To Connect Community With Veterans In Need

We foster connections between veterans, their families, and a network of people, resources, programs, and providers in Cowlitz County. Our mission is to seamlessly bridge gaps when these resources may fall short.

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Who we are...

Hi, I am Rich Black, a United States Air Force Veteran and my wife, Rhonda, has always been an advocate to those in need.

I loved serving my country! It breaks my heart to see so many veterans in need. Some are in need of auto repairs, housing, or help at their homes, while others need emotional help or friendship.

My friend who is a veteran had to have surgery and was unable to work for a while. We wanted to help him but he felt uncomfortable. He humbly took a little help from us but it wasn’t nearly enough.

The thought occurred to me that if other veterans knew his situation they might also be inclined to help. Then I thought, if non-veterans knew that a veteran needed help, they may also be inclined to help. And if a group of strangers all pitched in a little money for my friend, he could get through his surgery much easier. I went home that night and I literally had a dream about this organization with vivid details including the acronym (Helping Every Veteran In Need) and the idea of lending an ear, a hand, or help for veterans in need.

This is not an awareness campaign! The needs of veterans are all over social media. We want to connect community with Veterans in need and make a real change!

Together we can Help Every Veteran In Need! You can help us truly say “Thank you” to a Veteran!

We verify discharge paper work and identification to ensure your help will go to a veteran in need. We are a 501(c3) IRS approved charity, so your donation is tax deductible.

We Help Vets In Need!

HEVIN’s goal is to foster connections between veterans, their families, and a network of people, resources, programs, and providers in Cowlitz County. Our mission is to seamlessly bridge gaps when these resources may fall short.

When a veteran reaches out to HEVIN, we verify they are a veteran with a copy of the DD-214. We present the need to our board and we assess how to help.  HEVIN utilizes social media, community contacts and other Veteran Organizations to assess who can help best and how.  Connecting community members who offer the service with the veteran is what we do to improve their quality of life…home and vehicle repairs, help with groceries and medications, connecting them with employment opportunities, all this and more. We meet the veteran where they are at. 

Our Missions


Last year HEVIN spent over $12,000 to help veterans with transportation needs such as new tires, engine repairs, car maintenance, gas, and insurance assistance. We also had 4 vehicles donated- 3 of which we were able give to veterans in need of a car.


Last year HEVIN spent over $8,000 on housing needs such as utility payments, deposit assistance, home repairs, and rental application fees. 


Last year with the help of many donated services and sponsors, HEVIN was able to have its 3rd annual Vetsgiving Dinner- an important social event to thank veterans in the community for the sacrifice they gave to our country. This year we hope to have many more social events where veterans can come together with the goal of creating awareness of other veterans in need. 

Other Organizations

Veterans Crisis Line
24/7, confidential crisis support for Veterans and their loved ones.
Call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or text 838255.

Crisis and Protection Programs

Adult Protective Services   360-501-2500

Child Protective Services  866-363-4276

Crime Victems Advocacy  360-703-3762

Emergency Support Shelter 360-425-1176

Long Term Care Ombudsman  360-694-9007

Bikers Against Child Abuse   1-866-71ABUSE 

Children’s Justice & Advocacy Center (CJAC) 360-353-3933

Veteran Service Centers in Cowlitz County

Cowlitz Veteran Service Center 360-200-4611

DAV- Disabled American Veterans 360-261-3558 or 360-261-3577

VFW Post 1045 360-577-6757

VFW Woodland 360-225-5854

VFW Kalama 360-673-2415

VFW Toutle 360-274-4351

American Legion Post 25 360-957-4967

American Legion Castle Rock 360-274-3389 or 360-274-8101


VIP- 360-423-0140 EXT 47 or 800-273-8255 and press 1

Cap Housing Programs  (360) 425-3430    

Community House    (360) 425-8679

Emergency Support Shelter (360) 425-1176

Housing Opportunities of SW Washington    (360) 423-0140

Kelso Housing Authority   (360) 423-3490

Kalama Housing Authority  (360) 423-3490

Love Overwhelming   (360) 749-8056

Love in the Name of Christ of Cowlitz County (Love INC) 360-232-8576

Furniture Needs and Donating Items

Love INC. – 360-232-8576 

Habitat for Humanity Restore – 360-636-6765

Goodwill – 360-425-7520


Helping Hands Ministry Thursdays from 9-2 2441 42nd ave Longview

Free gently worn clothing for adults and children-They also take donations. 


Columbia Wellness  360-423-0203

SeaMar Behavioral Health (Cowlitz)  360-261-7020

National Suicide Hotline  800-273-8255

Core Health  360-200-5419

Family Health Center  360-636-3892

More Resources

Consumer Credit Counseling  800-254-4100

CAP Financial Independence  360-425-3430   x284

Keslo CSO (DSHS)                    877-501-2233

Child Support Enforcement    800-345-9984

Social Security & SSI                800-772-1213


For food call Monday through Friday 9:00 AM to Noon.  For non-food items call Monday through Friday 1:00-4:00 PM.  The number is (360) 636-1100.



