In honor of Memorial DayTrayvax will be donating $5 of every Element leather wallet sale toGrowing Veterans, a local organization in Whatcom county that aims to make an impact on veteran suicide by targeting the root cause: isolation. The fundraiser begins Monday, May 21 and continues until Memorial Day, May 28. During that time, we will donate $5 of every Element sale to Growing Veterans.
We first started working with Growing Veterans about 3 years ago. The entire team here at Trayvax regularly volunteers our time with various local organizations, but the time we spent with Growing Veterans was different. This is an organization that is not only having a huge positive impact on veterans, but our community as well.
Growing Veterans bridges the gap between the military veteran and the local civilian population. A day on the farm removes previously held stereotypes and shows the community that veterans are assets and allies in the sustainable agriculture movement. At the same time, veterans receive the peer support needed to end the isolation that leads to veteran suicide.
There’s an average of 18-22 veteran suicides per day in the United States. We can help reduce that number by simply volunteering our time. It’s amazing what a little camaraderie can do for a person struggling to reintegrate into society.
Isolated from the peers they served with, from family and friends, from the community as a whole, it can be difficult for a veteran to remain resilient and get the proper support they need. Using the farm as the platform, Growing Veterans provides a space where veterans can work together, support each other, and engage with the broader community to have a full and successful transition home.
From May 21 until Memorial Day, Trayvax will donate $5 of every Element wallet sale to support the Growing Veterans mission. For more information, please visit: https://www.trayvax.com/pages/memorial-day.
About Growing Veterans
Situated in the beautiful Pacific NW, between the Cascade Mountain Range and the Puget Sound, this certified organic farm serves as the cornerstone for all things Growing Veterans. Using the farm as the platform, Growing Veterans engages local veterans and community members -- bridging the gap and providing an example of the amazing things that can be accomplished when everyone works together.
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This past Friday we caught up with Growing Veterans in Lynden, WA, a local non-profit who empowers veterans to cultivate purpose and belonging by growing food, community and each other. Executive Director, Sean Dalgarn, took the time to provide insight to his military background, day to day operations of Growing Veterans & Friday happened to be the day to prep sauerkraut.