FAIRFIELD — Organizers of this year’s North Bay Operation Hand Up, the three-day encampment in Dixon to give needy veterans access to services that range from dental care to legal advice, is asking for community help to make up for the loss of a $10,000 federal grant they needed to finance the event.
In previous years, organizers at what is also known as the North Bay Stand Down had access to a grant from the Department of Labor to pay for some of the costs, such as clothing and other basic essentials needed by homeless veterans.
They were informed before last year’s event that the Department of Labor was not funding the grant. The community responded to help make financial ends meet.
The Department of Labor made the same announcement this year, again forcing organizers to ask the community to again step forward.
“At this year’s Stand Down, as in past years, the success of the event depends on corporate contribution, various grants, as well as the willingness of those in the community to serve as volunteers, provide donated goods for the event or donate cash to the cause,” spokesman Pat Sheehan said in a press release.
The event will take place Oct, 14, 15 and 16 at the Dixon May Fairgrounds. Volunteers are being asked to show up from Oct. 13 when the Stand Down’s facilities are set up, through Oct. 17 when they are taken down.
For more information, to make a contribution, to register as a veteran for services or to volunteer, go to www.nbstanddown.org or call the Solano County Veteran Services Office at 784-6590.
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