A Note from the CEO

This is the beginning of a new chapter.

A new chapter of positivity, giving and support for those who suffer in silence or that have cried out for help and no one listened.

We are listening. We hear YOU.

Our goals are to

  • Provide support and resources to EMS, Fire, Police and Military service members in the gaming community without fear of repercussion.
  • Create new alliances to stem the stigma associated with mental illness especially within the Veteran and First Responder communities.
  • Advocate for suicide prevention and mental wellness in our communities.
  • Educate people about how video games help us.

But the number one thing we will do is make new friends and lift each other up. They say that it takes a village; but if we all work together towards a common goal imagine the great things that we can achieve.

I hope that you will join us on this journey of discovery.

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PsychArmor certifies Betties Bombers as Veteran Ready

Our Partnership brings additional resources for Veterans and aids us in our mission to educate the public about suicide prevention in the military and First responder community.

Nonprofit organizations that serve Veterans nation-wide have been utilizing PsychArmor’s educational platform to ensure their staff and volunteers are better prepared to interact with the Military-Veteran Community.

In recognition of our efforts, we are pleased to announce that PsychArmor  has certified Betties Bombers as a Veteran Ready Nonprofit Organization. This certification allows organizations like ours to showcase our commitment to more effectively engage with Veterans, service members and their families.

PsychArmor Institute is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit providing free education and support to all Americans who work, live, or care for military veterans and their families. PsychArmor recruits nationally recognized subject matter experts to create and deliver online courses on issues related to veterans and their families. In addition, their “Helping You Help Veterans” support line provides continual assistance and vetted resources to civilians, ensuring they are armed with the tools needed to effectively assist military veterans and their families.

For more information about PsychArmor, follow them on Facebook and Twitter (@PsychArmor), or visit PsychArmor.org.

Suicide Prevention Month 2019

September is Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and we have quite a bit planned, read on to learn about what we are doing and how you can get involved!

All through the month of September we will be hosting a live stream fundraising event to benefit our organization on Twitch and Mixer. Our goal is to raise $10,000 in 30 days!

We will be hosting a range of people on our channels so please be sure to follow us on social media so that you catch the announcements when they go live.

Details about the livestream event and how you can get involved can be found in this post. We need all the help that we can get to reach our goal so sign up today!

There’s no better time to support us with bits or a subscription on Twitch! Beginning Sept 3 through Sept 24, in partnership with Subway, Twitch is offering 50% off new Tier 1 subscriptions! Subway is also throwing in 10% more Bits when you Cheer 10 or more in any Affiliate or Partner channel.

You can also use your Amazon Prime benefit to support our channel by using your FREE channel subscription. Since you already have Prime, there is no additional cost to you. You must remember to renew your subscription each month as it does not auto-renew. Visit https://twitch.amazon.com to link your account and then here https://twitch.tv/bettiesbombers to subscribe.

Represent our org and spread mental health awareness everywhere with this awesome geek culture inspired tee. Screen printed with our #BOMBTHESTIGMA campaign logo and made from super soft ring spun cotton, it will soon become your favorite shirt to wear. Grab yours here https://streamlabs.com/BettiesBombers1/merch while supplies last!

We will also be hosting a local fundraising event later in the month in NJ. Keep an eye on our social media for additional information.

Let’s get out and get those conversations going and #BOMBTHESTIGMA surrounding mental health!

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Announcement: Betties Bombers is a Twitch Affiliate and Mixer Verified Partner

We are pleased to announce that our livestream channels on Twitch and Mixer are now partnered!

This means that on Twitch you will be able to support us by subscribing to our channel as well as Cheering with Bits. Subscribing and cheering provides us with a revenue share that we use to support our mission. You can even use your free Twitch Prime subscription benefit at no additional cost to you.

On Mixer, once the updates to the service have been enabled we will be able to participate in their Embers program as well as receive a share from channel subscriptions.

Check out our channels below and hit that follow/subscribe button to get notified when we are live!

Twitch

Mixer

Betties Bombers Appoints New Internal Affairs Committee Member

Aberdeen, NJ (7 June 2019) – Betties Bombers is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Shivler as Internal Affairs Committee Member to the Betties Bombers Board of Directors. Mark is a Veteran of the US Air Force. Mark’s experience as a Project Manager as well as being a long time advocate for mental health and suicide prevention, makes him a great addition to our team. Mark will be heading up Logistics for our on-site events.

Mark Shivler

“I am pleased to welcome Mark as our newest Board member,” said Stephanie Owens, CEO/President of Betties Bombers. “Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our organization and will be instrumental in helping us to further our mission of improving mental wellness with gaming for First Responders and Veterans.”

Betties Bombers Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from the medical, military, first responder, business and volunteer communities. It is the Board’s responsibility to provide counsel and guidance in the direction and operation of the organization as well as it is to raise awareness of the organizations services to the gaming community.

The organization is continuing its search for additional board members. Additional information as well as instructions on how to apply can be found here https://bettiesbombers.org/job-posting-volunteer-board-member/

Betties Bombers is a peer-to-peer network supporting First Responders and military service members, advocating positive mental wellness, socialization and suicide prevention through video gaming.

