Creating a Secure Future for Sheep Dog Impact Assistance and the Heroes We Serve
Campaign Dates: July 13, 2017 – July 12, 2019
The Goal: Raise $2,000,000
Since its inception in 2010, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) has used donations, sponsorships and fundraising for mission accomplishment and business expenses. We have reached a critical point in our growth which requires an increase in foundational and administrative needs to continue achieving our mission to Engage, Assist, and Empower our Nation’s Heroes, our Sheep Dogs.
With the launch of our Heroes Shield Fundraising Campaign on July 13, 2017 – our 7-year anniversary – SDIA began searching for 200 “Shield Bearers” who are committed to our mission and have the means and desire to support our continued success. A Shield Bearer’s investment will leave a legacy that provides for all SDIA programs to run at 100% every day, which in turn enriches the life of each Sheep Dog we assist.
With successful implementation and execution of the campaign, SDIA will have the working capital to ensure future Team/Chapter expansions and all our programs maintain the high standards and success to which our members, supporters and sponsors are accustomed. The need could not be more clear.
Our current staff of 8 volunteers manages:
- 20+ Chapters & Teams in 14 states across the US;
- 5,000+ members, volunteer s and active supporters nationwide;
- A robust Disaster Response Mission program;
- 24 annual Outdoor Adventures for combat-wounded Veterans and First Responders injured in the line of duty; and
- An ever-expanding annual Holiday Outreach effort that feeds or provides gifts to more than 1,000 Sheep Dogs and/or their family members in need.
In addition to mission needs, the Heroes Shield campaign will provide funds for foundational and business needs, including the creation of an investment portfolio.
With your 2-year commitment to our Heroes Shield Fundraising Campaign, SDIA will have the financial stability and working capital to fully develop our programs to their potential, allowing us to change the lives of more Sheep Dogs in need than ever before.
Each Spartan, Legionnaire and/or Centurion commitment earns the contributor the title of “Shield Bearer.”
As a Shield Bearer, you will receive:
- A commemorative coin;
- A Shield Bearer certificate of appreciation;
- Your name listed on the Shield Bearer web page;
- Special recognition at the annual Heroes Gala; and
- An invitation to an exclusive Shield Bearer dinner at the conclusion of the campaign.
For Sheep Dogs, the standard of camaraderie and peer support is very high. Without it, Sheep Dogs struggle and lose their sense of purpose. To be with fellow Sheep Dogs who’ve “been there” has a profound effect and helps them reengage in life.
Army SPC Scott West and Marine SSgt Jose Sanchez know these difficulties first hand. Both men were severely injured by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) overseas, but their physical recovery was only part of their struggle.
SSgt Sanchez lost his left leg below the knee and damaged his right leg in 2011. He struggled for years to accept the “disfigured” man he had become. While vigorously pushing himself in physical therapy, he hid his legs and isolated himself for fear of others’ judgment. However, after running a Spartan Race with SDIA, Sanchez was empowered to show his legs and talk about his injuries and struggles. In SDIA, he found a family and support system that gave him a new purpose. “[I realized] it was not about me,” Sanchez said, “but about helping others through my own battles…being able to show others that we are still fighting.”
SPC West had numerous injuries and lost both legs below the knee in 2005. He recovered well but became addicted to his painkillers resulting in divorce and no contact with his son. He felt useless, hopeless, and discontent. He tried rehab, relapsed, tried again, and completed the program, yet still isolated himself. He went on an SDIA skydiving adventure. “It was great!” West said. “But the camaraderie was even better.” He found a brotherhood, and a new purpose for his life. “I spread the word about SDIA and find Sheep Dogs who feel life is hell and without purpose to go on adventures. It feels good to give back and show them there is a reason to drive on!”
How You Can Help:
Choose one of 3 commitment levels
To make your investment and for more information on how you can support the Heroes Shield Fundraising Campaign and Sheep Dog Impact Assistance, call 417-812-6035 and/or e-mail us at HeroesShield@SheepDogIA.org.