of San Diego
Mission: Veterans Village of San Diego serves America’s veterans in overcoming homelessness and related challenges.
VVSD is a 501c(3) non-profit, non-governmental veterans organization.
Founded in 1981, and dedicated to the promise to “Leave No One Behind,” VVSD is a nationally recognized non-profit organization dedicated to helping America’s veterans reclaim their lives. In short, VVSD Saves Lives!
Clothing donations may be made Tuesday and Thursday from 8am – 2pm during COVID19 at the warehouse located just around the corner from our main office at:
For additional details please reach out to our Warehouse Coordinator Napoleon: (619) 925-6271.
Unfortunately due to space restrictions, we are unable to accept furniture donations.
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You can now Text To Give and make an immediate gift
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Donate Your Vehicle
Donating your car, truck, van, SUV, boat, motorcycle, ATV, RV, trailer or airplane has never been easier! Simply fill out the form to donate or give us a call and our trained staff will guide you through the donation process.
Donate Via Mail
4141 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92110
You may direct your
to any of the following:
• Unrestricted – supports all of VVSD programs and operating
• Emergency Housing
• Housing for Homeless Veterans
• Housing for Families, Women & Children
• Substance Recovery Programs
• Employment Programs
• Mental Health Programs
• Expressive Arts/Therapy Programs
• Legal/Homeless Court Programs
• Stand Down – 3 day outreach & triage to almost 1,000 veterans annually
For additional information, please contact Lisa Record at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations may be mailed to:
Attn: Lisa Record
Veterans Village of San Diego
4141 Pacific Highway
San Diego, California 92110
Are my donations tax-deductible?
Yes, VVSD is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contributions and gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Why donate to VVSD?
It is important that we recognize and support our veterans and their families. Donations are vital to the sustainability of our life-changing programs.
VVSD is a nationally-recognized leader and the only residential licensed drug rehabilitation program for homeless veterans in San Diego County. VVSD founded Stand Down and Homeless Court which have been replicated nationwide.
Why support VVSD?
San Diego is home to the nation’s largest concentration of military personnel. More than 15,000 active duty service members transition out of active duty service in San Diego each year. More than half of those transitioning want to stay in San Diego, which is the number one destination for veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. There are more veterans in San Diego than there are active duty personnel. Today, more than 240,000 veterans reside here in America’s finest city.
According to VA data, over 42,000 post-9/11 veterans live in San Diego County, by far the largest number in the U.S. The VA suggested two major reasons why San Diego ‘s homeless veteran total is the 3rd highest in the U.S. (HUD AHAR Report, 2015) even though San Diego is only the 17th largest U.S. region:
1.) the prevalence of military bases
2.) the significant number of post-9/11 veterans. According to former VA Secretary Robert McDonald, “San Diego’s challenge is to keep up with the huge influx of post-9/11 veterans.”
Veterans experience higher rates of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), sexual assault and substance abuse, all of which contribute to a higher risk of homelessness. Chronically homeless unsheltered veterans increased 66% from 2016 to 2017 according to RTFH.
If VVSD receives millions in grants each year, why does it need private donations?
Grants from government agencies DO NOT cover the full costs of our operations. The actual cost of housing veterans in our programs and providing supportive services is higher than the amount we receive through government grants.
How financially accountable is VVSD?
VVSD’s finances undergo a comprehensive audit each year by an outside firm. In addition to the comprehensive annual audit, VVSD is also periodically audited by government agencies on how it spends grant money.
Can I make a non-monetary donation?
VVSD accepts new or gently used clothing, towels, socks, new underwear (men and women), belts and additional household items for veterans in our shelter and those transitioning into their new home. Please see our Wish List for ongoing needs. Unfortunately due to space restrictions, we are unable to accept furniture.
Thank you for supporting America’s veterans.
VVSD Planned Giving
With your generous support, our veterans have a safe place to live, compassionate care for Post-Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury, focused case management in overcoming addiction and practical assistance in securing life sustaining employment. These are the building blocks that maximize human potential and the very mission of VVSD.