Betties Bombers Appoints New Governance Committee Member

Aberdeen, NJ (20 May 2019) – Betties Bombers is pleased to announce the appointment of Benjamin Irr as Governance Committee Member to the Betties Bombers Board of Directors. Benajamin Irr is the founder of Hyperion’s Legion which operates out of Boston MA and supports their Veteran community with game nights for Veterans at their local VA VetCenter. Benjamin will serve a three year term on the committee.

“I am pleased to welcome Ben as our newest Board member,” said Stephanie Owens, CEO/President of Betties Bombers. “Ben brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise and will be a tremendous asset to our organization as we further our mission of improving mental wellness with gaming for First Responders and Veterans.”

Betties Bombers Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from the medical, military, first responder, business and volunteer communities. It is the Board’s responsibility to provide counsel and guidance in the direction and operation of the organization as well as it is to raise awareness of the organizations services to the gaming community.

The organization is continuing its search for additional board members. Additional information as well as instructions on how to apply can be found here https://bettiesbombers.org/job-posting-volunteer-board-member/

Betties Bombers is a peer-to-peer network supporting First Responders and military service members, advocating positive mental wellness, socialization and suicide prevention through video gaming.

Betties Bombers Appoints New Finance Committee Member

Aberdeen, NJ (16 May 2019) – Betties Bombers is pleased to announce the appointment of Brittany Douville to the Finance Committee for the Betties Bombers Board of Directors. Brittany Douville is a graduate of Sam Houston State University in Texas and holds a degree in Mass Communication with a minor in general business administration. She has worked for the past 8 years in finance and banking and will most certainly be an asset to the organization. Brittany will serve a three year term as a committee member with the potential to ascend to a higher position in the future.

Brittany Douville

“I am pleased to welcome Brittany as our newest Board member,” said Stephanie Owens, CEO/President of Betties Bombers. “Brittany brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the field of finance and will be a tremendous asset to our organization as we further our mission of improving mental wellness with gaming for First Responders and Veterans.”

Betties Bombers Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from the medical, military, first responder, business and volunteer communities. It is the Board’s responsibility to provide counsel and guidance in the direction and operation of the organization as well as it is to raise awareness of the organizations services to the gaming community.

The organization is continuing its search for additional board members. Additional information as well as instructions on how to apply can be found here https://bettiesbombers.org/job-posting-volunteer-board-member/

Betties Bombers is a peer-to-peer network supporting First Responders and military service members, advocating positive mental wellness, socialization and suicide prevention through video gaming.

Betties Bombers Appoints New Board Governance Committee Chair

Aberdeen, NJ (10 May 2019) – Betties Bombers is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Vanderburg as Governance Committee Chair to the Betties Bombers Board of Directors. Scott Vanderburg is a Co-Founder of Real Nerds Real Talk and is a US Army Veteran, former volunteer firefighter and volunteer EMT. Scott will serve a three year term as the committee chair with the potential to hire on as Staff in the future.

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Scott Vanderburg

“I am pleased to welcome Scott as our newest Board member,” said Stephanie Owens, CEO/President of Betties Bombers. “Scott brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise in his field and will be a tremendous asset to our organization as we further our mission of improving mental wellness with gaming for First Responders and Veterans.”

Betties Bombers Board of Directors is comprised of individuals from the medical, military, first responder, business and volunteer communities. It is the Board’s responsibility to provide counsel and guidance in the direction and operation of the organization as well as it is to raise awareness of the organizations services to the gaming community.

The organization is continuing its search for additional board members. Additional information as well as instructions on how to apply can be found here https://bettiesbombers.org/job-posting-volunteer-board-member/

Betties Bombers is a peer-to-peer network supporting First Responders and military service members, advocating positive mental wellness, socialization and suicide prevention through video gaming.

Job Posting: Volunteer Board Member

Company
Betties Bombers

Company Description
Betties Bombers is a pending 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to ensuring that our organization recruits the board members it needs to ensure maximum impact. Betties Bombers is a registered nonprofit in the State of New Jersey.

The Betties Bombers Board of Directors comprises leaders from the nonprofit and for-profit sector who are dedicated to the organization’s mission.

Our board members champion the importance of exceptional board leadership and believe that Betties Bombers needs a strong and effective board to fully realize its potential for good. In addition to the standard roles and responsibilities of a board member, our board members are active advocates and ambassadors for the organization and are fully engaged in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for Betties Bombers to advance its mission.

Industry
Betties Bombers works to educate the gaming community about how video games can be used as a tool to improve mental wellness. Betties Bombers specializes in the needs of EMS, Fire, Police and Military service members issues such as, PTSD, Anxiety, Social Isolation and Depression.

Nonprofit Organization Management, Mental Wellness, Video Gaming

Position
Job Title: Volunteer Board Member

Experience
Associate

Job Function
We are seeking to recruit a number of board members, and expect that different candidates will bring a range of skills and experience to Betties Bombers, from the attributes listed.

