Our current and past beneficiary organizations

 
Balboa Naval Medical Center – San Diego Armed Services YMCA serves our physically and mentally wounded, injured and ill military at Balboa Hospital. Many of the wounded participants in our Holes for Heroes® Military Tribute Events are patients. ASYMCA also helps care for the “most serious” of the wounded on floor "C-5." In the words of a wounded military player participant, “We know the community supports us, but we don’t often get the opportunity to participate ….(Holes for Heroes® events provide us that opportunity) ...it’s awesome!”  www.militaryymca.org
 
Home Front San Diegovia San Diego Navy League, a non-profit 501c3, assists young enlisted military families (E5 and below) of all services who find themselves in need of food, furniture, repairs, baby items, and emergency needs.  Often the military member of the family is absent due to deployment, and emergencies require immediate assistance.  Home Front San Diego is 100% volunteer, they use their own vehicles and supply their own equipment, so they have almost no overhead. And no office expense.  Funds are administered through Navy League, and dispensed directly to service supplier, not to the family directly. www.homefrontsandiego.org

Freedom Dogs (San Diego) provide very special 4-legged “Heroes for our Heroes” to help speed the recovery and enhance the lives of wounded military heroes through the use of specialty-trained service dogs. Freedom Dogs teams Specialty Service Dogs and a trainer with troops returning from war with PTSD and physical limitations. The dogs must go through two years of custom training to become a Freedom Dog and assist our wounded Heroes on a temporary ‘Partner Program’ or a ‘Life-Time’ permanent basis. All programs are offered at no cost to the wounded warrior although it costs some $50,000 to complete the two year training program. Specialty skills include retrieval skills (such as a leash, keys or medical equipment), bracing to assist in getting in or out of a chair or the lifting of limbs, human animal bond (psychosocial support), assist dressing and undressing, assist opening of doors (appliance doors, cupboards, file cabinets), elevator buttons, handicapped door-opening, holding of items to be worked on (steadies or holds tools, utensils, tote bags), and carrying of items. Freedom Dogs is a 100% all volunteer organization, 501(c)(3) (EIN 43-2106405). www.freedomdogs.org
 
Pegasus Rising partners horses with humans to heal our U.S. military personnel who are reintegrating back into their civilian lives especially those who have been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, through their Equine Assisted Experiential Health Therapy ("EAT") programs. EAT programs also include couples and/or family sessions for military families to address family based issues which have arisen since their loved ones have returned from overseas duty. By interacting with the Pegasus herd as equals, without any form of domination, our program helps military personnel reconnect with their civilian lives in a natural and fun way. Pegasus Rising is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. www.pegasusrising.org
 
Operation "BIGS" was launched in 2004 by the Big Brothers and Sisters Organization of San Diego and is the first program of its kind in the nation. Operation BIGS, is specifically designed around the unique needs of military dependant children including those whose parent is deployed, been killed or who are having trouble just dealing with the stress of military life by providing “BIGS” who are in the military, retired or civilian as mentors to these children of military families. Volunteers meet with children at their schools or a neighborhood community center and provide quality one-to-one friendship time that is so important to a military child. Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  www.sdbigs.org
 
Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA is a civilian non-profit organization located on the USMC base whose mission is to enhance the lives of military personnel and their family members in spirit, mind, and body. Combat Units at Camp Pendleton have suffered and will continue to suffer some of the highest combat losses, constant in-country rotations, deployments and separations adding fear and stress to their families.The Armed Services YMCA offers programs and services which strengthen families and encourage individuals to achieve their fullest potential. The ASYMCA here particularly focuses on meeting the needs of families of enlisted ranks many of whom have spouses who are deployed and live close to the poverty line. The Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3).  www.camppendletonasymca.org
 
Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD), founded in 1981 by five Vietnam veterans dealing with their own addictions from the Vietnam War, is based on the military code “Leave No One In The Field” and dedicated to assisting needy and homeless veterans of all wars (and their families) by providing housing, substance abuse recovery, mental health counseling, food, clothing, job training and placement. There are 2,000 homeless veterans on San Diego streets each night representing 40% of all of San Diego’s homeless; 67% are substance abusers with treatable mental illness. VVSD is nationally recognized for its programs and unparalleled successes Through “Veterans Village” residential treatment facility at 4141 PCH and “Stand Down” held annually at Balboa Stadium downtown served some 700 homeless Veterans in 2006. More than 80% of VVSD residential treatment graduates are still clean and sober with life sustaining incomes. VVSD is a Non-Profit, 501 (c)(3) Organization. www.vvsd.net
 
One More Wave Surf Corp  was founded by a former Navy Seal and provides "Ocean Therapy" in the healing recovery and treatment of physically-, TBI- and PTSD-wounded veterans. Special surfboards designed for amputees, skill level and physical limitations help bring the wounded back to the sea for ocean therapy and healing, 100% volunteer, 501(c)(3).  www.onemw.org
 
Honor Flight SD is a 100%-volunteer team dedicated to escorting aging WWII veterans to Washington DC to visit and reflect at the memorials dedicated to their heroism and sacrifice.  The trip is free to the WWII veterans and monies raised pay the direct cost of the trip.  There is a waiting list of 350 local WWII vets for this honor.  Honor Flight is a 501(c)(3).  www.honorflightssandiego.org
 
USO San Diego Neil Ash Airport is the largest USO Center in the world. Open 365 days a year, it provides support, food, refreshments, rest, Internet, and recreation to more than 125,000 service members and their families annually in transition to/from MCRD boot camp, Camp Pendleton and other local military facilities—all at no cost to the service member. 100% civilian volunteer, the USO is a non-profit 501(c)(3). www.usosandiego.org

San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Foundation  Chartered in 1990, the San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary is an "all-volunteer" service organization of business and professional leaders united to conduct and fund humanitarian projects locally, nationally and internationally. Our motto is: “Service Above Self”. We present Holes for Heroes® Military Appreciation Events because of all the military in our region and for the current need to support our wounded Heroes, front line troops, children and families of deployed troops and KIAs and recovering Vets. Holes for Heroes® Military Appreciation Events provide a special opportunity for the community-at-large to say, “Thank you!” to our troops up close and personal. No funds go to club operations. San Diego Downtown Breakfast Rotary Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit Organization, EIN 33-0596091.  www.sdrotary.org