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to a New Year in which we hope to see the number of new clinics keep
growing. We currently have 17 clinics up and running around the
country providing free community style acupuncture to vets and their
families with several more nearing their launch date!
Please join us in 2009 by creating or joining a group in your area to develop a veterans clinic to serve your community. Email
AWB to see if we have folks in your area who have already expressed an
interest in the veterans project with whom you can collaborate.
Lets get 10 more clinics up and running by July!
The Next Conference Call
|Next conference call time:
Wednesday, February 18 at 8:00 pm ET
Cultural Sensitivity for Working With Veterans and the nuts and bolts of Financial Arrangements with AWB for Vets Clinics
NOTE: Despite what the operator says when you first get connected with
this conference call service, please wait to announce yourself. We
will periodically check to see if anyone new has joined the call rather
than have the new callers interrupt the current conversation.
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Instructions for Joining the Call*
* Please read the article on Call Guidelines at the bottom of this email before joining the next call.
1. Dial the conference call number: (616) 597-8000
2. You will be prompted to enter the Pass Code:
1017686 followed by #
3. Follow any other prompts, as they are self-explanatory
4. Please wait to announce yourself unless the intros have not yet begun
Other keys to know:
Press *4 for more instructions
Press *6 to mute (like if your dog is barking), and *6 again to un-mute.
*You will be charged whatever your long-distance rates are for this phone call and nothing more.
|Highlights From the Last Conference Call|
Topic: How to Fund Your Veterans Clinic
To Listen to this call you can download the wav file HERE
- Fundraising events:
- Community Acupuncture Events to involve the local community in supporting your clinic efforts
support in the form of monetary or product/service donations from local
businesses for raffles, silent auctions, refreshments, clinic space,
printing services etc.
- Get a restaurant to sponsor you with portion of their proceeds on a given day/night to your clinic.
- Financial Arrangement with AWB as a 501c3 pass through organization -
clinic gets 70% on account for reimbursement for expenses (must send in
receipts) and AWB keeps 30% to cover admin costs of maintaining
accounting. (see Vets Project Site Manual for more details - if you do
not already have the site manual you can purchase it HERE or register for one of our Healing Community Trauma Trainings to get your free copy HERE)
- Work with AWB to be listed on our website as your clinic gets going and use materials from the Site Manual and AWB's website
to present your clinic ideas to local potential sponsors (i.e.
businesses, individuals, corporations, grant funders, foundations, etc.)
- Local grants - work with AWB or on your own to apply for local grants
for doing trauma work with veterans or any others that may apply to
funding your clinic. (Working with AWB requires a Financial Arrangement as laid out in the Site Manual)
- Get creative and involve the whole community in your funding efforts!
For Doing Outreach for Your Clinic|
For Use in Your Clinic
- Acufinder.com has a good article that can be used as a handout for trying to convince people to go to, or support, Vets Clinic HERE.
- Info Flyer about AWB that you can print out HERE
Sharps Containers are a handy and secure way to deal with removal of
needles in a group setting. It is shaped like a pointy test tube and
is secure yet small enough to stick in your pocket so you can remove
needles and keep your sharps container on you as you move around the
- We found a few sites where you can purchase them relatively inexpensively (a few dollars a piece)
|Veterans Clinic Outreach Avenues
| Vets Stand Downs
Contact the coordinators of these events to see if you can be a part of their list of services.
"Stand Downs are one part
of the Department of Veterans Affairs' efforts to provide services to
homeless veterans. Stand Downs are typically one to three day events
providing services to homeless veterans such as food, shelter,
clothing, health screenings, VA and Social Security benefits
counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services,
such as housing, employment and substance abuse treatment. Stand Downs
are collaborative events, coordinated between local VAs, other
government agencies, and community agencies who serve the homeless."
See the rest of this information HERE and find a Stand Down in your area to offer your support to and reach out into your local veterans community.
|Veterans Clinics Updates
|Clinics are scheduled to open their throughout January, February and March in:
Turners Falls, MA
East Bay Area, CA
See our current list of clinics operating around the country HERE.
|Upcoming Trainings from AWB:
Healing Community Trauma
promptly upon completion of your registration.
If you haven't yet attended a training and you sign up now we will send you the Field Manual, at your request,
AWB Healing Community Trauma Training: How to Provide Mobile Group Acupuncture for Traumatic Events
The next few trainings will be held:
Southwest Acupuncure College
Albuquerque, NM January 17-18, 2009
Orlando, FL February 28-March 1, 2009
Florida College of Integrative Medicine
Santa Cruz, CA April 4-5, 2009
Five Branches University
|Support the National Effort
National Veterans Project is run on a shoestring budget and can always
use your help in supporting the growth of this grassroots effort.
Remember that you can help us
with your tax-deductible donation in any amount and that for every 10$
you donate we are able to help support the treatment of one Veteran or
a member of their family,
Your $100.00 could allow for all the attendees at one of our newer clinics to receive treatment for one evening!
Give Now, give when you can, and give generously! Every dollar counts.
make a note in the 'notes to seller' area on paypal or the memo field
of your check that you want your donation to go directly to the
Veterans Project so that we correctly earmark your donation and Thank
You for your support.
|Instructions For Joining An AWB Conference Call
order to streamline our conference calls please take a look at the following instructions and call
format. This helps us avoid too much distraction and
overlap on the calls and allow us to make the most of the time we have
We will keep calls to under 1 hour.
Before the call:
- Show quoted text -
When you join the call:
- Announce yourself if you arrive on time and the Introductions have not begun.
- If you join the call after the start time please wait to announce yourself.
Intros and Updates we will periodically check to make sure everyone who
silently joins the calls gets to introduce themselves as well.
forget to mute yourself if you are hearing any background noise when
you are not talking. Press *6 to mute or use the mute button on your
1. Introductions and Updates - we will ask folks to introduce themselves one by one.
- When it is your turn, please:
- Tell us your name and location and whether this is you first call.
- Give a brief update of what is happening for you in terms of the Vets Project.
AWB Update - Diana Fried or the program coordinator will give a brief
update from AWB about progress and news relevant to the Vets Project.
- At the end of your introduction, state any questions you have. (These will be answered after Intros.)
3. Discussion on the call topic.
4. Q & A - Diana Fried and AWB staff will address the questions presented during
Intros and offer time for further questions at the end.
We look forward to hearing from you!
this time if you have helpful information to add from your own
experience to address peoples questions please do so by announcing
yourself during a pause.
Acupuncturists Without Borders
37 Kelly Lynn Dr.
Albuquerque, NM 87047