The Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism (NEOPAT) is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization created to honor patriots who serve, or have served, in the armed forces by working to minimize the sacrifices endured by them and their families.
In addition to voluntarily spending extended periods of time away from home and risking injury or death to secure our freedom, NEOPAT has identified that service men and women often return to civilian life with needs that aren’t directly addressed by existing government programs. Immediate family members of those service men and women also join in the sacrifice by taking on added responsibilities such as overcoming financial hardships and dealing with lifechanging injury or loss of their relative.
Established organizations who are dedicated to assisting these patriots and their families are overtaxed, undermanned and underfunded which puts limitations on their effectiveness.
THUS, THE PRIMARY FOCUS OF NEOPAT IS WORKING WITH AND THROUGH EXISTING ORGANIZATIONS TO SUPPORT DESERVING MILITARY PERSONNEL & FAMILIES WHO NEED ASSISTANCE.
To accomplish this goal, NEOPAT will:
Raise money for a select group of established, local partner organizations in order to improve their effectiveness and maximize their impact.
Utilize and expand our network of professional relationships to connect partner organizations with members of the community who can enhance fundraising, awareness, volunteer and marketing opportunities.
NEOPAT is also dedicated to promoting patriotic acts that will deepen the sense of patriotism locally. By encouraging non-military individuals and families to share time, talents and finances to benefit local patriots and creating interaction opportunities between civilian and militaryfamilies, NEOPAT can highlight the importance of patriotism for generations to come.
This week's story comes from one of our NEOPAT volunteers, Michael Wright. Michael has always been passionate about participating in the Adopt-a-Military-Family Program that takes place each holiday season. A family that Michael assisted this past year, made an impression that lasted beyond just the holidays. Military Mom, Val, was in-need of new twin beds for her two sons, ages 8 and 13. Michael went out of his way to partner with Mattress Warehouse so that he could purchase the two beds for Val's sons. Thank you, Michael, for all that you do and thank you, Val for your service. We were happy to help!
Each year at our gala, we honor a community member as our NEOPAT Volunteer of the Year. This year, we honored Steve Toohey, Chairman of Operation:Flags of Freedom, a man who has dedicated so much of his time and passion for the local military community, especially in Perry, Ohio, to spreading the message about honoring our service men and women. Thank you for all that you do, Steve! We are honored to get to work alongside you and your efforts!