First Responders Children’s Foundation and CSX Pride in Service Partner with Saugerties Police to Bring the Lights On! Program to Mid-Hudson Communities

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First Responders Children’s Foundation and CSX Pride in Service Partner with Saugerties Police to Bring the Lights On! Program to Mid-Hudson Communities

Innovative, Community-Driven Program Supports Law Enforcement and Auto Service Providers to Replace Tickets with Repair Vouchers at No Cost

SAUGERTIES (May 26, 2021) – First Responders Children’s Foundation, in coordination with CSX, will provide financial support for The Saugerties Police Department as they implement the Lights On! program in the Mid-Hudson Valley.

Lights On! is a nationwide program that encourages law enforcement agencies to issue repair vouchers—instead of tickets—when motorists are stopped for minor mechanical violations. The mission of Lights On! is to heal relationships between communities and law enforcement agencies. The program is community funded, making the financial support of First Responders Children’s Foundation and CSX Pride in Service critical to its success.

“As a Foundation, we strive to create strong relationships with first responder agencies and the broader community. Lights On! is a perfect example of these relationships,” said Jillian Crane, President of the First Responders Children’s Foundation. “Law Enforcement Officers understand that many individuals have to choose between putting food on the table or paying a ticket. Instead of ticketing people for trying to do the best they can, First Responders Children’s Foundation, the Police Department of Ulster County and Sawyer car dealership want to create positive relationships and trust between the police and community. Giving a coupon to fix a taillight instead of a ticket is one small way that police can say that we care about you and we understand.”

The program’s mission is two-fold: giving struggling motorists a break and improving relationships between communities and the police.

“The Lights On! program is for those who may not be able to afford repairing a vehicle,” says Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra. “Especially now, with the added financial problems brought about by COVID-19, a citation for these minor offenses can lead to further financial strain, and to additional confrontations with law enforcement.”

Sinagra said once the program gets going, his officers will have the discretion during routine stops to issue vouchers instead of citations for the mechanical violations.

“Instead of punishing drivers for broken lights, we can fix the mechanical issue and mitigate what often becomes a downward spiral for community members in need,” says Don Samuels, CEO and founder of Lights On!. “We are giving officers a new tool on their duty belt that creates a positive interaction, especially needed in these tense times.”

To learn more about how to support Lights On! visit 1stRCF.org.

Media Contact:
Joanna Black
Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships
Joanna@1stRCF.org
(646) 912-2681

About First Responders Children’s Foundation

For the past 20 years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been providing college scholarships to children of first responders who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports programs operated by law enforcement organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community in which they live. The Foundation’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade breakfast hosts children and family members of those lost in the line of duty for a free breakfast and front-row view of the Parade so those families can gather and heal during what might otherwise be a stressful holiday. More information can be found at www.1stRCF.org. Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1stRCF.

About CSX

CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural and consumer products. For nearly 200 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation’s economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides. It also links more than 230 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (https://facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/CSX).

About Lights On!

Lights On! is a community-driven program which offers repair vouchers instead of traffic tickets for participating law enforcement agencies and communities they serve. The program was founded after the unnecessary death of Philando Castile in 2016 as a solution to a small problem that has a significant community impact. Officers can provide drivers with Lights On! vouchers redeemable for free repairs of broken lights at partnered auto shops. The vouchers reduce the financial burden that could lead to a potential downward spiral for community members in need as well as creates a positive interaction between drivers and officers, to rebuild trust. Lights On! was created by Don Samuels, CEO of MicroGrants, a non-profit dedicated to providing people of potential with grants that spur economic stability by bridging the gap between their current state and a more successful future. For more information, visit LightsOnUS.org and follow Lights On! on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES MENTAL & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROGRAM FOR FIRST RESPONDERS & THEIR FAMILIES

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FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES MENTAL & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROGRAM FOR FIRST RESPONDERS & THEIR FAMILIES
SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED TO FDNY FOUNDATION, NYC POLICE FOUNDATION & OTHER AGENCIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY THROUGH FRIENDS OF FIREFIGHTERS & 911 AT EASE INTERNATIONAL

New York, NY (May 12th, 2021) – Today, First Responders Children’s Foundation announced a commitment to the mental health and well-being of America’s first responders and their families with the launch of a Mental & Behavioral Health Program in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month, the pandemic recovery, and the 20-year commemoration of 9/11.

The announcement was made at The FDNY Fire Zone and in attendance were representatives from first responder agencies, Foundations and non-profits including;

Daniel Nigro, FDNY Commissioner
David Shmerler, Director of Counseling Service Unit at FDNY
Kenneth Quick, NYPD Deputy Inspector, Commanding Officer of the Office of Deputy Commis-
sioner, Employee Relations
Alfred R. Kahn, Founder & Chairman, First Responders Children’s Foundation
Jillian Crane, President, First Responders Children’s Foundation
Scott Perrin, Executive Director, First Responders Children’s Foundation
Susan L. Birnbaum, President & CEO, NYC Police Foundation
Stephen L. Ruzow, Chairman, FDNY Foundation
Jean O’Shea, Executive Director, FDNY Foundation
Nancy Carbone, Executive Director, Friends of Firefighters

In 2020 the First Responders Children’s Foundation helped 232,000 first responder families through its many programs and distributed $1.5 million in support of mental health. At today’s press conference Jillian Crane, President of First Responders Children’s Foundation, an nounced the launch of the Mental & Behavioral Health Program by awarding $100,000 to first responder programs, including:

