans Green-Jobs Alliance
Mission
Statement
Veterans Green Jobs' mission is to engage, transition and connect military veterans with meaningful employment opportunities that serve our communities and environment.
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A Word from the CEO - November 2013

Veterans Green Jobs is now in its 5th year as a non-profit organization serving veterans, our communities and the environment. Our unique organization and mission is based on the premise that veterans of all eras want to continue serving our nation and communities in other ways after they leave military service, whether it be it for one enlistment period or an entire career. Military veterans possess many technical, teamwork and communication skills which they bring with them when they transition back to civilian life. These skills, and their impulse to serve, can be put to good use in concert with other like-minded individuals, both veterans and non-veterans.

Unfortunately, many veterans still struggle to find meaningful work in a recovering economy. After more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, our youngest veteran population - those who have served since 9-11, continue to face higher unemployment rates than the general population. Many programs and opportunities are needed to mentor these veterans and help them transition into the job market.

At Veterans Green Jobs we do this by employing veterans in residential energy efficiency sectors in Denver, primarily through weatherization services to low-income families. Over the past year we assisted several hundred returning veterans with opportunities in wild-land fire fighting through our partnership program with Conservation Corps partners in the western U.S. Many of these veterans were able to complete this program and find seasonal or full-time employment in this important line of work. Although our formal program involvement ended this summer, these opportunities continue to grow with our Corps partners and federal agencies.

We employ 15 veterans in our low-income weatherization program that serves the Denver and Jefferson County regions of Colorado. This program is now in its fourth year of operations under our banner. Veterans serve alongside their civilian counterparts in positions such as energy efficiency technicians, managers and administrators, to provide crucial home energy improvement services to qualifying households. We work in concert with the State Energy Office, as well as City and County government agencies, to provide these services.

Throughout this year and next, we will continue to partner with other nonprofits, veterans and community organizations and government agencies to reach even more former members of the armed forces. Putting veterans back to work is a monumental task that cannot be achieved by a few organizations alone, and there is much more work to be done. We look forward to more collaborative opportunities to ensure our returning and deserving veterans find work that serves our communities and the environment.

In Service to Veterans,
Dr. Bill Doe
CEO of Veterans Green Jobs
U.S. Army Veteran

Board Chair/President Statement

Robert Browning said it so well, "He who did well in war, earns the right to begin doing well in peace." Veterans Green Jobs is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to engage, transition, and connect military veterans with meaningful employment opportunities that serve our communities and our environment. We believe that by equipping our nation's military veterans with transferable skills, tools and resources, we will enable veterans to maintain their sense of service, give back to their community, and contribute to a healthy, sustainable, and secure future of our natural resources.

Lt. Colonel George Goodson, USMC (Ret) aptly describes a veteran: " A veteran is someone, who at one point, wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount of up to and including their life." For all of us at Veteran Green Jobs let me say, if you are a serving warrior or are a veteran: thank you for your service! Thank you for putting your life on the line for us and for our freedom. If you are a spouse, a child, or a family member of a veteran, thanks for your sacrifice. And for the individuals, companies, foundations, and government officials that have partnered with us and encouraged us with your time, advice, talent and finances, thank you for believing in our veterans and our mission.

For those who are learning about VGJ for the first time, I invite you to join our ranks as partners, volunteers or as financial supporters. We look forward to collaborating with you!

Sincerely,
Milton G. Parsons, Ed.D
U.S. Army Veteran

Background Statement

Founded in 2008, Veterans Green Jobs is a nonprofit organization. Our mission is to engage, transition and connect military veterans with meaningful employment opportunities that serve our communities and environment. We operate a variety of programs in sustainable economic sectors including energy efficiency / conservation; renewable / clean energy; green construction / building; environmental remediation / response; and sustainable agriculture.

Veterans Green Jobs believes that by equipping our nation's military veterans with transferable skills, tools and resources, and helping them reintegrate into society with meaningful jobs, we will enable them to maintain their sense of service, give back to their community, and contribute to a healthy, sustainable and secure future for themselves and their families.

Executive Director Statement

A Word from the CEO - August 2013

Veterans Green Jobs is now in its 5th year as a non-profit organization serving veterans, our communities and the environment. Our unique organization and mission is based on the premise that veterans of all eras want to continue serving our nation and communities in other ways after they leave military service, whether it be it for one enlistment period or an entire career. Military veterans possess many technical, teamwork and communication skills which they bring with them when they transition back to civilian life. These skills, and their impulse to serve, can be put to good use in concert with other like-minded individuals, both veterans and non-veterans.

