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When we had the opportunity to select a community service project as part of SVB’s 30 Years | 30 Causes campaign, it didn’t take us long to settle on an organization that helps military veterans. “How could we not give a little back to people who have given so much for our country,” we said to ourselves.
According to the North Bay Veterans Resource Center, “the return to civilian life for veterans is challenging due to the impact of prolonged tours of duty, service-connected disability, and the trauma of combat (PTSD).” The North Bay Veterans Resource Center connects former military veterans with programs to ease this transition, including business outreach, transitional housing, and employment counseling and training, the last of which we know is of critical importance to our small and mid-sized clients in Sonoma County and globally.
On the West Coast we are one of the largest lenders to the wine industry, and nationally, we work with more than half of the venture capital-backed tech and life science companies. Nine in 10 of our technology and life science clients reported this year that it is tough to find employees with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to pursue their goals and business objectives. We know how valuable the new job training offered by NBVRC will be to individual vets, as well as high-growth companies and the US economy overall. We have seen some amazing transitions through our work with TechStars Patriot Boot Camp, which helps veterans parlay their skills in the military into starting their own company. And for those interested in viticulture, they are in the right place right here at home.
A dozen of us from Silicon Valley Bank’s Santa Rosa office teamed up with six volunteers from NBVRC and enlisted great support from Volunteer Marin to give the Hearn House in Santa Rosa some TLC. We had a great group and enjoyed the opportunity to make meaningful connections with some of the veterans who benefit from the program. So much so, that a few of us will continue to support the program going forward.
Primarily we helped with yard clean-up: planting flowers, weeding and spraying, installing a shed for recycling, sprucing up the pond area. While our tasks were fairly basic, we hope the refresh makes the Center more comfortable and peaceful. To that end, we also painted and installed two peace poles that we hope will serve as a reminder that there are lots of people pulling for these vets as they train for a new career.
More photos are available in Volunteer Marin’s photo album on Facebook.
More information on the North Bay Veterans Resource Center’s push to end homelessness among vets is covered in this recent feature in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. It’s worth reading.
About 30 Years | 30 Causes
The "30 Years |30 Causes" campaign was developed after Silicon Valley Bank crowd sourced ideas from its employees to celebrate its 30th anniversary. The company will host 30 community service events around the world near each of its offices in 2013. A listing of SVB's 30 Years | 30 Causes events, as well as photos, will be updated at www.svb.com/svb-30-years/ and www.facebook.com/SVBFinancialGroup Follow @SVB_Financial's community service initiatives on Twitter with #SVB30. Points of Light is assisting SVB with the development and execution of these events worldwide.