Employment and Training
Our organization works tirelessly to ensure that our veterans connect to employment opportunities that best fit their skills. We host numerous job fairs for veterans for thousands of eager veteran job seekers and hundreds of employers. We also conduct career workshops in conjunction with Fortune 500 companies that give veterans the chance to learn job hunting skills from military veterans who transitioned into the workforce.
Our group also works with veterans every day in our offices providing direct employment assistance and counseling to veterans looking for work. In addition, our organization has teamed up with JobPath to create jobs.gigo.org, a job posting and training board exclusively for veterans, to help veterans connect to employment opportunities, improve their skills, and develop a custom veteran resume.
Benefits and Legal
All veterans have experienced some form of difficulty dealing with the flawed VA system. GI Go Fund is working to make sure that all of our veterans get the care they deserve. We have fought to improve health care for our veterans, working with government leaders to help improve the VA healthcare system by giving veterans a way to choose their doctor. In addition, we work every day to inform and connect veterans to the benefits they are entitled to, making sure that every veteran has what they need.
GI Go Fund has also made great strides for veterans in the criminal justice system, partnering with community leaders to create the Veterans Justice Initiative, the first and only Veterans Court in New Jersey. Through the Initiative, veterans facing minor charges are given support from committed partners from government and nonprofit collaborators. The organization has also cultivated partnerships with law firms like Day Pitney to offer veterans pro bono legal aid to give veterans a strong advocate when they need it most.
Housing and Homelessness
Far too many veterans return home to financial emergencies that can result in homelessness. On any given night, 1 in every 5 people living on the streets is a veteran, something that is nothing short of a national tragedy. GI Go Fund works to play a critical role in ending homelessness among veterans through strong outreach efforts like the Stand Down for Homeless Veterans and the Midnight Outreach event, where Newark’s most at-risk homeless veterans are provided essential services, food, clothing, and access to housing.
The organization also works to provide direct support to homeless and at-risk veterans, including emergency financial assistance to veterans as well as gift cards to families in need during the holiday season. Lastly, for veterans who are in need of direct housing support, GI Go Fund has partnered with SoldierOn, a leading organization in the fight against homelessness, to provide direct grant support to veterans looking to find a home for them and their loved ones.