Valley Teen’s Nonprofit Brings Heartwarming Bingo to Veterans
Jay Jhaver, a junior at Hamilton High School, may be preoccupied with the start of his second day of school, but his heart remains dedicated to serving veterans. Two years ago, he founded the nonprofit Teens4Vets, which has been making a significant impact on the lives of veterans in need.
Teens4Vets: Empowering Veterans Through Homes and Heartwarming Bingo
The nonprofit’s activities range from working alongside Habitat for Humanity to build homes for soldiers to hosting a beloved bingo event at US Vets in Phoenix. For the 187 veterans battling homelessness, US Vets provides a safe refuge and vital services, including career support, counseling, and housing.
When Jhaver and his volunteers arrive at US Vets with bingo cards in hand, the excitement is palpable among the residents. The game not only provides entertainment but also gives them a chance to win impactful prizes that Jhaver carefully selects, such as coffee makers, laptops, and bed sheets. These prizes, purchased with donations raised throughout the year, can make a significant difference in the lives of the veterans.
For Torkawase Robinson, a former combat medic and resident at US Vets, winning a bicycle meant reliable transportation for work and daily life. Such seemingly small gifts can be life-changing for those struggling with homelessness.
Homelessness among veterans is a serious issue, and Jhaver is determined to do everything he can to prevent it. He recognizes the importance of forming real connections with the veterans, listening to their stories, and understanding their needs.
Inspiring Dedication: A Valley Teen’s Journey to Empower Veterans
Ernie Verrue, one of the veterans benefiting from Teens4Vets’ initiatives, praises Jhaver’s dedication, wishing more young people were like him. Jhaver remains committed to expanding his nonprofit’s reach to make a broader impact across the nation.
Reflecting on his journey, Jhaver finds great fulfillment in his efforts to give back to those who have served their country. As he continues to support veterans through his nonprofit, he embodies the spirit of compassion and service that makes a difference in the lives of those who need it most.