As many of you know, our new nonprofit is dedicated to one goal, namely to help our Brothers and Sisters in need. And of course, that includes their families, where appropriate. As we peruse the social media platforms, we see all sorts of pitches for money. And as we are all aware, this is a very difficult time to solicit funds for a nonprofit enterprise.
Moreover, both our goal, as mentioned above and our motto, "One Family - One Mission - First Responders Helping Each Other," take us on a difficult path. For we reach out when circumstances are tragic and dismal; when something terrible has occurred. While many of us, while serving as firefighters, paramedics, EMT's and LEO's have faced on calls, only a small percentage of us have personally dealt with the aftermath.
My extensive experience in Jewish ritual provided me with many occurrences dealing with families after the loss of a loved one or a family tragedy of other sorts. I have counseled families at the time of loss, officiated at funerals and unveilings of headstones, as well as subsequently, helping them during their mourning period. As it turned out, being a volunteer firefighter at the same time as working in Jewish ritual, provided me with the experience needed on both sides of this "coin."
Nevertheless, together with the two members of our Board of Directors, Battalion Chief Andrew Starnes and, Firefighter & Editor of "The Firehouse Tribune," Nic Higgins, we chose our purpose and have worked hard to fulfill our mission. As of today, April 2, 2021, we have donated $1,700 to firefighters and/or their families, as well as several volunteer departments, who have faced tragedy or other loss.
There will be more to come. We know that and you know that. For us to be able to continue our mission, we need your help! As stated above, we know this is a difficult time for most of us. We are all too aware of the price that the Covid-19 pandemic has taken on all of us. Sure, slowly but surely, life is beginning to improve, but we are certainly not back to normal.
That means though, that we area all on an "unbalanced" scale. We are mentally, emotionally and financially impacted by the current state of affairs yet we, as first responders, know that we never know what today or tomorrow may bring!
We are not asking you to donate beyond your means! And we never will! Our new donation processing allows you to contribute just one time, monthly or yearly. And, you can use a credit/debit card, a check or an ACH payment; whichever is in your best interests! For example, a $5.00 donation per month would equal a $60.00 annual contribution. Moreover, since we are a certified non-profit, your donation(s) may be tax deductible. (Please check with your tax advisor!) Thus, not only do you help us to help first responder families, but you may be helping yourself financially.
No one knows when the next emergency or tragedy may occur. However, we do know that the team here at 5-Alarm Task Force Corp., is dedicated to helping our "family" if and when, it does occur. Please join us in our efforts. Please visit our website at https://www.5-alarmtaskforcecorp.org and select the DONATE button on the top menu.
Thank you and may God bless you and yours and keep you safe and well.