True Blue Volunteer Crew presents a check to HOPE Board of Directors Chairman Jack Marin (center).

Many factors drive individuals to volunteer. For some, it involves their passion, and for others it’s the desire to give back to their community. But when you combine both of those and mix in the element of dedication, you will find the perfect recipe for volunteering.

HOPE would like to recognize the True Blue Volunteer Crew out of Durham, NC, who exemplifies all of the above through not only their volunteer work but through their generous donations to local organizations and Hope For The Warriors. 

Made up of over 30 individuals, many who are a part of the military community, True Blue has taken their passion for Duke University basketball to a whole new level by volunteering as ushers during the school’s home games. For over 40 years, this crew has been donating their service to the University, and in turn, have raised donations for organizations whose values and missions they believe in. 

In 2016, True Blue leaders decided to add an organization that served the veteran community to their list of donation recipients. After getting wind of the mission of HOPE, they were sold.

“When we reviewed potential charities to support, Hope For The Warriors stood out to us because of its 4-star rating in Charity Navigator,” said True Blue leader Chuck Potts.” In particular, the percentage of donations that goes directly to supporting veterans is impressive.” 

This basketball season, we want to extend a big THANK YOU to True Blue, who raised a total of $4,421.80 for HOPE! These contributions will support the warrior community on their physical wellness journeys and help us address their most critical needs along the way.  

“The True Blue Volunteer Crew represent the kind of people who keep HOPE alive for our country’s warriors and military families,” said Robin Kelleher, CEO and President of Hope For The Warriors. “They put their heart for helping and patriotism in action, do their homework on responsible and effective organizations, and provide a service that carries a greater purpose…much like our military community.”

The support that Hope For The Warriors receives from the volunteer and donor community allows us to carry out our mission of restoring self, family and HOPE through the many programs and services offered to post-9/11 military families. We could not make this happen without the support and generosity of groups like True Blue.

For more information on how you can get involved with and give back to our warrior community, click here.