Valor Ranch: A Great Opportunity to Give Back!

Valor Ranch is a 501©3 Nonprofit Organization in Decatur, Tx whose vision is S.H.E.R.O.E.S – Serving, Honoring, Empowering, and Restoring Our Esteemed Servicewomen “Women Veterans”.  As described on their website at www.valorranchtx.org, Valor Ranch focuses on a holistic approach to empower our nation’s female veterans.  Each veteran is housed in her own cottage on the ranch.  She will also share in activities such as cooking, gardening, and tending to the animals to support the ranch population as a whole.  Additionally, the SHERO will participate in group, one-on-one, equine therapy, budgeting, cooking classes, as well as volunteering in the community in order to enhance her life skills and increase her self-worth.

One of the Veterans currently staying at Valor Ranch is Bonnie.  Here is a little bit about her in her own words:  “I joined The Marine Corps in July of 2003. I shipped out to boot camp on Nov 16 2003. After 13 weeks of the most intense training of my life I graduated on Feb 13, 2004 from Parris Island, SC earning the title United States Marine. I served 8 years of active duty service with a primary MOS of 3531(motor transport operator) and a secondary MOS of 8563 (Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival). In 2007 I was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2010 I was deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After 8 years of honorable and faithful service I was discharged in Dec of 2011. Since my discharge I have struggled to heal from trauma and be independent again. A couple months ago I discovered Valor Ranch and in my short time here I have already felt love, safety and security and begun having major breakthroughs.” Valor-Ranch.jpg

Bonnie will be able stay at the ranch for up to 12 months to “refocus and outline the next chapter of her story.

FWPMI Community Outreach Team has an exciting opportunity to help Valor Ranch with a couple of opportunities:

  1. Help the Administrative staff plan a fundraising gala, which will be held in 2022.
  2. Provide Project Management Education to SHEROS, like Bonnie, who are staying at the ranch.

If you are able to participate with either of these opportunities to help Valor Ranch, please sign up to volunteer with the FWPMI Community Outreach Team through the PMI Volunteer Registration Management System (select the Fort Worth Chapter).  As Bonnie says, “Thank you for your support for me and the female veterans that come after me. Semper Fi”. 

Community Outreach Volunteers!

Calling all FWPMI members who are looking to get out into the community and volunteer!   The Community Outreach Team provides chapter members with the opportunity to serve our local community, practice our skills and demonstrate tangible results through applying project management processes for one of the many non-profit organizations in our area. I am Denise Beckmann, the Community Outreach Manager for FWPMI.  FWPMI has a long history of serving our community non-profits like the Ronald McDonald House, Give Camp, Special Olympics and Girl’s Inc.  

We are looking to expand our opportunities in the community and that is where you come in.   If you are already a volunteer with a community event or non-profit or would like to be, I would love to hear from you.  Let me know what you are involved in that we can participate or if you just want to get involved let me know.  Please email me at outreach@fwpmi.org or you can just apply in VRMS to be a part of the Community Outreach Team (search for Opportunity # 29786).

I look forward to hearing from our great members and making a difference in our community through project management!