AmeriCorps VISTA Member Helps Code of Support Foundation Generate Public Support for Military and Veterans April 29, 2013Posted by servicecorpsnews in Accomplishment Spotlight.
AmeriCorps VISTA member Chelsea Hilton, who serves through the American Legion Auxiliary Call to Service Corps, plays a lead role in assisting the Code of SupportFoundation implement its public awareness and service generation programs.
Hilton was a vital asset to the organization’s successful “A Musical VetStravaganza,” a concert designed to raise awareness of the organization’s Veterans Hiring & Education Initiative.
The concert, held on February 17at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, featured country stars Mark Wills and David Kroll, as well as the West Point Cadet and Alumni Glee Clubs, the Homefire Military Wives’ Choir and the 4Troops Veteran Quartet. The event was an overwhelming success, with a sold-out audience of more than 1,500 in attendance.
Prior to the concert, the Code of Support Foundation held a reverse hiring fair to advocate for veterans and military spouses. Local employers attended an information session where they discussed the myriad benefits of hiring from within the veteran and military community relative to civilian employees. The end result was a more informed group of employers, many of whom reported being more likely to hire veterans and military spouses as a result of the session.
Hilton was integral to the planning and execution of the concert and reverse hiring fair. She created event invitations, compiled veteran and military spouse hiring resources for distribution to local employers and concert attendees, conducted social media outreach for the VetStravaganza, engaged local American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, and researched attending organizations.
“I was a little nervous because it was my first event,” Hilton said. “But it turned out really well. We had great turnout, and I’ve heard great things from the attendees.”
Hilton has since moved on to new projects, foremost among them the Code of Support Foundation’s annual Flag Day Give-Back-24 Challenge. The Challenge will include a series of service projects designed to bring military and civilian families together. Hilton is currently in the process of identifying potential projects, preparing tools to facilitate the process for attendees and researching potential partner organizations.