I am running the 2018 Air Force Marathon to raise awareness and support for the Air Force Enlisted Village (AFEV). The Air Force Enlisted Village is a nonprofit organization whose core mission is to provide a safe, secure home for surviving spouses of retired enlisted U.S. Airmen. AFEV provides life-long support to its residents, including assisted living with memory care.
The Air Force Enlisted Men’s Widows and Dependents Home Foundation was founded in 1967 to provide a safe and dignified residence for indigent surviving spouses of retired, enlisted airmen. At the time, a survey conducted by the Air Force Sergeant’s Association determined that more than 50,000 widows of enlisted airmen were living in poverty. To address this issue, a group of active-duty and retired Air Force noncommissioned officers, with the assistance of former Air Force Chief of Staff General John D. Ryan and his wife, created the Air Force Enlisted Widows Home Foundation, which would later become AFEV. The foundation was officially incorporated on January 17, 1968. It’s primary goal and focus was to provide a home for and financial assistance to widows of retired enlisted Air Force members. Low pay and frequent military moves leave some spouses without careers, home equities, retirement plans or significant assets. Air Force surviving spouses requiring financial assistance live at Bob Hope Village or Hawthorn House among peers sharing memories of military life without the stigma normally associated with subsidized housing.
To commemorate AEFV's 50th anniversary as a nonprofit organization, they are trying to raise $50,000. My goal is to raise $500 of that total, but I would certainly love to exceed that and I know the residents of AFEV would be truly grateful. Please help- every donation makes a difference. Thank you!