  • FDNY Foundation: Peer-to-peer counseling, especially for EMTs
  • NYC Police Foundation: The build-out of the NYPD yoga studio and a new Health and Wellness Welcome Center
  • Friends of Firefighters: Clinical and wellness support to firefighter families
  • 911 At Ease International: Trauma-informed counseling for first responders in California, Idaho, Minnesota and the Navajo Nation

First responders are taxed like never before—they are suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety, hopelessness and stress. The rates of PTSD and depression within police agencies are five times higher than that of the civilian population. The PTSD rate for firefighters and EMTs is twice as high as that of the civilian population. The CDC has reported that first responders may be at an elevated risk for suicide because of the environments in which they work, their culture, and both occupational and personal stress. Law enforcement officers and firefighters are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty and EMS providers are 1.39 times more likely to die by suicide than the public. Bluehelp.org reports that this year alone, 57 officers have been lost to suicide.

“For the past year and a half, under the most anxiety-provoking and life-threatening circumstances, first responders including EMTs, paramedics, firefighters, police, nurses and medical personnel have been putting their lives on the line for the communities they serve,” said Jillian Crane, President of First Responders Children’s Foundation. “The mental health and well-being of these courageous individuals and their children is a focus for us at First Responders Children’s Foundation.”

There is a critical need for more mental health support specific to the needs of first responder professions. Now more than ever during COVID and leading up to the 20th Anniversary of 9/11— first responders and their families need to have access to mental and behavioral health programs and initiatives, including resources that address the shame and stigma of receiving services.

“Last year was painful for everyone and for our members they responded to more calls per day than ever before during the worst moments of this pandemic. They have had to break the bad news to so many families that their loved ones had died and they did that difficult, brave and noble work while concerned for their own help and the health of their families,” said FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “To have First Responders Children’s Foundation stepping up to helping our members and helping expand services is just a wonderful act of generosity. On behalf of all of us, thank you to First Responders Children’s Foundation.”

The First Responders Children’s Foundation Mental & Behavioral Health Program represents a commitment to support agencies and organizations that provide much-needed support to first responder families. The Foundation will also provide grants on a case-by-case basis to first responders and their children needing mental health services they otherwise could not afford.

First Responders Children’s Foundation is inviting individuals and companies to donate and help raise the $500,000 needed to continue to support these programs.

Donations can be made by visiting 1stRCF.org.

Press Conference
L to R: Stephen Ruzow, Jean O’Shea, Nancy Carbone, Jillian Crane, Susan Birnbaum, Daniel Nigro (behind Susan), Kenneth Quick, David Shmerler, Al Kahn
Jillian Crane
Jillian Crane
Al Kahn
Al Kahn
L to R: Natalie Riegel, Joanna Black, Jillian Crane, FDNY Jean O'Shea, Friends of Firefighters Nancy Carbone, Scott Perrin
L to R: Natalie Riegel, Joanna Black, Jillian Crane, FDNY Jean O'Shea, Friends of Firefighters Nancy Carbone, Scott Perrin
Child and Firetruck
Child and Firetruck

Media Contact:
Joanna Black
Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships
Joanna@1stRCF.org
(646) 912-2681

About First Responders Children’s Foundation

For 20 years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been awarding college scholarships to the children of first responder parents who have been injured or lost in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports educational activities and programs created by first responder organizations to benefit children or the communities in which they live.

The First Responders Children’s Foundation Emergency Response Fund provides financial hardship grants, PPE, and hotel accommodations to first responders on the front lines of the pandemic. The Foundation also pays for funerals of first responders who have made the ultimate sacrifice. More information about First Responders Children’s Foundation is available at www.1stRCF.org. Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1stRCF.

THE FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION TOY EXPRESS WILL DELIVER FREE TOYS & MASKS TO FIRST RESPONDER FAMILIES AND FIRST RESPONDER AGENCIES NATIONWIDE

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THE FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION TOY EXPRESS WILL DELIVER FREE TOYS & MASKS TO FIRST RESPONDER FAMILIES AND FIRST RESPONDER AGENCIES NATIONWIDE

NEW YORK, NY (November 16, 2020) – Today is the official launch of the First Responders Children’s Foundation Toy Express, a program that will help spread joy to children across the country during the 2020 holiday season.

First Responders Children’s Foundation’s Toy Express will deliver more than 250,000 free toys and masks to first responder agencies and hospitals which will then distribute the holiday cheer to children of first responders and to children in first responder communities.  Every child will also receive a mask with their toy.

“We’re saying happy holidays and thank you to the heroic first responders who show up when we dial 911,” said Jillian Crane, President of First Responders Children’s Foundation.  “Toy Express will help make a happy holiday for the children of our first responders which include nurses, firefighters, police officers, EMTs, paramedics, medical personnel, and 911 dispatchers.  Our first responders are on the frontlines of the pandemic, and they continue to risk their own health every day in selfless service to their local communities across the country.  So, please help us help them.  You can send toys & masks at 1stRCF.org or by texting TOY to 24-365.”

