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To our Veterans

If you live in Sonoma County, California, you can benefit from the currently offered H.A.V.E.  workshops and our Veterans Organic Peace Garden in front of the VA Clinic by the Sonoma County Airport.  

See our Workshop tab on the top or side menus and participate. 

They are FREE. 

Come visit our Garden and help us with the planting, maintenance like watering, and the harvest of vegetables, organically grown by folks in the community, Vets and non-Vets helping each other. 

Do only what you can per your ability status. 

We will announce Work Parties on this website - see the Help/ Volunteer  tab. 



Site News

May 13, 2015:  Upload Event poster for May 23rd HAVE benefit party; upload letter to Andy's Market and Manzana Products Co thanking them for the donation jar gift $1434; upload Healthy Habits for Veterans workshop.

January 10, 2014:  Upload Newsletter of Winter 2014

November 5, 2014:  Update workshop for creative writing and announce Girl Scouts Weeding Contest at the Veteans' Organic Peace Garden.

August 15, 2014: Replace Event poster with new headliner, The Blues Burners.

August 5, 2014: Upload Event poster of the Foresetville Horsehoe Tournament and BBQ/Potluck/Silent Auction benefittling H.A.V.E.

May 13, 2014: Upload Memorial Weekend Benefit Potluck and Music for H.A.V.E. on May 24 from noon - 10 pm.

January 16, 2014:  Upload Workshop flyers for Creative Writing, Guitar and Painting/Drawing for Winter 2014.  All Workshops are in Petaluma this quarter.  You can see our new sign at the Veterans Organic Peace Garden that will hold flyers for our workshops and events for announcements.

August 6, 2013:  Upload Labor Day Weekend's Saturday Benefit Party and Hoseshoe Pitching Tournament

June 24, 2013:  Update Recognition list.  Update photos for Garden 2013.

March 28, 2013: Add Recognition list of donors and volunteers.  Update Humor Workshop in Santa Rosa.  Announce Memorial weekend party to benefit H.A.V.E on Saturday 5/25/13.

November 24, 2012:  Add Calendar and Paypal Donation button.

November 12, 2012:  Veterans Day renewal: Replace website with rebuild per Web 3.0, expand navigation with drop-down menus, and add panels.

August 25, 2012:   We held our 2nd Horsehoe Pitching Tournament and Party to pitch in for the Vets to benefit H.A.V.E.

August 8, 2012:  Work Party at the Veterans Organic Peace Garden.

May 26, 2012:  We held our 2nd Memorial Day Party and silient auction to benefit H.A.V.E.

May 6, 2012:  Build more raised beds and plant starts of vegetables in the Veterans Organic Peace Garden.

Lee Gooding in Press Democrat 4/22/2012 photo by Jeff Kan LeeApril 19, 2012:  The Red Cross of Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties awarded Lee P. Gooding, III, Executive Director of H.A.V.E., its Real Hero Award.  It was awarded to ordinary people of extraordinary compassion at the Red Cross annual Real Heroes Breakfast.  The Red Cross Website press release states he received the Real Hero for Military related service: Lee Gooding, Executive Director of Helping American Veterans Endure (HAVE), works with veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. A Vietnam veteran, Gooding has created programs to help vets alleviate stress and live healthier. HAVE workshops include such activities as writing, humor, art classes and even pet therapy. Through HAVE, Gooding has created a place of healing for military veterans.  Click here for the Press Democrat report on 4/22/2012.  (Photo by Jeff Kan Lee of the Press Democrat)

November 11, 2011:  First Veterans Day Benefit Dance for H.A.V.E. is held at the Jenner Inn in Jenner, CA on the Sonoma coast.

October 2011:  H.A.V.E. offers its first workshops in Santa Rosa, CA in Creative Writing and Humor.   H.A.V.E. offers its first workshops in Penngrove, CA in Painting and Guitar.

August 27, 2011:  We held our first Horsehoe Pitching Tournament and Party to pitch in for the Vets to benefit H.A.V.E.

July 19, 2011:  Starting building the first raised beds for the Veterans Organic Peace Garden located at 3839 Brickway Blvd., directly in front of the Santa Rosa VA Outpatient Clinic, near the Sonoma County Airport in California.

July 15, 2011:  Trenched and laid irrigation pipes at the Veterans Organic Peace Garden.

June 4, 2011:  Formed first Board of Directors with Carolyn Crimmins, Ph.D., Lee P. Gooding III, Stephen D. Shore, DC, and Kenneth E. Norton.  Lee Gooding was elected President of the Board and Executive Director.

May 28, 2011:  We held our 1st Memorial Day Party  to benefit H.A.V.E.

March 2011:  H.A.V.E. offers its first workshops in Creative Writing and Humor in Petaluma, CA.

September 26, 2010:  H.A.V.E. had a booth at the Petaluman Progressive Festival with Lee Gooding offering massages.  

H.A.V.E. booth at the Petaluma Progressive Festival 9/26/20120

June 19, 2009:   First Event as a Benefit for H.A.V.E. at the San Francisco VA Medical Center at Fort Miley, where we served 60 veterans an organic lunch and provided live music. Louis-Virie Blanche and his band Constant Creation performed and the food was donated by Don Smith, owner of the French Garden Restaurant, in Sebastopol.

June 2009:  Steering committee formed with Lee P. Gooding III as Executive Director,  Louis-Virie Blanche -Executive Event Coordinator, and Amor Luz Pangilinan, Executive Director of Public / Media Relations.

April 2009:  Lee P. Gooding, III and Marty Koellhoffer, buddies from their Army days in the 1960s who both were helped in VA Clinics and Hospitals, found Helping American Vets Endure.



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