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AmericaServes: A Community Discussion

AmericaServes: A Community Discussion on Investing in Collective Impact Strategies Supporting America’s Transitioning Servicemembers, Veterans, and Their Families

Sponsored by:
The Walmart Foundation and The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF)

Starting in September, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) will embark upon an AmericaServes Community Impact Tour to 11 cities across the country. In each of these cities, we’ll convene up to 75 locally-based public, private, and nonprofit leaders to learn about collective impact initiatives and opportunities to enhance the quality and diversity of services, resources, and care offered to transitioning servicemembers, veterans, and their families in their communities.

About the AmericaServes Community Discussion:

The IVMF with support from the Walmart Foundation, Accenture, Unite US, and FSG will host informative discussions aimed at exploring the AmericaServes Collective Impact Initiative. Our objective is to provide tailored strategies to local stakeholders, thought leaders, and service providers from the public, private, and independent sectors in order to meet the diverse needs of our nation’s transitioning servicemembers, veterans, and their families.

Reflecting on the values within each community, we’re pleased to host these at public libraries across the country and have identified a number of similarities between the shaping of the AmericaServes Initiative and the grounding nature that our community libraries offer: a central location, accessible to all generations, and a safe space for people to research and exchange ideas while challenging the art of the possible.

As we prepare to kick off this 11 city community discussion, we ask that you preregister for the cities of interest to you, as well as help us socialize these discussions within your networks. We look forward to seeing you on the road!

Please go here to RSVP to one of the dates below.

Tour Locations, Venues, & Dates:

• Jacksonville, FL
Co-host: City of Jacksonville Military Affairs and Veterans Department
Where: Main Library
When: Tues., January 26
10:00am – 12:00pm

• Orlando, FL
Co-host: Heart of Florida United Way
Where: Albertson Public Library
When: Wed., January 27
10:00am – 12:00pm

• Chicago, IL
Co-hosts: USO of IL and Illinois Joining Forces
Where: The Harold Washington Library Center
When: Thurs., February 4
10:00am – 1:00pm

• San Diego, CA
Where: TBD
When: Wed., February 17

• San Francisco, CA
Co-host: Swords to Plowshar
Where: TBD
When: Fri., February 19

Our Ask: Please pre-register via the link below. You can select the cities that you are interested in receiving a formal invitation for. We encourage you to help us get the word out and share this announcement within your networks. As the event draws near, we’ll ensure you receive a formal invitation as a followup to your preregistration.

Preregister Here:

Questions or Comments?
Please contact Maggie Pollard at [email protected] or call 704. 370. 5764

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