Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Partners With Lotsa Helping Hands on Caregiving Service to Support Injured Service Members and Their Families

Sep 16, 2010, 10:02 ET from Wounded Warrior Project

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In partnership with Lotsa Helping Hands, Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors, has launched an online caregiving coordination service to provide comprehensive services to the families of injured service men and women (mycarecrew.woundedwarriorproject.org).

The service, called My Care Crew, is a free, private, and personalized caregiving community powered by Lotsa Helping Hands.  It will engage friends, family, and the local community to assist wounded warriors and their families.  My Care Crew provides a comprehensive tool for families to manage both the treatment and administrative needs of their injured loved one and also the outpouring of support from their network of family and friends. Visitors to www.woundedwarriorproject.org can quickly and easily create a private My Care Crew community to begin organizing well meaning offers of help for friends and loved ones.

Over 39,000 service members have been injured in the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Many have experienced limb-loss, traumatic brain injury or other injuries which require extended hospital stays, rehabilitation and a significant adjustment period for the patient and their family.  Users of the My Care Crew site will be able to make all stages of an ongoing recovery more manageable for a caregiver.  

"My Care Crew is an extraordinarily important new resource for families coping with a combat injury," said Jeremy Chwat, Chief Program Officer for the Wounded Warrior Project. "WWP is pleased to be offering this much needed service which will give our larger community access to an easy-to-use, private group calendar, specifically designed for organizing helpers, where everyone can pitch in with meals delivery, rides, and other tasks necessary when caring for a warrior."

"At Lotsa Helping Hands, we believe in the importance of providing services and support to our nation's wounded warriors and their families.  Wounded Warrior Project is our first non-profit partner that provides programs and services to our nation's military families, and we are delighted to work with them to raise awareness of My Care Crew. This partnership is one more way to make the world a more caring and compassionate place through the support of community commitment," said Hal Chapel, Co-Founder and CEO.

About Wounded Warrior Project

The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors.  Its purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured men and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. To get involved and learn more, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

About Lotsa Helping Hands

Founded in 2005, Lotsa Helping Hands is the leading provider of a free online volunteer and caregiving coordination platform allowing family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues to more easily assist with the daily meals, rides, shopping, housecleaning, and errands that become a challenge during times of medical crisis, caregiver exhaustion, or when caring for an elderly loved one. It's also a place to keep these "circles of community" informed with status updates, photo galleries, message boards, and more.  

SOURCE Wounded Warrior Project