Ways to Give Back to the Military
18 ways to donate your money, time, and items
Support US Navy SEALs and their families through scholarships, children’s programs, and Gold Star family initiatives.
Aid service members and veterans who incurred an injury during their military service on or after September 11, 2001.
Assist with financial, educational, and other needs for active duty and retired sailors and marines.
Back the veteran-run, peer-to-peer, 24/7 help line for veterans, military, and their families.
Help service members and veterans who are transitioning from service and seeking civilian employment.
Bridge the gap between military and civilians with a donation to this national institute that trains civilians to effectively communicate with veterans.
Help prep meals, staff special events, or welcome home service members at the airport.
Volunteer to staff VVSD’s annual Stand Down event, which provides goods and services to homeless veterans.
Be a horse caregiver at this equine therapy program for military personnel and their families.
Join the online network for service members in search of volunteers to board their pets during service-related commitments.
Assemble care packages to express gratitude to and lift the spirits of service members deployed overseas.
Show up to clean gravestones at this federal military cemetery that’s the final resting place for many notable Medal of Honor recipients.
Gather food, household items, and gift cards for injured service members and their families recovering in transitional housing.
Contribute items to military families, including baby supplies for new mothers whose spouse is deployed, or school supplies for newly relocated military kids.
Give surfboards, wet suits, and other gear to seriously ill, injured, or disabled veterans to use during therapeutic surf clinics.
Offer a hand up to San Diego’s lower enlisted active duty military and their families by donating furniture, computers, groceries, and gift cards.
Help the US Marine Corps Reserve collect new, unwrapped toys from October through December each year to distribute among San Diego children in need.
Drop off used clothing and household goods at a local store, where revenue is used to support veterans’ programs in the community.