HEAVENDROPt was conceived during a visit to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. Evergreen CEO, Sue Buchholtz was invited to the base by John Stross, co-founder of Remember Honor Support, a nonprofit that supports active military, veterans, first responders and families of the fallen. Co-founder, Jo Brower continues the mission of RHS and partners with Evergreen/HEAVENDROPt in many ways.
During the visit to MacDill AFB, Sue was shown the careful examination of used parachutes prior to them being cleared for use by the military for additional jumps. Sue saw the potential to develop products from the parachutes that could not be used again. Sue’s vision was to develop a social enterprise that included employing people with disabilities, giving back to veteran organizations and recycling. This started the development of a business plan and process to make this vision a reality.
HEAVENDROPt would not exist with out that visit to MacDill AFB where John introduced Sue to the parachutes at MacDill. Even though Sue is considered the founder of HEAVENDROPt, John was instrumental in its startup, and stood by our side throughout the process and implementation. HEAVENDROPt was also founded with strong backing from business professionals who serve on the Advisory Board of the social enterprise, Doug Towne and Nancy Giles, who were key to strategizing and building the business plan and operations and Corey Shadd for the attention to marketing and social media who saw the vision.
Answered Prayers provides “healing support through authentic relationships and art therapy.”
Warrior Sailing provides maritime education and outreach for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. We do so by facilitating opportunities for skill development and building partnerships between the military and marine communities. Using sailing as a platform, Warrior Sailing positively impacts the participant’s physical and mental health while reconnecting them with the camaraderie and teamwork previously found in military service.
Honor Flight West Central Florida is a 501-c-3 and a Hub (branch) of the national Honor Flight Network. Our Hub was Founded in 2010. Honoring War-era Veterans with all-expenses-paid “Honor Flights” to visit their memorials in Washington, D.C.
Current emphasis is on WWII and terminally ill veterans, with plans to expand the program to Korean and Viet Nam veterans in the future. We have completed 28 one day Missions (flights) and taken 2,107 War Veterans on 100% FREE trips to Washington, D. C. We have also conducted 6 Honor Flights at Home for 306 War Veterans physically unable to Fly.
Please reach out to all WWII and Korean War Veterans you know, or meet, and encourage them to apply to go on an Honor Flight!
Project Hero Pinellas (PHP)
PHP is the local chapter of Project Hero, a groundbreaking national non-profit organization dedicated to helping Veterans and First Responders affected by PTSD, TBI and injury achieve rehabilitation, recovery and resilience in their daily lives. PHP is located on the Clearwater campus of St Petersburg College, and provides several rehabilitative weekly rides around Tampa Bay for veterans, injured veterans and helping civilian citizens – anyone is welcome to ride. Additionally, upright and adaptive bike repairs, as well as indoor spinning is offered in the cycling center. Student veterans staff the center via scholarships awarded each semester. Funds donated to RHS on behalf of PHP, assist with funding scholarships, bicycles, repair parts, and local and national level Challenge Rides.
As part of the recently launched RHS Community Outreach Program this year, we are looking forward to working together in helping those local warriors. All funds impact local heroes through the collaboration of RHS and PHP.