NOTE: Updated link with direct fundraising page, apologies for the bad URL before.
Devastation (not decimation) has hit in the midwest, particularly in Oklahoma. Team Rubicon is on it. Please, share the word and spare what you can to help. Meantime, keep the people effected by it in your thoughts and prayers.
One more day to go! Vote for Team Rubicon for the Chase Community Giving Awards
Posted By Blackfive About 24 hours left in the competition for many great charities vying for $1 million. Team Rubicon is the only veteran charity in its category. Please consider voting for them via Facebook, and, if you are Chase online member, you can vote at ChaseGiving.com .
Help Team Rubicon win up to $1M in the Chase American Giving Awards today!
Posted By Blackfive
A veteran-led Team Rubicon work crew removes a bookshelf from the
flooded basement of a home in Rockaway Beach, New York. Photo by Thomas
Rubicon is one of 25 charities up for $2M as a part of the Chase
American Giving Awards! With your help, we know we can bring home the
big bucks. Below are the tools you’ll need to help us spread the word.
Check out our Facebook page for new graphics and videos to share with your friends!
Share our Cover Photo to get out the word! Then use this language to share the story:
Veteran issues and disaster relief are being met by one incredible organization! Team Rubicon got my vote. http://bit.ly/TRvote
the quake in Haiti to the recent destruction of Hurricane Sandy, the
veteran volunteers of Team Rubicon have led 37 disaster relief missions
in 2.5 years. Please vote for them to win $1M http://bit.ly/TRvote
Small Charity of the Year, Team Rubicon, is up to win $1M. Vote for the
organization that pairs veteran volunteers with disaster response! http://bit.ly/TRvote
Be sure to retweet our tweets as the week goes on or, here are some sample tweets you can send out on your own!
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Team Rubicon In Action - Helping Victims of Hurricane Sandy
Posted By Blackfive
Message (which has my complete support) from Jake Wood & Will McNulty - founders of Team Rubicon:
As this week draws to a close we reflect back upon the devastating events of Hurricane Sandy. The destruction left in the wake of this storm is epic in proportion, but so is the resiliency of the communities hit. Among the horror we find hope, and with hope we find a way forward.
Team Rubicon's incredible volunteers and regional leaders have been working tirelessly since Saturday, doing everything from rescue ops, to shelter management and debris removal. Their efforts show the incredible potential our nation's veterans have to be stalwarts in our neighborhoods across the nation.
In the coming days Team Rubicon will launch its boldest, most ambitious operation ever. By this time next week we hope to have 1,000 military veterans move into affected communities to lead recovery efforts and establish a battle plan to return to normalcy. Street by street, home by home; It will be Fallujah, but with chainsaws and shovels instead of tanks and rifles.
Never before have we needed your help as much as we do now. The success of this operation will depend on our ability to equip, feed, and house these men and women. The support of TR Nation will be critical, just as it was in the days after the Haiti Earthquake.
With your support, we can do this. We have issued a call to action. Will you answer?
"Team Rubicon are on a mission to empower 250 returning veterans to use their skills as first responders in disaster relief. If you enjoy this video, please support the cause by sharing, or donating at www.omaze.com."
Team Rubicon and Omaze are partnering to raise money to empower 250 veterans to become first responders for Team Rubicon and to raise awareness about Team Rubicon.
This raffle, for donations of $5 or more, allows Team Rubicon supporters the chance to engage in once-in-a-lifetime experiences that simply cannot be bought or obtained in any other way.
The charity raffle kicks off on July 3rd and runs through August 3rd with new offerings every week. The raffles will offer drinking with celebrities and hanging out on sets of your favorite shows or playing RISK with one of the best strategic minds of our generation and doing some really incredible things...
In Indiana alone yesterday: 15 known dead, at least 17 tornadoes,11 counties are disaster areas. Indiana, though, is not alone. There were 76 known/confirmed tornadoes nationwide, and the devastation is just starting to be cataloged.
Help those who are helping those who need it the most right now: Team Rubicon. There will be other needs later, but first response needs all you can give.
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