Ways You Can Help From Home
Merchandise – 100% of proceeds from merchandise sales goes to Guitars for Vets. We plan to regularly release new merch, so stay tuned!
If you are an artist or a graphic designer who would be interested in donating a design for new merchandise, please email email@example.com. We are always open to reviewing new designs.
Amazon Smile – Do you use Amazon/Amazon Prime to do your shopping while social distancing? Did you know that you can shop at amazon.smile.com and choose Guitars for Vets as your charity of choice you can donate just by purchasing your daily needs?
The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible smile.amazon.com purchases. Tens of millions of products are eligible for donations.
2. Join the #BandTogether Challenge
Without being able to continue face-to-face lessons, we have created a campaign called #BandTogether. We are asking that guitar players around the world come together to teach a brief online lesson for our Veterans who are suffering from PTSD. We then ask that you challenge your friends to participate across social media so that we can provide content for every level of player. It is a 48 hour challenge – if you don’t create a lesson, we ask that you donate $22 to Guitars for Vets.
$22 symbolizes the 22 Veterans who commit suicide a day. Even $1 helps towards funding the program. It costs $200 to graduate one Veteran.
If you want your lesson posted on our Youtube channel and possibly across our social media platforms, submit the lesson to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Ways to Donate
Spring Cleaning – Donate a guitar – Finish your spring cleaning in April! If you have a guitar you would like to donate, please email email@example.com so he can talk you through the process. We take used guitars! It’s a great way to free up the space and put it towards a great cause.
Monetary Donations – Anything helps, especially during these times of difficulty. Even a $1 donation helps share the healing power of music.
4. Other Options
We understand that not every supporter is able to donate $200 to graduate a Veteran. However, there are many other ways you can support the cause without taking out your wallet.
Utilize your skills
Help spread the word.
Are you a part of the social media world? Start an online fundraiser.
Guitar Player? Teach an online lesson.
Graphic Designer? Help us create new merchandise.
Artist? Turn an old guitar into art through our Art Strings Program.
Musician? Become a Guitars for Vets Ambassador.
Own a business? Become a guitar donation drop off location.
Luthier? Help us restore guitars in your area.
If you have any questions about any of these options or have more ideas on ways you can utilize your skills and network, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to collaborate.
Here are some ways people have been able to help in the past:
As many of you may know, Guitars for Vets mission is to share the healing power of music with Veterans around the country struggling with physical injuries, PTSD and other forms of emotional distress. G4V pursues this mission by providing free guitar instruction, a new acoustic guitar and a guitar accessory kit in a structured program run by volunteers.
Unfortunately, due to the current situation, we are unable to provide face-to-face guitar lessons. We do plan to resume in-person lessons as soon as it is safe for our volunteers and Veterans.
Why we need your help
With over 110 chapters in 43 states, G4V is usually very active in local communities. On average, we hold 5-10 events every month to raise funds to support our program. On average it costs G4V $200 to provide a Veteran 10 weeks of free guitar lessons, a brand new acoustic guitar and a complete guitar accessory kit. We provide these products and services to Veterans free of charge. Because social distancing restrictions have forced us to cancel many fundraising events, we may fall short of our goal to raise the funding needed to serve 1,000 Veterans in 2020.
Check out Erin’s #BandTogether Lesson she created at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6SWX86lHew