Mary Kerwick is the volunteer program manager for the Wounded Warrior Project™. The WWP provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life. Offering a variety of programs and services, WWP is equipped to serve warriors with every type of injury – from the physical to the invisible wounds of war.
What is Wounded Warrior Project and its mission?
WWP exists to honor and empower Wounded Warriors who incurred service-connected injuries on or after September 11, 2001. WWP acts as the extended hand that encourage warriors as they adjust to their new normal and achieve new triumphs.
Why is volunteerism important and how does it help your organization reach its goals?
Volunteers are becoming more important to the mission every day because they are the voices in their local communities. WWP staff cannot be everywhere. Volunteers need to be versed in WWP programs to speak as mission ambassadors. In case they do meet a veteran in their community, there are prepared to explain how WWP can benefit them and how to get involved.
What makes a successful volunteer?
WWP hosts events nationwide that have many moving parts. Volunteers need to have sound judgment when they represent the WWP logo and brand that is so highly valued. WWP wants passionate people who will support veterans’ issues and go the extra mile for our warriors.
How can volunteers get involved?
Currently, most of WWP’s volunteer opportunities are event-based and hosted in cities nationwide: Events like Day of Service, Tough Mudder, Veterans Day parades, fundraising events, and Soldier Ride™, WWP’s rehabilitative cycling ride.