The Friends of Delaware Veterans made a $40,000 donation to the Trust Fund Legacy on Dec. 16.
President Dave Skocik and vice president Paul Davis presented the check to Southern Delaware Community Foundation vice president Michael DiPaolo.
The check was garnered from proceeds from the Friends’ ninth annual fundraising dinner, held in November at Dover’s Modern Maturity Center.
The state increased its annual contribution to the fund from $25,000 to $100,000 in 2019. The Friends’ work and contributions make up for shortfalls.
“In addition to providing funds on request to the (Office of Veterans Services), we are about one-third toward our goal of raising $1 million to create a self-funding legacy endowment that ensures Delaware’s men and women veterans of all generations are never in a position where they feel abandoned,” said Mr. Skocik.
Founded in 2014, the Friends is an independent 501(c)3. Its board is comprised of veterans who work pro bono throughout the year, raising funds distributed by the Office of Veterans Services to honorably discharged veterans across the state who meet the criteria for “can’t wait” needs.
The grants are one-time, hand-up direct payments to creditors to stop evictions, repossessions of vehicles and cutoff of utilities; to make security deposits on living quarters and emergency repairs to homes; to help with household expenses during recovery from an injury; and to sometimes provide emergency housing and food.