To ensure the American Widow Project can sustain and provide the level of support that each military widow deserves, it is imperative for us to expand. As we continue to grow, it is becoming increasingly necessary to hire staff to help facilitate more events throughout the country, with the capability of creating regional representatives to triple our outreach from years past.
As a 100% volunteer run organization with only one full time dedicated individual and a few part time volunteers, the responsibility for the daily operations of the organization require additional resources and staff to mitigate and delegate the workload to keep up with the pace of this growing community. The amount of time it takes to plan and execute events, answer widow emails and phone calls, media requests, prepare and mail packages, update the AWP Website and also keep up with daily postings on the Facebook page is far too great for anyone to shoulder alone and requires a collaborative effort to maintain the quality of support needed by so many.
In addition, we need help reaching out to all military widows to make them aware of this vital service that is available to them. As of today, we’ve just scratched the surface reaching 1/3 of this generation’s military widows who are desperate for support and the knowledge that there are others out there on the same journey. There are too many young military widows in our society who are unaware of the support available and it is our goal to make sure no widow is left behind suffering this tremendous loss alone.
For the immediate future, we expect to experience continuing growth, not only in the number of widows we serve, but also in the magnitude of programs and quality of services that we manage. To expand our services and to create and implement additional physical and online support material, we need more helping hands and financial support to provide the level of care that each widow deserves.