“This is locally based and that’s huge,” Jarvis said. “It has a hometown feel, so it’s easier for people to get involved.”
Jarvis has been on the receiving end of nonprofits and describes his desire to help others as “therapeutic.”
The 2004 graduate of Triton Regional High School served as an E-4 specialist combat engineer with the Massachusetts Army National Guard 182nd Engineering Company of the 101st Engineering Battalion when the vehicle he was traveling in hit an IED in Afghanistan. He was medically evacuated in the spring of last year and spent six months in recovery at a military hospital in Washington, D.C., where he witnessed first-hand how much small gestures of support meant to the soldiers.
Jarvis said the new organization can do “a ton of things” from offering PTSD support groups to developing connections between unemployed veterans and local businesses. They also hope to make a direct impact by assisting military families with purchases or home remodelings.
“I think it will grow,” Jarvis said.
“I know it,” Peluso filled in. “I think of different things all the time.”
Donation boxes can be found in Newburyport at City Hall, the TD Bank on Low Street and the North End Boat Club off Merrimac Street; in Amesbury at the TD Bank on Main Street; and in Salisbury at Uncle Eddie’s and the Blue Ocean Music Hall at the concert of Gary Hoey, Dec. 6.