NAPLES — Home Base Florida, a local non-profit founded by the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital dedicated to supporting Veterans and military families impacted by the invisible wounds of war, received a $40,000 grant from the Copperleaf Charitable Foundation. The grant will support the Home Base Florida mission its world-class clinical care, wellness-based programs and peer support for Veterans, Service Members, and their Families – at no cost to them.
The Copperleaf Charitable Foundation is a non-profit organization that collects and distributes funds for food, education and health care for the benefit of local charities and Copperleaf Golf Club’s surrounding communities. They fundraiser throughout the year through a variety of fundraising events including the Home Base Golf Tournament and an annual appeal to its members.
“The Copperleaf community includes many Veterans and Veteran family members,” said Bill O’Dell, Copper Lead Trustee. “Unlike any other system available to Veterans, including the VA, the mission of Home Base is to treat both Veterans and their families by providing a wide array of professional and clinical care and support to deal with PTSD, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression and substance abuse disorders. The Copperleaf Charitable Foundation felt that supporting our large SWFL Veteran population through Home Base was a critical need and met our mission.”
The Copperleaf Charitable Foundation raised more money for local charities than ever before during its most recent fiscal year. Since its beginning in 2004, the Foundation has given grants of more than $1.3 million to local charities. Since 2016, Copperleaf Charitable Foundation has hosted an annual golf tournament for Home Base Veteran participants and granted Home Base Florida more than $120,000. This year’s Home Base Florida grant was nearly double last year’s grant and will help meet the growing demand for its programs.
“Home Base Florida has seen a surge in demand for services, serving as many Veterans and Military Families in the past six months as in the previous 12 months. Thanks to foundations like Copperleaf Charitable Foundation, we can continue our mission as a community empowerment model,” said Armando Hernandez Senior Director of Home Base Florida. “This donation is a testament to the power of community support for those who have sacrificed for our country. Together, we can make a difference in their lives.”
This grant will help Home Base Florida reach more Veterans and Military Families in need through increased awareness, community outreach and program expansion.
About Home Base Florida
Home Base is one of the first and largest non-profits in the country dedicated to healing the invisible wounds of war through clinical care, wellness, education and research – all at no cost to our Veterans and Families. Concerned by the rising suicides and health challenges Florida Veterans were facing when they returned home, Home Base opened Home Base Florida in 2014. Partnering with Florida Gulf Coast University, Lee Health, Tampa General Hospital and David Lawrence Centers, Home Base Florida provides world-class clinical care, wellness-based programs and peer support for Veterans, Service Members, and their Families. All care and support are provided at no cost, regardless of ability to pay, experience level or discharge status. To learn more about Home Base Florida or to connect to care, visit www.homebase.org/florida.