Earlier this month, Vista Outdoor employees and partners donated more than $146,000 for the Veterans Community Project (VCP) during the Hunt/Shoot Sales Conference held in Overland Park, Kansas. Founded by Kansas City veterans, VCP creates communities of “Tiny Homes” and offers onsite services to provide housing stability and address the underlying causes of veteran homelessness.
“We are so proud of our employees’ and partners’ generosity in supporting this important cause,” said Vista Outdoor Chief Executive Officer Chris Metz. “Vista Outdoor and its brands have a legacy of supporting the brave men and women who serve our nation, so this partnership with VCP was a natural fit. Our company strives to embody a culture of responsibility, and this was a fantastic way to give back to one of the communities where we live and work.”
The proceeds from donations will be used for two VCP goals:
- Build Tiny Homes in other U.S. cities
A Tiny Home provides a comfortable transitional living space with amenities to allow a homeless veteran to retain their sense of security and dignity. Tiny Homes will be built in Nashville, Tennessee; St. Louis, Missouri; and Jonesboro, Arkansas.
- Adopt-A-Home Initiative
When veterans transition out of Veterans Village into permanent housing, the veterans may take all the items from inside their tiny-home. When an organization or individual agrees to “adopt-a-home” they are making a commitment to replace used items, and items given to the veteran when they transition into permanent housing. Additionally, they are committing to assist VCP to make necessary repairs to the home to make it “like new” for the next veteran.
“All of us at VCP were blown away by the kindness and compassion of the Vista Outdoor team,” said Chris Stout, Chief Executive Officer at VCP. “This was the largest single-night fundraising event in our organization’s history, and we’re eager to use this donation to help more veterans overcome the challenges they’re facing.”