Your participation means everything to our success. By participating in the VVSD planned giving program, you’re ensuring that these building blocks continue to support our veterans.
Here are a few planned gifts you will find beneficial:
Remembering VVSD in your will or living trust is a personal way to extend the influence of your life. Your gift may be in the form of a percentage of your estate, a set amount or the entire estate. Your gift may include cash, securities, in-kind or property. Informing VVSD of your estate plans allows us to thank you now for your contribution.
Charitable Gift Annuity
A charitable gift annuity is an opportunity to make a commitment to supporting the work of VVSD.
A charitable gift annuity is a transfer of your financial assets or real estate to a charity that pays you a fixed income for the rest of your life. Depending on your age, you can receive between 4.7 % and 9% return on your gift. Upon your death the remaining principal is transferred to VVSD.
Payable-on-death (POD) Bank Accounts
Payable-on-death (POD) bank accounts can be a marvelous estate planning tool. You can add VVSD as a POD beneficiary to your bank accounts and CDs. A POD payee inherits whatever money is in the account upon your death and avoids probate.
Life Estate Gifts
A life estate gift is a wonderful choice for those interested in leaving their home to VVSD. With a life estate gift, you deed your property to Veterans Village of San Diego now, but reserve the right to continue living in the home. You receive a charitable tax deduction the year the gift is made.
Cash, Securities, IRAs, Pension Plans, Life Insurance and Real Estate.
VVSD’s Health & Wellness Program
In partnership with VetFIT
Physical exercise is an important element in improving our veterans’ health and quality of life. Exercise has been shown to help the body handle stress better and physically active people may have lower rates of anxiety and depression. Exercise can help our veterans build and maintain better psychological health and resilience, and may improve their mood and attitude.
Our health and wellness program is always in need of donations to help maintain the exercise equipment and assist our veterans in participating in community physical fitness events. There is nothing better than a little sweat to make one feel better and stronger. Our veterans need your help.
Or mail your check to VVSD:
4141 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92110
Please indicate “Health & Wellness” on your donation.
We are also in need of in-kind donations including but not limited to: work out attire, running shoes, yoga mats, miscellaneous gym equipment, etc.
Contact Jill Boyle by phone at (619) 849-8656 or by e-mail at email@example.com to learn more about our Health and Wellness Program.
The Donation Process
In partnership with Charitable Adult Rides and Services (CARS)
Donating your car, truck, van, SUV, boat, motorcycle, ATV, RV, trailer or airplane has never been easier! Simply fill out the form donate or give us a call, and our trained staff will guide you through the donation process.
To donate your vehicle, call (855) 500-RIDE (7433)
Schedule the Vehicle Pick up
In some areas, we will have the ability to schedule the vehicle for pick up during your initial call. In all other cases CARS will contact you within 2-3 business days to set a convenient appointment time for pick up. If you need your vehicle picked up sooner, please call us toll-free at (855) 500-RIDE (7433) as we may be able to make those arrangements. The vehicle will be picked up by a licensed tow company at no cost to you and will be taken to our sale location. You will be provided a Donation Receipt by the tow driver at the time of pick up.
The Vehicle is Sold
We have sales locations where we evaluate each vehicle. When it is cost-effective, we make major and/or minor mechanical repairs. We use auction houses to sell the majority of our vehicles. On occasion we may receive a unique or specialty item for which we may use other means to sell the vehicle. Our goal is to ensure that the non-profit organization receives the maximum amount of money for each donation that they receive.
We Provide all Necessary Tax Deduction Receipts and Forms
Within 30 days of the sale of the vehicle, you will receive a thank you letter which you may use as a tax receipt. This may be your only receipt if your vehicle sells for $500 or less. If your donated vehicle sells for more than $500, we will mail you an additional receipt known as “IRS Form 1098-C, Contributions of Motor Vehicles, Boats, and Airplanes” if your tax identification number has been provided.
Here is a link for the FAQ’s: http://www.careasy.org/faq