First Responders Children’s Foundation established the Toy Express with a generous toy donation worth more than $1,000,000 in retail value from Mattel and American Girl including 5,000 signature 18” American Girl dolls and more than 45,000 in other Mattel products such as Hot Wheels®, Barbie® and Mega Bloks®. Additional sponsors include CSX, Good360, Hess Toy Truck, Jakks Pacific, MaskUSA.com, and Toys for Tots.  In addition, generous individuals across the nation are helping bring holiday cheer to first responder families by making donations of toys and money. Transportation of toys and masks across the country is coordinated and provided by Total Quality Logistics (TQL) and their Moves that Matter program.

First Responders Children’s Foundation began in the wake of 9/11 when Founder and Chairman, Alfred R. Kahn, hosted the first annual Thanksgiving Day Parade Breakfast just weeks after the 9/11 attacks.  That year, more than 800 children and family members of first responders lost in the line of duty were invited to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade from private, front-row viewing which began an annual tradition of welcoming devastated first responder families into a supportive environment to face the challenges of the start of a holiday season without a loved one.  19 years later, the Foundation continues to support the families of first responders across the country with critical assistance including college scholarships and financial grants including paying for funeral bills of first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their community.  During the 2020 pandemic, the Foundation has assisted more than 677,638 first responders through its Emergency Response Fund.  This holiday season, First Responders Children’s Foundation’s Toy Express will help provide cheer and happiness to children and families of first responders. Media assets for Toy Express can be found at https://1strcf.org/toy-express/.

Media Contact: First Responders Children’s Foundation
Joanna Black
+1 (646) 912-2681
Joanna@1stRCF.org

About First Responders Children’s Foundation

For almost 20 years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been providing college scholarships to the children of first responder parents who have been injured or lost in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports, promotes, and facilitates educational activities and programs created and operated by first responder organizations to benefit children or the communities in which they live. The First Responders Children’s Foundation Emergency Response Fund was established in March, 2020 to provide financial hardship grants, PPE, and hotel accommodations to first responders on the front lines of the pandemic. The Foundation also pays for funerals of first responders who have made the ultimate sacrifice. More information about First Responders Children’s Foundation is available at www.1stRCF.org.  Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram @1stRCF.

FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION PAYS TRIBUTE TO FIRST RESPONDERS ON NATIONAL FIRST RESPONDERS DAY

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FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION PAYS TRIBUTE TO FIRST RESPONDERS ON NATIONAL FIRST RESPONDERS DAY

Messages from Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City first responder officials. A PSA released by Alan Jackson and Caylee Hammock in honor of first responders. A special Citation awarded by State of New York to the Foundation.

NEW YORK, NY (October 28, 2019) – Today, First Responders Children’s Foundation paid tribute to the nation’s first responders on National First Responders Day at America’s Response Monument at Liberty Park in New York.   A letter from Governor Andrew Cuomo was read to the audience, and messages of thanks to first responders across America were shared by first responder officials including FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro; NYPD Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison; Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Deputy Superintendent Louis Klock, and New York City Health & Hospitals Chief Nurse Executive Natalia Cineas.

 Jillian Crane, President of First Responders Children’s Foundation thanked first responders and read a letter addressed to first responders scribed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.

Its a pleasure to send greetings to all gathered in celebration of National First Responders Day hosted by First Responders Childrens Foundation.

This is an important day–one that aptly honors the brave men and women who put other lives ahead of their own when they step out onto the frontlines. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I am proud to offer my profound gratitude to these heroic first responders for their noble service and sacrifice. From our paramedics, EMTs, firefighters, and police officers, to our 911 dispatchers and medical personnel, we are blessed with extraordinarily courageous individuals, committed to protecting others despite risks to their own health and safety. In todays unprecedented times, their dedication has not wavered, and we are forever indebted.

Thank you to First Responders Childrens Foundation for providing us all with the opportunity to pay tribute to our brave and selfless first responders. I commend all affiliated with the Foundation for your dedication to providing support to these men and women and their families through tragic circumstances and extend best wishes for a wonderful celebration.

With gratitude. Sincerely, Andrew M. Cuomo”

First Responder Children’s Foundation Hero Awards were presented to several first responders who accepted the awards on behalf of all first responders across America. The Foundation’s “Roll Call of Heroes” included Detective Gloria Felix, Firefighter Kinga Mielnik, Paramedic Lieutenant Esmerelda Pepper-Gonzalez, Doctor Tanzib Hossain, Registered Nurse Geraldine Canlas and Patient Care Technician Ramona Torres. 

The goal of the Foundation is to make National First Responders Day a prominent national holiday across the country, and a special Citation was issued by Governor Cuomo on behalf of the State of New York to the First Responders Children’s Foundation in honor of its commitment to first responders during tragic circumstances and unprecedented challenges.

First Responders Children’s Foundation also launched a PSA to honor first responders. The Foundation worked closely with Universal Music Group Nashville to integrate a timely rendition of the classic Don Williams song “Lord, I Hope This Day is Good” by Caylee Hammack and Alan Jackson with vivid images of hardworking first responder heroes—firefighters, police officers, paramedics, EMTs, doctors, nurses, coast guard, 911 dispatchers—who faithfully answer the call to every emergency, and are always ready to help others. The PSA is available for download here

Video recordings and photographs of The First Responders Children’s Foundation National First Responders Day Tribute can be found here. A recording of the livestream can be found here.

