Ever since my days of being in the US Air Force as a combat medic, I knew I wanted to give back to the community that gave so much to me as a young man. I just did not know how, but then in 2015, I founded Merivis with the goal of bridging the gap for veterans/mil-spouses who want to transition to a growing technology job market and specifically the Salesforce economy. Merivis is making a real difference in the lives of many veterans as the military made a difference in my life many years ago. Merivis is a 501c3 and up recently was an all-volunteer board who also did most of the work over the last 4 years. However, Merivis is growing and requires funds to serve more veterans and military spouses and expand the curriculum of classes.
What Exactly Does Merivis Do?
In 4 years, Merivis has held 16 cohorts dedicated serving veterans/mil-spouses in their transition to civilian careers. These include technical skills training, both in person and virtual, 1x1 coaching, plus a variety of soft skills and professional development topics such as resume reviews, interview skills, building a personal brand, effective networking and social media strategy. Over the last 4 years, we have had over 250 alumni who have gone on to work at Dell, Amazon, Google, Capgemini, Accenture, and other prestigious companies across the country. We are excited to launch more programs and training classes in 2020, but need your help to make that happen.
How Can You Help?
First, please donate to my campaign, or any of the vets who are helping us raise funds. While we grew 300% year over year class wise in 2019 and expect 2020 to being even bigger. My campaign is aiming to bring our first cohort to the DC metro area in 2020. Second, help us get the word out. Our military veterans/mil-spouses shouldn't have to struggle after leaving the military - while the veteran stories now coming out after they are hired are inspiring, I want vets and their spouses to know there are amazing career opportunities waiting for them and not have to worry about how they will support their family. Finally, if you work at a vet-friendly organization, please let me know so I can explain partnership opportunities and how you can provide career opportunities for our alumni.
Thank you for your time and consideration in helping our #merivets family.
Hector Perez Jr.