As military service members transition out of the military, settling back into their communities can be difficult. Volunteerism can connect service members, veterans and their families with their communities easing their reintegration.
Frontline Families, a national service program run by Points of Light, inspires service members and their families to serve their communities as part of the reintegration process. The program trains military families as volunteer leaders to help address the most pressing challenges in their communities, such as homelessness and education.
Such civic engagement – including social and physical activities – can help boost well-being of both veterans and their families, deepening reintegration.
The program is set to improve communities in tangible ways through volunteer service while creating a supportive network for veterans among nearly 30,000 people. (See the video below to learn how Pittsburgh Cares, a member of Points of Light's HandsOn Network, is implementing the program.)
How it Works
Frontline Family Corps members – members of the national service program AmeriCorps – serve for either nine- or 11-month terms of service at a partner organization. Corps members will recruit and train military families to:
- Conduct a community needs assessment
- Lead volunteers in service
- Design and manage community service projects