A veterans support group called “Carry the Load” organizes marches nationwide where volunteers carry the names of fallen friends on their fully-loaded backpacks to shine a light on their sacrifices.
Stephen Smith, Hyiat El-Jundi and Gene Boyd represented F.A.R.M. at the 2017 Carry The Load Kickoff event and Non-profit Partners Summit last week in Dallas. Both venues were filled with energy and enthusiasm, as non-profit leaders came together in support of Carry The Load’s mission, and to collaborate with one another as partners for good. It was an honor to be surrounded by so many amazing world-changers doing such great things.
Carry The Load is a national non-profit organization that provides active, meaningful ways to honor and celebrate the sacrifices made by our nation’s heroes — military, law enforcement, firefighters and first responders. What started as a simple act to honor and restore the true meaning of Memorial Day, has now evolved into a nationwide movement to bring all Americans together to participate in honoring our nation’s heroes every day. Check out the Memorial May Event to see how you can participate.
One of the generous ways Carry The Load works to fulfill its mission, is by selecting and supporting partner organizations with education, funding, training and awareness – tools to help grow our organizations to better serve our communities. The selection process is pretty extensive, and the selection committee has its work cut out for it as it reviews and votes on numerous non-profits who serve our heroes and defenders.
We are proud to announce that Carry The Load has selected F.A.R.M. as one of their 8 featured partners for 2017. We are thankful for the amazing work of Carry The Load, and we are honored to be partnered with them.
All of Carry The Load’s feature partners for 2017 are listed below. Be sure to visit their websites, refer anyone you know who may benefit from their services, and support them as they continue their mission of serving those who served.
Adaptive Training Foundation
Assist the Officer Foundation
Equest Hooves for Heroes
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Travis Manion Foundation
Farmers Assisting Returning Military – FARM
Currently the design development phase is complete, and the architects and engineers are working on the buildings and greenhouses. The first submissions to city permitting have been completed.
Phase one of our plan will consist of removing portions of the parking lot, hauling in clean soils, building of the retaining walls, and installing gardens and fruit trees.
We need your help to raise the funds required to complete the park, cash or in kind donations such as concrete work, clean soils, plants, seeds, labor or anything else you think would benefit the cause, please contact Steve Smith at 214-675-4304.
Our friends at Trinity Haymarket is a feed store in the middle of Dallas that are up for 2016 EDDY award and they need our help. Please click here and vote today and as many times as you can.
If you think the Dallas Design District is an unlikely location for a feed store, it’s time to pay a visit to the Trinity Haymarket. Like the fashionable galleries and trend-setting restaurants that surround it, Trinity Haymarket is a purveyor of quality items. No, it doesn’t sell designer sofas or dish up five-star cuisine—at least not to humans. But chickens swoon over the store’s dried mealworms and non-GMO feed, and their high-end hen houses and European-style scythes are meant to impress. Dreamy stuff for small-scale farmers and their feathered friends.
Thanks to NBC 5 News for the great video and news coverage, and Thanks to the Dallas City Council for their support.
Come get your hands dirty on a day at the farm learning more about what we do for our Veteran community. Our partners Gary DeRodriguez and Wisdom 4 Warriors will be holding a seminar in the morning demonstrating and explaining the self leadership skills we are passing on to our Veterans. After the seminar we will serve an all organic lunch with salad and sandwiches will be prepared by the chefs at Ann’s Health foods and Market using some of the fresh ingredients from the farm.
For many, military service offers the kind of community they’ve never experienced. In this community, we may find purpose, self-knowledge, identity, and so much more. Challenged by our tribe, we grow stronger, faster, and ideally into better leaders.
However, when we inevitably leave the military, we may find ourselves unmoored – adrift in a sea of isolation and alienation that threatens to sink us into depression, stress, and declining performance at work and home.
The Veterans Affairs Inspector General found calls at the main VA suicide hotline center in Canandaigua, New York allowed calls to go to voicemail, and that some are never returned due to inadequate training and an overloaded staff.
The hotline was the subject of the 2014 Academy Award-winning documentary “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1,” which profiles several Veterans’ Crisis Line counselors who work the 24-hour service to provide support and guidance to active and retired servicemen dealing with emotional, physical and financial troubles.
Leave No Man Behind, A FREE self leadership workshop for Veterans with our partners Wisdom 4 Warriors. We invite everyone to share this with everyone you know. Veterans and Veteran Support groups and Anyone who wants to know more about what we do.
Thursday, February 25 From 6 PM To 9 PM at the F.A.R.M.