For almost twenty years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has provided scholarships to children of first responders who have been injured or lost in the line of duty.  The Foundation also provides emergency grants to first responder families facing financial hardship and community grants to first responder agencies.  In response to COVID-19, the Foundation launched the Emergency Response Fund.  Over the past seven months, the Foundation has supported and continues to offer assistance to first responders nationwide in several ways, including:

  • Funding 12,946 hotel room nights and meal stipends so first responders don’t have to risk infecting their families and / or can self-quarantine.
  • Awarding $8.6 million in grants to 8,646 first responders in all 50 states who have experienced financial hardship due to COVID-19.
  • Distributing 656,000 FDA-certified, surgical-grade masks and additional PPE to first responder agencies.
  • Paying for 109 funerals of first responders who died from COVID-19.

First Responders Children’s Foundation continues to respond to first responders’ needs across the country and is currently fundraising to pay for 63 first responder COVID-related funerals and over 8,000 requests for emergency financial assistance from first responders

Media Contact: First Responders Children’s Foundation
Joanna Black
+1 (646) 912-2681
Joanna@1stRCF.org

About First Responders Children’s Foundation

For almost 20 years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been providing college scholarships to the children of first responder parents who have been injured or lost in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports, promotes, and facilitates educational activities and programs created and operated by first responder organizations to benefit children or the communities in which they live. The First Responders Children’s Foundation Emergency Response Fund was established in March, 2020 to provide financial hardship grants, PPE, and hotel accommodations to first responders on the front lines of the pandemic. The Foundation also pays for funerals of first responders who have made the ultimate sacrifice. More information about First Responders Children’s Foundation is available at www.1stRCF.org.  Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram @1stRCF.

FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES CSX PRIDE IN SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

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FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES CSX PRIDE IN SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

The Foundation awards 94 scholarships to youth from across the country to pursue post-secondary education

NEW YORK, NY (October 8, 2020) – Today, First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF), a nonprofit organization that supports children of first responders and their families, and CSX, a premier transportation company, announce the CSX Pride in Service Scholarship recipients for the 2020/2021 academic year.

There are a total of 94 new and returning scholars residing in CSX’s 23-state operational network. The CSX Pride in Service Scholarships have been awarded to children of first responders, many of whom have been killed or injured in the line of duty. Each scholar is awarded up to $6,250 for a single academic year. Awards are based on financial need as well as academic merit, demonstrated leadership, outstanding performance in the arts or sports and community volunteerism. Recipients are encouraged to reapply annually for a maximum of four years.

“On behalf of First Responders Children’s Foundation, I would like to congratulate all of the CSX Pride in Service scholars for pursuing a college education,” said Jillian Crane, President of First Responders Children’s Foundation. “These young people are the future of our country and we are proud of their passion, resilience and commitment to attaining a degree during these challenging times.”

Upon hearing the news of their award, a number of recipients have reached out to First Responders Children’s Foundation with heartfelt notes of gratitude. Madison Harris, a recipient attending University of Virginia, Class of 2025, wrote:

“Thank you, First Responders Children’s Foundation as well as CSX for awarding me $2,500 for the CSX Pride in Service Scholarship! I am very honored and appreciative to have been selected. I will continue pushing myself to keep up my grades, give back to the community and do my best to make a difference!”

Thomas Caputo recorded a video message to express his thoughts on winning the scholarship. Thomas comes from a long lineage of first responders, including his grandfather and uncle, both of whom passed on 9/11. In addition, his father is suffering from a 9/11-related illness. In his message, Thomas shares how his choice to pursue nursing at Villanova University was shaped by his family’s commitment to service and the ultimate sacrifices his family made on that fateful day.

The CSX Pride in Service scholars come from diverse backgrounds and are pursuing a range of academic disciplines including accounting, economics, engineering, finance, history, illustration, marketing, nursing, theology and wildlife conservation.

“Congratulations to all CSX Pride in Service Scholarship recipients,” said Bryan Tucker, vice president of corporate communications at CSX. “When we launched CSX Pride in Service two years ago, we set out to provide critical financial assistance to first responders and their families, including support for their children’s academic pursuits. We are proud to have a hand in helping 94 additional children of first responders pursue their dreams this year.”

FRCF is accepting scholarship applications on a rolling basis. Children of first responders who are attending or plan to attend a post-secondary institution can learn more and apply at www.1strcf.org.

Media Contact: First Responders Children’s Foundation
Joanna Black
+1 (646) 912-2681
Joanna@1stRCF.org

CSX Media Relations
+1 (855) 955-6397
mediateam@csx.com

About First Responders Children’s Foundation
For almost 20 years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been providing college scholarships to the children of first responder parents who have been injured or lost in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports, promotes, and facilitates educational activities and programs created and operated by first responder organizations to benefit children or the communities in which they live. The First Responders Children’s Foundation Emergency Response Fund was established in March, 2020 to provide financial hardship grants, PPE, and hotel accommodations to first responders on the front lines of the pandemic. The Foundation also pays for funerals of first responders who have made the ultimate sacrifice. More information about First Responders Children’s Foundation is available at www.1stRCF.org. Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram @1stRCF.

About CSX
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural and consumer products. For nearly 200 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation’s economic expansion and industrial development.  Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides.  It also links more than 230 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike. For more information, visit csx.com.

