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Healing Warrior Hearts is an all volunteer organization.

  • Board of the Starfish Foundation

  • Veterans Program committee of the Foundation

  • Instructors and staff of the retreats
  • Event volunteers


All donate their time in gratitude for the service of our veterans.

HWH Volunteer Opportunities

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Staffing Retreats

Staff for the retreats are vetted carefully, for their interest in working with veterans, their familiarity with emotional healing work and their ability to provide a non-judgmental, safe environment for the veterans to tell their stories. In addition to attendance for the whole weekend, staffing also requires presence at a training meeting during the day on Friday.

Professionals and peer counselors working with veterans are welcome to attend as staff to experience the program so they can confidently make referrals to retreats.

Civilians are also welcome as staff, as community acceptance and support is integral to the healing process.

Community members attend the graduations of the retreats, on Sunday afternoon at 5:00 pm. Snacks for the grads during the weekend (desserts, fruit, etc)  and special treats for the veterans and the guests at graduation are always appreciated. Help with clean-up after the graduation is another way that people can help with the retreats if they are unable staff a full weekend retreat.

Group of volunteers at the Christmas Eve event at the VA

Operation Grateful Giving

Every year we coordinate the creation and distribution of Holiday Gift Bags for the veterans who are:

  • in-patient at Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee

  • in-residence at Vets Place Central, Boudicca House, and the R&R House


Volunteers can help solicit items for the bags, help fill the 300+ bags in early December, and personally distribute the bags on Christmas Eve morning (or drop off gift bags, subject to facility protocol).  More details

Volunteers at a fundraising event

Fundraising Committee / Events

A FUNd-raising committee meets monthly to coordinate the various FUNd-raising activities, such as:

  • annual silent auction

  • annual calendar raffle & 50/50 raffles

  • Rock-a-Flock project (

  • other FUNdraising projects


We welcome anyone who wants to help us with FUNdraising so we can continue to provide the retreats free to the veterans. Meetings are in-person and via conference calls so you can participate from anywhere!

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Other Volunteer Opportunities

We also welcome volunteers to help staff exhibits at veteran-related conferences and events.

If you are interested in joining the family of Healing Warrior Hearts as a volunteer, please fill out the form below and let us know how you would like to help.

HWH Volunteer Request Form

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