Unfortunately, many veterans still struggle to find meaningful work in a recovering economy. After more than a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, our youngest veteran population - those who have served since 9-11, continue to face higher unemployment rates than the general population. Many programs and opportunities are needed to mentor these veterans and help them transition into the job market.

At Veterans Green Jobs we do this by employing veterans in energy efficiency and other related green industry and outdoor conservation sectors. Over the past year we assisted several hundred returning veterans with opportunities in wild-land fire fighting through our partnership program with Conservation Corps partners in the western U.S. Many of these veterans were able to complete this program and find seasonal or full-time employment in this important line of work. Although our formal program involvement ended this summer, these opportunities continue to grow with our Corps partners and federal agencies.

We also employ veterans in our low-income weatherization program that serves the Denver and Jefferson County regions of Colorado. This program is now in its fourth year of operations under our banner. Veterans serve alongside their civilian counterparts in positions such as energy efficiency technicians, managers and administrators, to provide crucial home energy improvement services to qualifying households. We work in concert with the State Energy Office, as well as City and County government agencies, to provide these services.

Throughout this year and next, we will continue to partner with other nonprofits, veterans and community organizations and government agencies to reach even more former members of the armed forces. Putting veterans back to work is a monumental task that cannot be achieved by a few organizations alone, and there is much more work to be done. We look forward to more collaborative opportunities to ensure our returning and deserving veterans find work that serves our communities and the environment.

In Service to Veterans,
Dr. Bill Doe
CEO of Veterans Green Jobs
U.S. Army Veteran

Needs Statement

1. Expand the diversity on the Board of Directors
2. Expand Green and Healthy Homes Initiative
3. Expand National program
4. Design more detailed evaluation and measurement criteria
5. Broaden funding base

Impact Statement

Veterans Green Jobs is Colorado's largest provider of energy efficiency (weatherization) services for income-qualified homes in Denver and Jefferson Counties.

Through a contract with the Colorado Energy Office, Veterans Green Jobs has helped an annual average of 1,200 households increase their energy efficiency and safety since 2009. Our weatherization services - which may include home energy audits, insulation upgrades, air leak sealing, and installation of high-efficiency appliances such as furnaces and refrigerators - help residents ensure that their energy consuming equipment is operating at maximum efficiency. These services help make residents more comfortable in winter and summer, reduce utility bills, increase health and safety, and lower their carbon footprint. Veterans Green Jobs has received funding to continue this work through June 30, 2014.

We can't do these things ourselves anymore." - Lois

Lois hopes her bills will be lower due to recent weatherization services.

When two volunteers from Veterans Green Jobs came knocking on Lois and Ernie's door to share information about energy efficiency services, Lois and Ernie gladly accepted the offer to have a free home energy audit. They qualified for the services based on their income.

"We're striving for lower energy bills," says Lois, who has lived in the home with her husband for 50 years.

A few years ago, they installed new doors and windows to keep the cold air out of their home. They also insulated their attic. "But we found out we needed 10 more inches of insulation to keep us warm."

In addition to the need for better insulation, Veterans Green Jobs determined Lois and Ernie's 1956 home needed smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. The couple was also eligible to receive a new energy-efficient refrigerator and an updated furnace. The existing furnace didn't meet code.

Lois understands the benefits these enhancements will offer her household, which also includes her daughter and grand-daughter. "I'm hoping the new refrigerator will lower the bills," she says.

Ernie is a veteran of the U.S. Army. While not a person of many words, Ernie appreciates the work Veterans Green Jobs does to put veterans to work. "It's a great program," he says with a smile.

Lois has a newspaper in front of her. She points to it. "I understand veterans have a hard time getting jobs when they get home. They left perfectly good jobs and it's terrible to come back when they don't have good paying work."

For Lois and Ernie, ages 82 and 84, Veterans Green Jobs provides much needed services. They both see a clear benefit to local communities.

Lois sums it up: "We can't do these things ourselves anymore. It's a great service Veterans Green Jobs is offering."

For more testimonials please visit:
http:veteransgreenjobs.org/testimonials

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