Located at 1639 10th Ave in Longview, the Salvation Army offers lunches to go via curb-side pickup at their double doors that open on the alley, Monday through Friday, 11:45-12:45.  They also have a food bank that is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 at the alley access.  People can receive food from the food bank up to 6 times a year with 30 days in-between.  They focus primarily on Kelso/Longview, but no one in need will be turned away as long as they have some way they can help.  You can call them for further information at (360) 423-3990.



The St. Vincent de Paul Society at 1222 Baltimore St, Longview, WA 98632 offers a drive-through food bank on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 AM, distributing groceries to those in need.  Recipients can receive this service twice a month.  A photo ID is required.  They are ready to help anybody who needs food.  They serve an average of 50,000 people a year.  For more information call (360) 577-0662.



Highlands Baptist Church at 317 20th Ave in Longview has a food bank that is open the last Thursday of the month from 1:00-3:00.  They are able to offer milk through help Fred Meyer. Food is picked on the porch of their building. Call for more information (360) 425-1960.



Faith Center Church at 1209 Minor Road in Kelso has had a food bank at their location for years they serve an average of 300 families a week in Cowlitz County. Each family takes home between 25-50 lbs of food a week. Last year they distributed 248,000 lbs of food.  Due to Corona virus precautions their food bank schedule has changed.  Call (360) 577-0620 for more information. 

Cowlitz  Worksource  360-577-2250

Lower Columbia College                    360-442-2311

Goodwill Work Opportunities           360-501-8340

CAP Grounds for Opportunity           360-703-3020

American Workforce Group               360-200-4900

ARC of Cowlitz County  360-425-5494

DSHS- Developmental Disabilities Services  360-501-2520

Progress Center  360-425-9810

Vocational Rehabilitation  360-501-2499

LifeWorks   360-577-9093

Another Option Residential Services  360-423-1509  x105

Another Option Disability Employment   360-423-1509  x117

Alcohol and Drug Help Line  866-789-1511

Family Health Center Outpatient  360-425-9210

Alcoholics Anonymous 360-423-2520

Narcotics Anonymous  360-703-0120

Safehaven   360-577-4340

Awakenings  360-423-2806

First Place (Columbia Wellness)  360-577-7442

Cowlitz Tribal Treatment  360-575-3316

PCAP (Family Health Center)  360-353-3444

Tobacco Quit Line  800-Quitnow

Crisis Line (24 hours)   800-803-8833

Longview Police Department Non Emergency Line 360-442-5800

Kelso Police Department Non Emergency Line 360-423-1270

Kalama Police Department Non Emergency Line  360-673-2165

Police Department Non Emergency Line  360-274-4711

Cowlitz PUD     360-423-2210

CAP Weatherization  & Energy Assistance  360-425-3430  x231

Cascade Natural Gas  888-522-1130

DAV local rides360-261-3558 or 360-261-3577

DAV ride to VA503-721-7804

CAP Senior Transportation  360-200-4911

River Cities Transit  360-442-5663

River Cities Lift  360-442-5667

CAP Rural Mobility & volunteer   360-425-3430   x236

Catholic Community Services 360-577-2200

Cowlitz Tribe  360-232-8585

Medicaid Transportation  800-752-9442

Longview Senior Center  360-636-0210

Kelso Senior Center  360-232-8522

Long Term Care  360-200-5070

Senior Community Lunches 360-425-3430  x259

Meals on Wheels  360-425-3430  x259

Senior Information & Assistance   360-577-4929

Long Term Care Ombudsman  360-694-9007

Childcare Resource  800-446-1114

Parents Place  360-414-9212

Children and Family Services  (DSHS)  877-501-2233

WIC Material Services Family Health Center Longview 360-423-7740 Woodland 360-225-3953

Head Start/ ECEAP  360-442-2800

Nurse Family Partnership  360-414-5599  x6424

Sow-Wah Legal Aid 360-425-2579

court appointed special advocates CLEAR Hotline 888-201-1014

CLEAR Senior Hotline  888-387-7111

Cowlitz County Prosecuter 360-577-3080

Human Rights Commission 800-233-3247

Recent Events

Upcoming Events

24 Des

Skydive For Charity

25 Des
One-Day Online Fundraiser
30 Des
Donation Match Drive
12 Jan
Skydive For Charity

Our team & staff

We share the same vision, which is to help veterans in need in Cowlitz County.
Rich Black
Rhonda Black
Rachel J. Cox
Executive Assistant

VetsGiving Dinner

November 20th, 2021

What People Say About Hevin

I am a disabled Veteran living in subsidized housing, through the VASH program provided by the VA. I am low income and had some serious car problems. My case worker referred me to HEVIN to try and get some assistance. The folks there helped me figure out what the problem was and get it fixed. Without their help, I would have no way to get to appointments, grocery store, ect…..I am so grateful for their help, without it, there would be some serious problems.
Todd L
God meets every need. He goes above and beyond! He’s allowed amazing things to happen for our family, it’s so incredible! We have been GIVEN a 2008 Honda Odyssey by a donor. Thanks to Rich Rhonda Black for following the Holy Spirit and creating a community of help for veterans in need through their non-profit organization HEVIN. What a blessing you are!!!​
Lindsey T.
I am a disabled Vet who was in need of something to sleep on. After talking with Rhonda, I had a brand new futon given to me within a days. Hevin4vets rocks! I couldn’t have made without them.
Frank K.

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