Why They Give Their Time To the Cause

Volunteers play an important role in the life of a nonprofit organization and The Home Front Cares is no different. Volunteers put in countless hours each year and they do it because they believe in the cause and they want to give back. Below, you can read what some of our volunteers have to say about why they are committed to The Home Front Cares. 

"I have been volunteering for THFC for about 4 years. I look forward to walking in the door every single time and being welcomed every single time by ALL that may be in the office. Ruth, April, Tammi, Amy, Christina and George greet me with smiles and inquiries about my family, my aches and pains, my political frustrations, and of course my "stories"! There are similar non-profits with similar goals in Colorado that I could work with, but THFC is a safe and positive home to me, a place where I am appreciated and respected." --Vicki Britten-Kimsey

"Choosing to volunteer at THFC was very small way of giving back to the men and women that have sacrificed so much to keep our country free.  We own them so much... our American way of life." --Don Fulop

"I chose to support THFC because, when I worked, my company was a sponsor and so I got to know all the great things THFC was doing in my community, directly affecting lives locally and not just some organization doing good things in an abstract manner.  I came to believe in what THFC stands for.  Since I started working as a volunteer on the THFC Golf Tournament I have been even happier getting to know the inner workings and of the organization and learned how HuHot has done its own “investigation” and found everything about THFC to be worthwhile.  This just reinforced my decision to support THFC.  Over the last several years I have heard from individuals about how THFC has supported them and made a difference in their lives, as well as their families.  As I have learned THFC has been the difference between having a home and being homeless for many." -- Barry Patterson

"All my life my mother has told us kids to  thank a veteran: I honestly never understood why until i got older. My sister and I made our normal sunday plans like we do every weekend, but she asked me if i would be interested in helping with a car wash for work. During the car wash I got a two dollar donation from a Air force veteran who teared up and thanked me for helping “his brothers”. These people volunteer to put their lives on the line for the United States of America. I believe we need to support them as much as possible. Thank you Veterans and The Home Front Cares for supporting the men and women who need it the most." -- Chelsea Keel

(THFC Hungry Heroes Program) "Personally, when I was first asked to greet a flight in late 2007 I was going through a challenging time.  Greeting the soldiers focused me outside of my personal issues and provided an outlet for service to some very deserving soldiers.  Since then, I have gained a deep respect for our soldiers and their families as they endure multiple deployments into harm’s way.  The pride, professionalism, and camaraderie I see in our soldiers have been enlightening for me.  In addition, the readiness of McDonald’s and Coca Cola to provide whatever, whenever, any day and time, without publicity has been tremendous, and reflects very well on their corporate culture, as well as their wonderful employees.  Finally, the willingness of our greeters to endure multiple changes in arrival schedules, cold and hot, snow and rain, to heartily welcome home our Hungry Heroes has truly been a joy to participate in." -- Al Mathews

(THFC Hungry Heroes Program) "I was in the Navy for 3 years and spent 27 months in Germany and Turkey.  I was a crypto guy (spook) and loved every minute of it.  For us, it was a honor to be able to meet the planes and show our troops that we really appreciated their time and service away from their loved ones and protecting us. It was a chance for us to give a little time for our country.  The troops were all very cordial and we felt they really enjoyed us meeting them.  My wife and I would come home on a big high.  It was wonderful to see them give the gals a hug and some a kiss on the check.  A big high for everyone.   These are guys and gals that had volunteered to do a job that many of our young people don't want to be bothered with!  Makes you feel proud of what they are doing.  We have had military guys stop us and say, "don't we know you" and we say I don;t know but we are part of "Hungry Hero's" , that give out the :quarter pounders" when you come into Colo Springs.  Oh yes, we love that! We love spending time with the troops!  We also thank McDonalds for all the burgers et al." -- Owen and Lorna Perkins

(THFC Hungry Heroes Program) "Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7829’s motto of “Deeds – Not Words” exemplifies why VFW Post 7829 and its members actively support as a “boots on the ground” force for the Hungry Heroes program.  Having the opportunity to be of service to fellow Veterans is a distinct honor that is a strong component of why combat veterans join and participate in the programs and activities of the Veterans of Foreign Wars." -- Joe Carlson

(THFC Hungry Heroes Program) "Being able to greet the returning soldiers to Fort Carson is a privilege that is currently only given to a few.  I am thankful that I can share a little friendship with our soldiers and let them know there are civilians that care about them and their families.  It reinforces the fact that this privilege is not about the volunteer - but rather the soldier that willingly makes sacrifices while some of society only observe and take for granted their safety. I am very appreciative of McDonald's and Coca Cola.  The McDonalds - located on Airport Road and Powers Boulevard - prepares the QuarterPounders with cheese and Coca Cola supplies the sodas.  For years both companies have donated the time and sustained the costs without requesting any compensation in return - something that is truly unique with today's businesses. Greeting the soldiers has not really changed my life.  Greeting them is a result of a changed life.  It is an individual's responsibility to befriend others and the benefits always follow.  What could be more redeeming than to be able to shake hands with our troops?" -- Jim Rocklin