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2016

Support the Enlisted Project

Project Impact Report

Written by:

Erica Bender

Kathi Bradshaw

Tony Teravainen

Families, Communities, and Nation:

Defining and

Measuring the Impact of

Support the Enlisted Project

From January 2016 through August 2016, Support the Enlisted Project (STEP) participated in a multi-phase research workshop called Project Impact. The eight-month program offered training in innovative data collection techniques specifically calibrated for non-profit and community-based organizations. STEP and the Project Impact team worked closely and collaboratively to develop a comprehensive research program to assess the quality of the impact we are having for our clients and their families and communities. This report summarizes our efforts and outlines our main findings.

STEP’s Project Impact Team and Acknowledgements

Tony Teravainen, Co-founder and President/CEO

Kathi Bradshaw, Vice President and Director of Client Services

Erica Bender, Volunteer and Ph.D. Candidate at UC San Diego

Our team worked hard to make this research project a success, but we would not have been able to capitalize on these efforts if it weren’t for the hard work and generosity of many others. Specifically, we would like to thank:

The Gumpert Foundation, The Leichtag Foundation, Shelby Ross, Steve McClelland, STEP Board of Directors, and STEP’s former clients who agreed to be interviewed and/or returned our questionnaire. We would also like to thank Steve Patty and Jessamyn Luiz for their support and guidance th...

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Tony Teravainen appeared on The American Dream hosted by Consumer Activist, Craig Sewing. This segment of The American Dream, Tony and Stephanie Brown of The Rosie Network Discuss the MAD MEN event being held at The Midway Museum. This collaboration of STEP and Rosie's Network is just another great example that STEP is reaching out into the community to find partners to ally with to raise not only funds but more importantly, awareness of what programs are available to the military community.

Click here to watch the interview.

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Thank you to all that have helped make a difference in the lives of young military and veteran families. Thank you for choosing to make a difference in the ♥ of our young military and veteran families. #iheartoc #iheartSTEP

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STEP would like to introduce the 2015 Volunteer of the Year! Thank you Don for all that you do to support our young military families on their path to financial self-sufficiency. There aren't enough words to thank you for donating 511 hours of your own time to help STEP follow through on our mission!

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It is because of our volunteers that STEP is able to make the difference in a young military family's life. Over 7,123 hours were donated by 73 volunteers last year. STEP cannot say thank you enough for all of the difference every one has made! Thank you to the STEP team for pulling off such a wonderful event for our volunteers, to the Teravainen's for opening their home, and to Phil's BBQ for the amazing food!

This was another event that we were all able to come together as a "family" to support the wonderful people that donate their time to help STEP carry the mission of help young military families. It was such a blast to meet each others significant others as well as all of the children playing, laughing, and running around with each other.

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Who: Junior Enlisted Military Families throughout Southern California.
Please Donate:
Diapers and Wipes
New/Gently Used Baby Clothes and Toys
New or Gently Used Strollers and High Chairs
New Car Seats/Booster Chairs and Cribs
Retail and Grocery Gift Cards

Why: Through our Annual Spring Baby Drive we have been able to assist 219 families either by shopping at our warehouse or visiting our Warehouse on Wheels. These families included 321 children.
The baby Drive has helped junior service members redirect some of their family budget/savings toward addressing the factors surrounding their immediate hardship and, with this helping hand, take care of their families and get back on a path to self-sufficiency.

When: Now until April 15th

How you can help: STEP will provide our corporate partners with a donation box. We will schedule a drop off date and a pick up date. Fill the box with donations!
At the end of our baby drive, STEP sponsors a Spring Carnival, our Baby Drive partners are always welcomed to attend to show their support to our junior enlisted military members.

For more information or to be a sponsor please contact Rachel Brewer at
rachel.brewer@stepsocal.org

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