Operating nationally, with offices in Fort Collins, Colorado and Asheville, NC, nonprofit organization No Barriers USA has a mission to help people contribute their best to the world. Among their many programs, No Barriers Warriors improves the lives of veterans with disabilities from all branches and areas of service through transformative outdoor expeditions.
On August 28, the No Barriers Outdoor Classic at Walnut Cove, coupled with a gala and “Fund-a-Need” the evening before, raised more than $350,000 for the organization, with about $189,000 designated specifically to No Barriers Warriors. As one of the sponsors and participants in this event, Electronic Office was excited to support such a worthy cause.
“We had close to 140 individuals participating in the tournament,” says Lynn Penny, Southeast Region Development Manager for No Barriers USA. “There’s a lot of support here. The southeast is a very big destination for the relocation of veterans.”
No Barriers Warriors is dedicated to transforming the lives of veterans, no matter their disability or combat experience. “People connected with the cause and loved the work being done for veterans. It’s really life-changing for helping veterans transition into civilian life,” says Lynn. “They work directly with women veterans—some with physical disabilities and also internal disabilities, such as PTSD and chronic brain injuries. The program takes veterans on (experiences).” They go on anywhere from five- to twelve-day expeditions.
Brett Yarrington, Electronic Office’s Executive Director of Client Services and participant in the tournament, says, “Our involvement with No Barriers began in 2017 when we were approached by Lynn Penny. She told us all about the incredible things that No Barriers was doing and we were absolutely moved. Hearing and seeing the remarkable work being done by this group is just amazing. We hold our veterans in such a high regard and the programs that No Barriers provides changes the lives of these warriors and touches us all. We are very proud to be a part of this remarkable organization and look forward to supporting their mission.” (Photo above, left to right: Stefan Magura, George Bitter, Brett Yarrington, and Josias de Wet on Electronic Office’s team.)
To learn more about the work of this life-changing organization, visit nobarriersusa.org.