$1 MILLION FROM CISCO SYSTEMS TO SUPPORT FINANCIAL GRANTS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS ON THE FRONT LINES

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FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION  RECEIVES $1 MILLION FROM CISCO SYSTEMS TO SUPPORT FINANCIAL GRANTS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS ON THE FRONT LINES

Cisco responds to the Foundation’s appeal to support first responders during the crisis with financial hardship grants and scholarships

NEW YORK, N.Y. – April 30, 2020 – First Responders Children’s Foundation announced today that Cisco Systems has made a donation of $1 million to the Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund.  Cisco Systems answered a recent appeal to industry leaders by the Foundation to “Give More Grants” to first responders on the front lines of the pandemic. The Gift will support first responders experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic through grants to first responders and public safety agencies across the country and college scholarships for children of first responders who have passed away as a result of COVID-19. In response to the pandemic, First Responders Children’s Foundation has

  • Funded more than 11,000 hotel room nights so first responders don’t have to go home and infect their families or can self-quarantine.
  • Awarded more than $1 million in immediate grants to hundreds of first responders with financial hardship due to COVID-19.
  • Distributed more than 100,000 FDA certified, surgical grade masks to first responders without disrupting the supply chain of N95 masks for hospitals.
  • Paid for funerals of first responders who have died from COVID-19.
  • Continues a 19 year mission funding college scholarships benefiting worthy children with first responder parents who have been killed or injured in the line of duty.

The Foundation defines first responders as emergency medical technicians, firefighters, paramedics, police officers, and employees supporting first responders such as 911 dispatchers. Also eligible are medical personnel treating COVID-19 patients. Applicants complete a simple application on the Foundation’s website, 1stRCF.org.  

In keeping with First Responders Children’s Foundation’s mission to provide college scholarships, the Foundation will award scholarships to children of first responder parents who have died from COVID-19. For nearly 20 years, the Foundation has provided college scholarships to children of first responder parents who have been killed or permanently injured in the line of duty. The Foundation will continue to be there for the children of first responders who make the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As COVID-19 continues to infect communities across the nation, the need for grants within the first responder community continues to grow, and the Foundation has set a fundraising goal of $200 million to meet the projected needs of first responders. In response to the growing need, the Foundation asked companies in every industry including apparel, entertainment, food and beverage, insurance, licensing, pharmaceutical, technology, transportation, and others to support the Emergency Response Fund to help “Give More Grants” to first responders.

Cisco Systems, has 35 years of history supporting communities and recognizes the impact that First Responders Children’s Foundation is having on the lives of first responders during the crisis. The Foundation hopes that other industry leaders, especially those in the technology sector, will feel inspired and also donate to help the Foundation give more grants to our heroes on the front lines and their families.

“For more than two decades, Cisco Systems has provided critical support for first responders and their families,” said Jillian Crane, President of First Responders Children’s Foundation. “During this once-in-a-lifetime pandemic crisis, Chuck Robbins, Dan Stevens, and the entire Cisco family have answered the call and are true national and global heroes of the rescue effort just as they were after September 11th, 2001. There is no doubt that first responders and their families can count on Cisco. Thank you, Cisco, for all you do for First Responders Children’s Foundation and for the world.”

In recent weeks, First Responders Children’s Foundation was a charity partner of the “Fox Presents iHeart Living Room Concert for America” and the “One World: Together at Home” concerts paying tribute to first responders on the front lines of the pandemic with performances from Billie Eilish, Celine Dion, Chris Martin, Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, John Legend, Lizzo, The Rolling Stones, and others.

The Foundation’s #FirstRespondersStrong social media campaign is celebrating the resiliency and strength of first responders, encouraging first responders to post videos from the front lines, and asking civilians to share messages of appreciation. The Foundation released two PSAs thanking first responders and raising awareness about how they protect our communities. The PSAs feature the songs “Underdog” by Alicia Keys and “Rainbow” by Kacey Musgraves, and the artists performed both songs during the benefit concerts. The singer-songwriters have donated permission to use their music in support of first responders. PSAs can be found at www.1stRCF.org or click here to watch “Rainbow” and here to watch “Underdog”.

 

Grant applications are being accepted online by visiting: 1stRCF.org.

Media Contact:
 First Responders Children’s Foundation

Joanna Black   
+1 (646) 912-2681


Joanna@1stRCF.org

About First Responders Children’s Foundation

For the past 20 years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been providing college scholarships to children of first responders who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports programs operated by law enforcement organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community in which they live. The Foundation’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade breakfast hosts children and family members of those lost in the line of duty for a free breakfast and front-row view of the Parade so those families can gather and heal during what might otherwise be a stressful holiday. More information can be found at www.1strcf.org. Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1strcf.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS, TEMPORARY HOUSING FOR FIRST RESPONDERS ON THE FRONT LINES OF COVID-19

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FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS, TEMPORARY HOUSING FOR FIRST RESPONDERS ON THE FRONT LINES OF COVID-19 AND SCHOLARSHIPS FOR THE CHILDREN LEFT BEHIND

The Foundation is raising a minimum of $200 million to support first responders with immediate financial support as they battle the pandemic

NEW YORK, N.Y. – April 13, 2020 – First Responders Children’s Foundation announced today that the Emergency Response Fund would award grants to first responders experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Foundation will also fund temporary housing and need-based grants to first responders and public safety agencies across the country. College scholarships for children of first responders who have passed away as a result of COVID-19 are also available.

To be eligible to receive a grant or scholarship from the Emergency Response Fund, the Foundation has defined first responders as emergency medical technicians, firefighters, paramedics, police officers and employees supporting first responders such as 911 dispatchers. Also eligible are medical personnel treating COVID-19 patients.