Employment Type
Temporary

Job Description
The Betties Bombers Board of Directors comprises leaders from the nonprofit and for-profit sector who are dedicated to the organization’s mission. Serving on the Betties Bombers Board of Directors is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about video gaming and mental wellness in the civil and military service sector.

Board members are expected to have the financial acumen to read and understand Betties Bombers financial statements and to otherwise help the board fulfill its fiduciary responsibilities.

Board members are expected to attend board meetings. They are expected to read board materials in advance of board meetings and to come prepared to ask questions and participate in discussions.

Board members are expected to serve on one or more committees of the board and to actively participate in committee work.

Board Members are expected to be willing to fulfill the duties and standards of conduct required of a board member of an organization that is currently seeking charitable status

Board members are expected to play an active role in securing the financial resources necessary for Betties Bombers to achieve its mission. Board members are expected to leverage personal relationships and connections to help the development committee and staff identify and solicit potential funders, as well as directly invest in Betties Bombers work by making a personal contribution each year.

Board members are expected to responsibly represent Betties Bombers to their respective communities and to advocate for Betties Bombers mission, programs, and services as appropriate.

Board terms last for three years and board members can serve for up to three consecutive terms.

Additional Expectations
Board members are expected to follow the organization’s bylaws, policies, and board resolutions.

Board members must sign an annual conflict-of-interest disclosure and update it during the year if necessary, as well as disclose potential conflicts before meetings and actual conflicts during meetings.

Board members will maintain confidentiality about all internal matters of Betties Bombers at all times.

Desired Skills and Expertise
These are some of the skills and expertise that the applicants should possess, though not all of them will apply to every position available:

  • Ability to understand and interrogate financial reports
  • Strategic planning skills
  • Risk management skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Management / project management
  • Event Planning
  • Ability to operate as part of a team
  • Experience with charity finance and fund accounting (for Treasurer role).
  • Fundraising (e.g.  from individuals, partnerships with business and/or civil society organizations, US funding and/or sales of goods and services).
  • Media and communications or PR, including social media.
  • Charity sector / charity law and regulation
  • Developing business models in organizations comparable to Betties Bombers
  • Current or Prior service in EMS, Fire, Police or Military preferred.
  • Experience in the gaming and/or mental health industries a plus.
  • Experience in mental health working as LCSW, Psychiatrist, Psychologist utilizing video games as part of treatment plan is preferred (for medical advisory role).
  • Experience with WordPress and e-commerce.

How To Apply
Please fill out this application in its entirety https://forms.gle/S6novGZhxPSW3j6s7 and send a copy of your resume to stephanie@bettiesbombers.org. We will review your submission and your resume and schedule a call for an interview with you as soon as possible.

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Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Throughout the month of May we will be posting on Twitter and Facebook a series of handpicked videos about mental health from our partner Psych Hub. Below are some important statistics about mental health that you should be aware of.

Mental Health

  • It is estimated that 1 in 5 adults in America experience mental illness
  • 1 in 5 children ages 13-18 have, or will have a serious mental illness
  • Serious mental illness costs America over $193.2 billion in lost earnings every year

Suicide

  • 90% of those who died by suicide had an underlying mental illness
  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for approximately one death every 12 minutes
  • Each day an estimated 18-22 veterans die by suicide

Global Impact of Behavioral Health

  • Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the global burden of disease
  • Critical Issues Faced by Multicultural Communities includes a lack of access to treatment, poor quality of care, high cost of care and higher levels of stigma
  • The best treatments for serious mental illnesses today are highly effective; between 70 and 90% of individuals have significant reduction of symptoms and improved quality of life with the right treatments and supports.

Each week we will feature different topics according to different subjects about mental health on our social channels. Our goal is to help people understand mental illness and to talk about it with their family and friends. We need to begin the conversation. Its time to erase the stigma associated with mental illness and to focus on mental wellness.

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If you’re thinking about suicide or worried about someone who might be, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to connect with a local crisis center. You can also text the Crisis Text Line by messaging 741741. Police officers can text the word BLUE. The Fire/EMS Helpline is 1-888-731-FIRE (3473)

BBN Sponsor Announcement: Psych Hub

In our efforts to provide best-in-class wellness resources to our community, we at Betties Bombers are proud to partner with Psych Hub, the trusted resource for mental health information. Through our Community Portal, you will be able to access engaging videos on evidence-based education on mental health, substance use and suicide prevention as well as important resources.

Betties Bombers supports the mission of Psych Hub to provide these tools as a part of our overall mission to educate and inform the gaming community about mental health.

We have curated a list of recommended videos on topics such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mental Health Basics
  • Opiods
  • Pain
  • PTSD
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicidality
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

We are excited to share these videos with you. To learn more, click here: https://www.psychhub.com/partners/betties-bombers

Our goal is to improve mental wellness within the gaming community by providing resources and a positive social outlet geared towards the First Responder and Veteran.

Join us in our campaign to educate and empower individuals, change the conversation and decrease stigma. #ImPsychEd

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