FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NATIONWIDE SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN OF ALL FIRST RESPONDERS—THE HEROES OF TOMORROW
Expansion Includes Greater Opportunities For Supporters, New Event Programming, Board Appointments And Revamped Website
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 2, 2019
NEW YORK, New York — The First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF), an organization committed to ensuring that the children of first responders receive the resources necessary to help them thrive, has today announced the launch of a broader scope of the organization’s reach and mission. This strategic expansion includes scholarship and grant opportunities being made available nationwide, new event programming including the Spring Benefit, a volunteer ambassador program to encourage regional support, and a revamped website and branding.
Since being formed in 2002, FRCF has supported families of first responders lost or injured in the line of duty by way of college scholarships, emergency grants and family-friendly events such as its signature Thanksgiving Breakfast held annually alongside the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York. In its nineteenth year, the organization will now support the children of all first responders on a national scale with an updated mission of ensuring that they receive the resources necessary to help them thrive and become the heroes of tomorrow.
“Each year an average of 200 first responders perish from fatal occupational injuries, and thousands become permanently disabled, rendering them unable to provide for their families,” said FRCF Founder Alfred Kahn. “We understand the sacrifices first responder families make to ensure our safety, which is why we’re proud to expand our scholarship and grant offerings across the country through the support of our generous partners.”
A strategic plan is in place to positively impact the lives of first responder children nationwide. This plan includes expanding the reach of scholarships and grants to include all states, debuting a new website at www.firstresponderkids.org, and launching an ambassador program that enlists the aid of regional supporters to raise awareness of the organization’s mission and offerings on a local level. In the spirit of this mission, FRCF will host a Spring Benefit at the Central Park Zoo on May 18, 2019, welcoming both adults and children to participate in the day’s festivities. The organization also welcomes Jillian Crane as President of The Board (President, CraneKahn) and Commissioner (Ret.) Daniel L. Stewart as Vice President of The Board (Business Development Manager, Cisco Systems).
Understanding the broader sacrifices first responder families make to ensure our safety, FRCF is working with departments, businesses, and community organizations to reach children in need of strategic funding, while building a support network of local first responder communities. To date, FRCF has awarded more than $780,000 through 320 college scholarships and emergency grants to first responder families and departments across 37 states. With support from partners including CSX, additional scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year are now available for eligible candidates nationwide through July 1.
More information on FRCF, including the Spring Benefit and scholarship application process, is available at www.firstresponderkids.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.