The best way to find yourself is to
lose yourself in the service of others.
— Mohandas
Karamchand Gandhi
April 6 – 12 is
National Volunteer Week and although we aim to thank our volunteers throughout
the year, we are giving this special group some extra attention this week.  Our volunteers enable Hope For The Warriors®
to help more people, reach more military families, and work more closely with
veterans— all on fewer donated dollars. 
The positive impact of our volunteers is tremendous.
Our
volunteers are gracious with their time and shy away from the recognition they
deserve.  We asked a few volunteers why
they help our organization and shared some of their response below.  Each volunteer thinks nothing of the time and
energy they spend to support service members and military families.  They are humble and grateful for the
opportunity to give back.

Why do you volunteer?  Please let us know!  Post on our Facebook or Twitter page.  Be sure to tag us and include #HopeVolunteer

We are
grateful for the service and expertise that each volunteer brings to our
organization. Thank you!
Bill Koch speak with middle school students
Steven volunteered to serve, we feel
like we have been drafted to pick up the baton and carry on with his mission to
serve.
–Bill Koch,
Gold Star Father
Volunteering my time with Hope For The
Warriors® allows me to give back to the men and women who have or are serving
our Country, but most of all to help the families who make a tremendous
sacrifice sharing their loved one for us to live in a free democracy. Lending a
helping hand or supporting an event makes me feel whole because it is not about
me, but about the people you meet, the friendships you develop and the memories
you have for a lifetime.
–Sharon
Schmucker
Karla leads Team H4W in Tampa
I volunteer to serve those who have
served us to protect our freedom. 
–Karla
Malone
I volunteer for Hope For The Warriors®
because it is an organization that has become near and dear to me. The level of
commitment and love demonstrated by my peers drives me to aim higher every day.
I choose Hope For The Warriors® because the amount of passion shown is
unmatched.
— Miranda
Dillworth
Paul and Sally Kelly after the Marine Corps Marathon
We are simply grateful.  The meager actions we carry out are just one
way to express our gratitude:  gratitude
for the freedom our service men and women protect; gratitude for the sacrifices
of the wounded, their families, and the families of the fallen; and grateful
for the privilege of being a part of such a great organization that returns so
much into the lives of these heroes that have had so much taken from them.
–Paul and
Sally Kelly
I volunteer because it is the best way
I know how to say ‘thank you’ to all of the service members who put their lives
on the line for me.
–Risa Garcia

First, I volunteer to help pay my share of the debt I feel I owe
those who have been wounded protecting a way of life that I have enjoyed and
want my grandchildren to enjoy. 
Second, If I’m going to volunteer my time and talents, I
want to know that nearly a 100% of what I do or give or raise is directly
benefiting those wounded and their families.
Third, I enthusiastically volunteer for Hope for the
Warriors because their mission is in complete concert with mine and I know
their leadership will help me fulfill my reasons one and two.
–Bud Pitzer