To address the immediate needs of first responders on the front lines, the Foundation awarded a grant to the FDNY Foundation to provide temporary housing for FDNY EMS personnel and firefighters. Like many first responders across the country, they are gravely concerned about spreading COVID-19 to their vulnerable family members, including elderly parents, children with special needs and immunosuppressed partners. Through a generous donation from Ryan Seacrest, the First Responders Children’s Foundation Emergency Response Fund will provide 200 hotel rooms and corporate style apartment housing in New York City for the next six weeks. The Foundation expects to receive similar requests from first responder agencies across the country as the need grows, and the Foundation is actively working with public safety agencies across the nation to convey the availability of grants through the Fund.

“The First Responders Children’s Foundation Emergency Response Fund will make an immediate impact in the lives of our EMTs, Paramedics, and Firefighters who are on the front lines of this pandemic by providing important funding to secure temporary housing for them through our FDNY Foundation COVID-19 Fund,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro. “On behalf of the FDNY and FDNY Foundation – and the brave men and women of the FDNY – we thank First Responders Children’s Foundation for their tremendous support.”

Jean O’Shea, Executive Director of the FDNY Foundation, acknowledged the support stating, “The FDNY Foundation is so grateful to the First Responders Children’s Foundation for this grant. Our FDNY members are on the front lines fighting this pandemic, and we are committed to supporting them.”

In keeping with First Responders Children’s Foundation’s mission to provide college scholarships, the Foundation will award scholarships to children of first responder parents who have died from COVID-19. For nearly 20 years, the Foundation has provided college scholarships to children of first responder parents who have been killed or permanently injured in the line of duty. The Foundation will continue to be there for the children of first responders who make the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Emergency Response Fund was established through the support of CSX and the company’s Pride in Service initiative, a commitment to support the nation’s military, veterans, and first responders. The “iHeart Living Room Concert for America” presented and televised by FOX raised money and awareness for the Foundation and encouraged generous donations from individuals and companies.

The Foundation recognizes and thanks industry leaders, including Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, E&J Gallo, Fox, iHeart Radio, PricewaterhouseCoopers, P&G, and The Rite Aid Foundation. Artists and talent who were pivotal in sharing the message of the Foundation to the world include Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Ben Falcone, Billie Eilish and Finneas, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Ciara and Russell Wilson, Dave Grohl, Demi Lovato, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes, Ellen DeGeneres, Elton John, H.E.R., Ken Jeong, Lady Gaga, Lizzo, Mariah Carey, Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, Ryan Seacrest, Sam Smith and Tim McGraw.

As COVID-19 continues to infiltrate communities across the nation, the Foundation expects to see an even greater need for grants within the first responder community. The Foundation will need to raise a minimum of $200 million to support the projected needs of first responders. The Foundation is appealing to individuals across the country to donate by pledging to help a first responder during the pandemic. There are several opportunities available for companies to support the Foundation, including a one-time donation, employee matching programs, and give-back initiatives.
“First Responders Children’s Foundation would like to thank all the people and companies that have supported the Foundation and donated to the Emergency Response Fund,” said Jillian Crane, President of First Responders Children’s Foundation. “We have experienced genuine caring and generosity from people across this country as we come together to help first responders in a time when they need us most.”
First responders can apply for grants by completing a simple, four-question application on the Foundation’s website, 1stRCF.org, and applications will be reviewed expeditiously. Grant applications are also available on the Foundation’s website for first responder agencies that require financial support for COVID-19 related emergency response.

#FirstRespondersStrong is a social media campaign celebrating the resiliency and strength of first responders, encouraging first responders to post videos from the front lines, and asking civilians to share messages of appreciation.
Grant applications are being accepted online by visiting: 1stRCF.org

Media Contact:
 First Responders Children’s Foundation

Joanna Black   
+1 (646) 912-2681


Joanna@1stRCF.org

About First Responders Children’s Foundation

For the past 20 years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been providing college scholarships to children of first responders who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports programs operated by law enforcement organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community in which they live. The Foundation’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade breakfast hosts children and family members of those lost in the line of duty for a free breakfast and front-row view of the Parade so those families can gather and heal during what might otherwise be a stressful holiday. More information can be found at www.1strcf.org. Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1strcf.

FOX Presents the iHeart Living Room Concert For America

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“FOX PRESENTS THE IHEART LIVING ROOM CONCERT FOR AMERICA,” TO BENEFIT FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION

The One-Hour, Commercial-Free Special Will Be Hosted By Elton John With Performances by Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong, Camila Cabello, Dave Grohl, H.E.R., Mariah Carey, Sam Smith, Tim McGraw With Feature Guest Appearance From Ciara, Demi Lovato, Lizzo, Russell Wilson and More

NEW YORK, N.Y. – March 27, 2020 – First Responders Children’s Foundation announced today that it has been selected as a recipient of donations made during “FOX PRESENTS THE IHEART LIVING ROOM CONCERT FOR AMERICA,” a music event presented by iHeartMedia and FOX which will pay tribute to front line first responders of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Donations from viewers and listeners will be contributed to First Responders Children’s Foundation’s #FirstRespondersStrong Emergency Response Fund, which was established through the support of CSX’s Pride in Service initiative, a year-round commitment to support the nation’s military, veterans and first responders.

The event, taking place this Sunday, March 29 in lieu of the iHeartRadioMusic Awards, will provide entertainment relief and support for Americans who help fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to celebrate the resilience and strength of the nation during this pandemic. Performing from their own homes, artists will be filmed with their personal cell phones, cameras and audio equipment, to ensure the health and safety of all involved.

