On Veteran’s Day, Thursday, November 11, two local non-profits – CareConnect and
Veterans Helping Veterans Now – are teaming up with 20 local restaurants for
“Hungry For Change.” This fun event is simple – eat at a participating
restaurant and a portion of your meal will be donated to support veterans in
There are at least 20,000 veterans in Boulder County facing a multitude of hardships.
“Homelessness, unemployment rates, domestic violence incidents, divorce rates
and rates of substance abuse continue to increase and be higher for veterans
than for their non-military counterparts,” says Judy Nogg, Co-Executive
Director of Veterans Helping Veterans Now (VHV Now). “Also, the suicide rate
among veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan is four times higher than
the general public; with the increasing number of returning veterans, the
programs provided by VHV and CareConnect will be critical to the health and
safety of our veterans,” says Nogg.
CareConnect promotes the security, comfort and independence of seniors and adults with
disabilities; many CareConnect clients, as well as their spouses, are veterans
of Vietnam, Korea, and WWII. Services include: medical transportation, grocery
shopping and delivery service, and minor home repairs. CareConnect and VHV Now
collaborate to make sure veterans are getting the rides they need to go to the
VA for appointments.
The mission of Veterans Helping Veterans Now is to build healthier lives for
veterans and their families, reaching out to those who would not be reached,
honoring all that served. VHV Now has developed diverse programs to meet the
unmet needs of veterans in the community, including: therapist facilitated
support groups, veteran volunteer support services, individualized services and
referrals, and free community talks on issues concerning veterans.
Hungry For Change participating restaurants include: Kho’s Asian Bistro, Sakura
Japanese Cuisine, Walnut
Café, South Side Walnut Café, The Sink, Old Louisville Inn, Pioneer Inn, Nepal
Cuisine, Leenie’s Southern Café (Longmont), Leenie’s Southern Café (Lafayette),
KT’s BBQ (13th St.), KT’s BBQ (Arapahoe Rd.), Pinocchios (Longmont),
Bacco Trattoria and Mozzarella Bar, The Blue Parrot Restaurant, Connor
O’Neill’s Traditional Irish Pub, Larkburger, Casa Alvarez, and Restaurant 4580.