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Warrior Canine Connection Earns 2019 Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 21, 2019

BOYDS, Maryland – Warrior Canine Connection is pleased to announce that it has earned the 2019 Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing information about the organization’s goals, strategies, capabilities and vision, WCC is better able to provide meaningful data about its mission with donors, grantmakers, peers and the media.

“We are thrilled that our GuideStar Gold Nonprofit Profile allows us to communicate our organization’s key goals and initiatives on a widely visible scale,” said Rick Yount, founder and executive director, WCC. “We are 100% committed to being transparent about the work we’re doing, where donor dollars are going and how we are serving our nation’s heroes.”

GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. Through a stringent vetting process, GuideStar verifies that recipient organizations are established and that donated funds go where the donor intended, and after recent review, WCC is pleased to have been upgraded from silver to gold status.

Warrior Canine Connection uses a Mission Based Trauma Recovery (MBTR) training model that harnesses the healing power of the Warrior Ethos and the human-animal bond to reduce symptoms of combat trauma whereby Warriors with combat stress train the dogs to assist another Veteran with visible and/or invisible wounds. The model provides recovering combat Veterans with a sense of purpose while they are recovering and is designed to remediate their symptoms of combat stress, such as isolation, emotional numbness and re-experiencing. Each dog can positively impact up to 60 Veterans during the training process.

To-date, WCC has placed a total of 68 assistance dogs with Veterans and military families. Another cadre of Veteran Service Dog teams will be paired and graduate this September.

Warrior Canine Connection’s GuideStar profile, including more detailed information about the organization, is available here.

For more information, contact Beth Bourgeois, Warrior Canine Connection, at beth.bourgeois@warriorcanineconnection.org or 719-216-3206.

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About Warrior Canine Connection
Warrior Canine Connection is a pioneering organization that utilizes a Mission Based Trauma Recovery model to empower returning combat Veterans who have sustained physical and psychological wounds while in service to our country. Based on the concept of Warriors helping Warriors, WCC’s therapeutic service dog training program is designed to mitigate symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and other challenges, while giving injured combat Veterans a sense of purpose, and help in reintegrating back into their families and communities. For more information, visit www.warriorcanineconnection.org.

About GuideStar
GuideStar is a service of Candid, an organization formed when Foundation Center and GuideStar joined forces in February 2019. The GuideStar database offers profiles of more than 2.7 million organizations. Populated with data from the IRS, nonprofits, and partners, these profiles are available through the GuideStar website and more than 200 other websites and applications, including Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Fidelity Charitable. In 2018, more than 10 million people used GuideStar data to make decisions about nonprofits and the work they do.