In addition to featuring unforgettable performances, the hour-long concert will recognize the front line health professionals, first responders and local heroes who are putting their lives in harm’s way to help their neighbors and fight the spread of the virus. The benefit will encourage viewers to support First Responders Children’s Foundation and the Foundation’s #FirstRespondersStrong campaign to thank first responders and support the Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund with 100% of proceeds providing financial aid to first responders.

The concert will air Sunday, March 29 from 9-10 PM ET / 6-7 PM PT on FOX — and on iHeartMedia radio stations nationwide as well as via the iHeartRadio app.

The benefit special will be broadcast commercial-free. To extend the reach of the commercial-free special’s charitable component, FOX will offer the event across all of its linear and digital platforms.

“It’s during challenging times like these that we see people from across the country step up and show our first responders that we are here to support them in the same way that they are here for us 365 days a year,” said Jillian Crane, President of First Responders Children’s Foundation. “We would like to thank iHeartMedia, FOX, the artists performing, and all those who have come together to produce this benefit in support of #FirstRespondersStrong for giving thanks and raising financial support for our first responders who put their lives on the line for us today and every day.”

First Responders Children’s Foundation encourages first responders who need financial assistance to apply for COVID-19 Emergency Response grants. Men and women working as EMTs, police officers, firefighters and public safety personnel are putting themselves at risk every day to serve and protect communities across the country.  The First Responders Children’s Foundation Emergency Response Fund provides emergency financial assistance to first responders facing financial hardship due to tragic circumstances and is prepared to address critical needs within the first responder community.

The First Responders Children’s Foundation Emergency Response Fund is supported through corporate partnerships and individual donations to the Foundation’s #FirstRespondersStrong fundraising campaign.

“First Responders Children’s Foundation is an invaluable partner to CSX through our Pride in Service initiative, helping us to fulfill our year-round mission to support our nation’s first responders and their families – especially those working tirelessly on the frontlines to combat the COVID-19 crisis today,” said Bryan Tucker, vice president of Corporate Communications at CSX. “Our support for the emergency relief fund was a natural extension of our partnership, and we encourage others to join together and help further this impact.”

Contributions to the First Responders Children’s Foundation Emergency Response Fund can be made by visiting www.1stRCF.org, and messages of thanks can be shared on social media using hashtag #FirstRespondersStrong and tagging First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Additional details and performers to be announced soon. For more information, visit iHeart.com/LivingRoomConcert.

Executive producers for “FOX PRESENTS THE IHEART LIVING ROOM CONCERT FOR AMERICA” are John Sykes and Tom Poleman, for iHeartMedia; and Joel Gallen, For Tenth Planet Productions who produced the multi-network telethons immediately following 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti Earthquake.

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About iHeartMedia
iHeartMedia (NASDAQ: IHRT) is the number one audio company in the United States, reaching nine out of 10 Americans every month – and with its quarter of a billion monthly listeners, has a greater reach than any other media company in the U.S. The company’s leadership position in audio extends across multiple platforms, including more than 850 live broadcast stations in over 150 markets; digital radio via its iHeartRadio digital service available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices; through its on-air influencers; social; branded iconic live music events; and podcasts as the #1 commercial podcast publisher. iHeartMedia also leads the audio industry in analytics, targeting and attribution for its marketing partners with its SmartAudio product, using data from its massive consumer base. Visit iHeartMedia.com for more company information.

About FOX Entertainment
A division of Fox Corporation, FOX Entertainment’s 30-year legacy of innovative, hit programming includes 9-1-1, 9-1-1: LONE STAR, THE MASKED SINGER, LEGO MASTERS, PRODIGAL SON, EMPIRE, LAST MAN STANDING, “24,” “The X-Files” and “American Idol.” Delivering high-quality scripted, non-scripted and live content, FOX Entertainment’s broadcast network airs 15 hours of primetime programming a week, as well as major sports; and is the only major network to post year-over-year growth among viewers during the 2018-2019 broadcast season.

Media Contact:
 First Responders Children’s Foundation

Joanna Black   
+1 (646) 912-2681


Joanna@1stRCF.org

About First Responders Children’s Foundation

For the past 20 years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been providing college scholarships to children of first responders who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports programs operated by law enforcement organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community in which they live. The Foundation’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade breakfast hosts children and family members of those lost in the line of duty for a free breakfast and front-row view of the Parade so those families can gather and heal during what might otherwise be a stressful holiday. More information can be found at www.1strcf.org. Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1strcf.

Emergency Response Fund Launched

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FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION ESTABLISHES EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUND AND LAUNCHES “FIRST RESPONDER STRONG” FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

100% of proceeds will provide financial aid to first responders protecting our communities

NEW YORK, NY (March 20, 2020) – The First Responders Children’s Foundation Emergency Response Fund has been established to provide emergency grants to first responder families enduring financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As our nation navigates its response to COVID-19, we are reminded of the sacrifice that first responders make in communities every day,” said Jillian Crane, President of the First Responders Children’s Foundation. “It is during challenging times like this one that people and companies across the country can step up and show first responders that we are here to support them should they need financial assistance.”

Men and women working as EMTs, police officers, firefighters and public safety personnel are putting themselves at risk daily in these uncertain times to serve and protect communities across the country.  The First Responders Children’s Foundation Emergency Response Fund will provide access to emergency financial assistance for unforeseen medical expenses as well as food, supplies, rent, mortgage, utility and child care assistance. The fund is designed to be flexible and to address additional areas of support as they develop within the first responder community.

