Last week Veterans of Armenia gathered community members at Stars on Brand in Glendale, CA for a game of poker. The committed diasporans raised approximately $60,000 within hours while socializing and playing cards.
About Veterans of Armenia:
A group of close friends came together during the 2020 Artsakh War to brainstorm ways in which they could give back to the veterans of Armenia and Artsakh.
The LA based childhood friends created a board and formed the non-profit organization, Veterans of Armenia (VOA).
“When we first started, the name of [the organization] was supposed to be Veterans of Armenia and Artsakh and when the board was deliberating we realized that Artsakh is Armenian so we decided we’re not going to separate it,” board member Armen Adamyan tells The Armenian Report.
VOA has partnered with Zinvori Tun, where they help fund a rehabilitation center, prostatic center, Home for Heroes Project, and a new hospital. In addition, VOA is also working on other projects but they prefer to “build in silence.” (To learn more about the silent projects, contact them directly to get involved.)
Adamyan tells The Armenian Report that they monitor all the organizations they assist. “We have a monitoring process in place. Everything that we do and every dollar that we collect, we have to be accountable for. So we do all the vetting and back-end work to make sure our donors trust us.”
All board members also pay monthly dues to cover additional expenses that the organization acquires. They all have full time jobs and family responsibilities in addition to VOA. The board is divided into five groups and each group has its own mission and project that they’re accountable for.
In addition to assisting VOA by donating and/or sharing their mission — you can also choose @veteransofarmenia as your Amazon Smile choice of non-profit organization. AmazonSmile is a program that donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases on Amazon to a charity of your choice. All you need to do is start your shopping at smile.amazon.com. The donation will be made at no extra cost to you and you can choose VOA as your choice of charitable organization.