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Want to do more than just say, “Thank you” to those who have sacrificed so much for the rest of us… but not sure what else to do? The Yellow Ribbon Fund does. Injured service members and their families have told us exactly what they need, and we provide it – practical assistance, offered with respect.

Below, you’ll find several ways you can join us in giving back…


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Since the Yellow Ribbon Fund’s beginning, 83 CENTS OF EVERY DOLLAR spent has gone to meet the needs of injured service members and their families. All donations are tax deductible. YRF has not-for-profit status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and you will receive a letter acknowledging receipt of your donation as deductible under applicable IRS regulations. Click here to review our IRS Form 990 and our Internal Revenue Service Determination Letter, as well as our Audited Financial Statement. Our Federal Employer Identification Number is 36-4567583.

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CONTRIBUTIONS-IN-KIND are also put to good use. These may include tickets to sporting and cultural events, baby items, business suits for job interviews, furniture, gift cards, etc.

Before making in-kind contributions, please contact us at 240-223-1180 or by email to ensure the items are needed, as we do not have a storage facility. Contributions-in-kind are acknowledged by letter as tax deductible.

Anyone can volunteer to support the work of the Yellow Ribbon Fund. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES include – but are not limited to! – taking injured service members and their families to sporting and cultural events, organizing tours, hosting holiday gatherings, helping prepare events, assisting with office work, addressing envelopes for fundraisers, and more. Volunteers also serve as mentors and ambassadors, working one-on-one with injured service members who are transitioning to civilian life. (Please note that the one opportunity the Yellow Ribbon Fund does not offer is a program for visiting hospitalized service members.)

Volunteers who want to participate in Yellow Ribbon Fund activities on military facilities must first submit an application for approval by facility officials. The Department of Defense will require your Social Security number for a background check; this and all information submitted on the volunteer application remains confidential.

Approval and registration must be completed before beginning volunteer service. Then we’ll help you find the volunteer opportunities that are right for you.

So to get started, fill out the volunteer form.

All fundraising for the Yellow Ribbon Fund is done by our directors and volunteers, assisted by the staff. We rely on NO PROFESSIONAL FUNDRAISERS. Some supporters are inspired to organize or participate in fundraising efforts such as “cause” birthday parties, charity happy hours and athletic events, home fundraisers, golf tournaments, and more.

Contact Mark Robbins at 240-223-1180 or by email for help to make your fundraising efforts pay off for our injured heroes!

Latest Donation News:

“CACI & injured veteran bring it full circle”

Latest Volunteer News:

“Student volunteers’ music video spreads the word”

Latest Fundraising News:

“Taco John’s raises $100K for injured heroes”

CACI employee and Purple Heart veteran Joshua Tredinnick, left, presents the check to YRF executive director Mark Robbins, right.

Joshua Tredinnick has come full circle.

He was wounded in action in 2009. After surgery, he spent 8 months recovering at Walter Reed with his family. During that challenging time, Josh says, “I heard of the support the Yellow Ribbon Fund provided to other wounded warriors and their families… car rentals, hotel rooms, and airline tickets.” He and his family attended Yellow Ribbon Fund events and his two sons “spent a lot of time out on the playground YRF donated.”

After Josh transitioned back to civilian life, he began interning at CACI, a leading information services company. Based on his personal experience with YRF, Josh recommended that CACI include the Yellow Ribbon Fund in its charitable efforts.

The team at CACI agreed, and began by becoming a $5,000 sponsor of the upcoming 7th annual Yellow Ribbon Fund/Army Navy Country Club Golf Classic for Injured Service Members.

Foursomes and sponsorships at this year’s tourney support America’s injured heroes.

“The Yellow Ribbon Fund stood out as a very generous and involved group, so I am glad there is an opportunity to give back to this organization and that I can be part of it,” Josh says. “This is one of those full-circle moments when I can help give back in a small way to those who have assisted me in my journey.”

YRF welcomes partnerships with employers like CACI, which shares YRF’s commitment to injured service members by hiring veterans with disabilities as well as veterans and military spouses.

At CACI: On the left, Eric Bartch, head of veteran support, diversity, and inclusion, stands next to YRF’s Mark Robbins. On the other side of Mark are Josh Tredinnick; Cliff Colley, military veteran and spouse recruiting; and Larry Clifton, chief human resources officer.

According to Larry Clifton, CACI’s executive vice president and chief human resources officer, “For the past three consecutive years, CACI has hired over 800 veterans, including more than 200 veterans with disabilities, annually.”

Join CACI in supporting America’s injured heroes by sponsoring or playing the YRF/ANCC Golf Classic.

For a class project, American University students produced a music video about family caregivers.

American University students volunteered to raise awareness of the challenges facing the family caregivers of injured service members. For their class project, they set the caregivers’ stories to the music of a rock legend. To watch and listen, click on this link and scroll down to the video titled, “Yellow Ribbon Fund, Waiting on a Sunny Day”.

The goal was to educate young people about the challenges faced by injured veterans and their family caregivers.

They didn’t stop there. The American University Spring 2014 PR Portfolio Class produced five more videos, hosted a week of awareness-raising events on the AU campus, got elementary school children involved, launched a social media campaign, and reached out to local media. YRF will roll out the new student-produced videos one by one in the coming months.

The students developed a YRF craft project for children, because you’re never too young to support America’s injured heroes.

Georgetown University PR students have also volunteered to help. They’ve developed social media tools and strategies and provided training for YRF staff.

All the student volunteers aimed their messages at a younger audience. Americans in their 20s and younger will age along with today’s injured veterans, many of whom will need support from their fellow Americans throughout their lives.

YRF volunteers like this student are making a difference now… and for years to come.

Left to right: Jeff Brands, CEO, Taco John’s of Iowa; Stuart Pierson, field marketing manager, Taco John’s International; Mark Robbins, executive director, YRF; Rick Kammerer, franchisee and chairman of the Taco John’s Advertising Production
Committee; Todd Geatches, Dir. of Operations,Taco John’s restaurants owned by Clayton Hartman.

Taco John’s raised $100,000 to support the work of the Yellow Ribbon Fund through the sale of Nachos Navidad® – a seasonal menu item the fast food chain has tied to charitable giving for 18 years. This is the second year that they’ve partnered with YRF. (Watch the check presentation video, including remarks by YRF’s executive director, Mark Robbins.)

Franchisees can also use Nachos Navidad® to support local charities. This year two franchisee ownership groups, Taco John’s of Iowa, Inc., and the Taco John’s restaurants owned by Clayton Hartman, decided to add their local charitable efforts to the Yellow Ribbon Fund. Each raised nearly $25,000 to help injured service members and their families.

“Having their families with them is a key part of the recovery process for these wounded service members. This donation will help fund lodging and transportation when families make extended visits,” says Rick Kammerer, a Taco John’s franchisee and chairman of the chain’s advertising production committee. “[It] will impact thousands of soldiers and family members. It’s a great feeling to be able to help [them] heal.”

In addition to the cash donation, Taco John’s is also providing a 13-foot banner filled with words of support for the wounded. The oversized greeting card will be displayed for service members at various facilities.

Taco John’s guests were invited to digitally sign or text-in a message for display on the banner.

“The service men and women who benefit from this donation are very grateful. They’re somewhat humbled by it, but in all fairness, we’re humbled by what they’ve done and the sacrifices they’ve made,” says Mark Robbins, executive director of YRF. “Their injuries are lifelong. They’re going to be dealing with them forever.”

Thanks to supporters like Taco John’s, they won’t be dealing with them alone.