First Responders Children’s Foundation is actively engaging public safety agencies to encourage first responders who need financial assistance to apply for COVID-19 Emergency Response grants.

The First Responders Children’s Foundation  Emergency Response Fund is supported through corporate partnerships and individual donations to the foundation’s First Responders Strong fundraising campaign launched today. CSX, a premier transportation company, is the first corporate partner to commit to the fund through the company’s Pride in Service initiative. 

Individuals who would like to provide support are encouraged to join First Responders Children’s Foundation’s First Responders Strong campaign by donating just $1 to help raise $2.8 million in tribute to each of our nation’s estimated 2.8 million first responders. Individuals can thank first responders for their service, make a donation and encourage friends to do the same through social media using the hashtag #FirstRespondersStrong.

Contributions to the First Responders Children’s Foundation Emergency Response Fund can be made by visiting: www.1stRCF.org or by contacting Scott Perrin at Scott@1stRCF.org.

Media Contact:
 First Responders Children’s Foundation

Joanna Black   
+1 (646) 912-2681


Joanna@1stRCF.org

About First Responders Children’s Foundation

For the past 20 years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been providing college scholarships to children of first responders who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports programs operated by law enforcement organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community in which they live. The Foundation’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade breakfast hosts children and family members of those lost in the line of duty for a free breakfast and front-row view of the Parade so those families can gather and heal during what might otherwise be a stressful holiday. More information can be found at www.1strcf.org. Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1strcf.

Chicago Police Memorial Award

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CHICAGO POLICE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION ‘OPERATION SANTA’ AWARDED A FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION CSX ‘PRIDE IN SERVICE’ GRANT 

The Foundation will fund the purchase of gifts for children of  Chicago police officers that have died or have been injured in the line of duty

 

NEW YORK, NY (December 12, 2019) – First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF) is pleased to announce that the Foundation has awarded a CSX ‘Pride in Service’ Grant in support of ‘Operation Santa,’ an annual holiday event hosted by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation (CPMF).

Operation Santa provides holiday cheer to families of Chicago police officers who were killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. A press conference will be held on the morning of Saturday, December 14, at Macy’s department store on State Street to kick off the festivities. Santa will be delivering gifts throughout Chicago neighborhoods on December 14th and 15th. Santa will be joined by his elves; Chicago Police Officers; Bob Stanberry, Director of Strategic Partnerships for First Responders Children’s Foundation; and supporters of the event. The motorcade of well wishers will deliver gifts to over 50 children of Chicago Police officers who have died protecting the citizens of Chicago, officers injured in the line of duty and officers who are serving in the military overseas. All children will receive gifts hand-picked for them by CPMF.

“The holiday season can be extremely difficult for families who have suffered the loss of a loved one or dealing with life-changing circumstances as a result of line-of-duty injury. FRCF is honored to be supporting an event that directly impacts the families of our first responders, and we thank CSX ‘Pride in Service’ for partnering with our Foundation to help fund this grant,” said Jillian Crane, President of First Responders Children’s Foundation.

FRCF’s partnership with CSX, a premier transportation company, provides: scholarships to children of first responders, emergency grants bestowed to first responder children with a parent who lost his or her life or became disabled in the line of duty, as well as industry grants for public safety education and child safety needs.

Ms. Crane added: “FRCF looks forward to working closely with the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation to support first responders and their families in the Chicago area with FRCF and CSX Pride in Service Scholarships and Grants.”

The event will mark the 14th year of CPMF spreading joy to first responder families.

“The First Responders Children’s Foundation CSX ‘Pride in Service’ Grant has provided CPMF the gift of putting a smile on the faces of children of Chicago police officers. Operation Santa is a way for us to remind these families that we will never forget, and to also remind their children and families that they will always be part of our family. A partnership with First Responders Children’s Foundation means so much to us – the mission of both our foundations’ are perfectly aligned and we look forward to working together for years to come.” Said Bridget Hannon Schuda, Development & Communications Officer for CPMF.

FRCF accepts applications for grants and scholarships on a rolling basis. More information and applications can be found at www.1strcf.org. Follow FRCF on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @1strcf.

 

About CSX
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural and consumer products. For nearly 200 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation’s economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides. It also links more than 230 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com. Like us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/OfficialCSX) and follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/CSX).

About Chicago Police Memorial Foundation

Established in 2004, The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to honoring the lives of our fallen heroes. The Foundation provides support and assistance to the families of Chicago police officers who are killed or catastrophically injured in the line of duty. More information about CPMF is available at www.cpdmemorial.org.

Media Contact:
 First Responders Children’s Foundation

Joanna Black   
+1 (646) 912-2681


Joanna@1stRCF.org

About First Responders Children’s Foundation

For the past 20 years, First Responders Children’s Foundation has been providing college scholarships to children of first responders who have lost a parent in the line of duty. The Foundation also awards grants to families enduring significant financial hardship and supports programs operated by law enforcement organizations whose purpose is to benefit children or the community in which they live. The Foundation’s annual Thanksgiving Day Parade breakfast hosts children and family members of those lost in the line of duty for a free breakfast and front-row view of the Parade so those families can gather and heal during what might otherwise be a stressful holiday. More information can be found at www.1strcf.org. Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1strcf.