Reps for Responders (@reps_for_responders, repsforresponders.org) is a 501c3 headquartered in Rockland County, NY and was founded by an active NYPD Officer who experienced the struggle of reaching out for help during his time of need due to the culture surrounding mental health and the job. Reps was born not out of desire, but out of the need to support and advocate for the mental health and wellness of the first responder community (cops, firefighters, corrections, EMS, EMT, retired/active military). At Reps, the priority mission is to spread awareness, normalize reaching out for help, provide a safe community and to coach first responders through their (addiction) recovery, if applicable. Through fitness, support groups, peer recovery coaching, and community events, first responders have a safe haven when they join the Reps for Responders community where they can share their stories, their struggles and their wins whether it be about the job, or life in general. In March 2020, Reps opened its doors to a fitness facility where first responders could exercise and meet others on the job and attend support groups and other community events programmed specifically for them. One week later, Reps, like many other gyms, closed due to COVID-19, and like many tenants, were expected to pay rent while all of the in person fundraising plans were cancelled. Reps shifted to offer as much virtual programming and content to continue supporting our first responders in the only way we could while respecting the safety of our peers, but we still found ourselves at a loss of rent and equipment costs. The money raised goes towards paying overhead so that when gyms are allowed to operate, Reps can continue to provide first responders with free gym memberships and in-person mental health and recovery support. The founder of Reps for Responders is a clear example of a first responder who was able to connect with the appropriate supports and resources in his community and successfully seek help. He is now 11 months sober, helping other first responders and thriving in his personal and professional life. First responders do not have to suffer in silence.
On behalf of NYPD 10th Precinct Police Officers Stephen Malvagna, Daniel Sendrowski, and Alexander Colon, we are hosting this fundraiser. All contributions will go to Paul’s 15 year old son Colin Kennedy. Paul Kennedy was born on October 17th 1972 and served as an NYPD Police Officer from July 2008 until his sudden death on August 4th 2020. Paul was an extraordinary person who exemplified dedication and love towards his family, friends, and career. He was an admirable friend to all and will be truly missed. It is with the exceptional help and support through Fund the First that we are able to bring this fundraiser to life and strive to achieve a goal of 10,000 that will go towards Colin’s future education and endeavors. Thank you all.
Please donate to help with end of life expenses for a fellow veteran and family member. My brother made an impact on many, and was loved by all. Early Wednesday morning we received a call of my brother's sudden and untimely passing due to heart complications. Marc was only 44 years old and loved by so many. His passing has rocked all of our worlds as he was such an amazing person. Marc is survived by his significant other Jacquelene, his two daughters Almira and Yazmine, his sister Terri, and his mother Debra. Please find it in your hearts to help support such a beautiful and wonderful man. Every little bit helps.
I am a registered nurse that's been working for the department of corrections for several years. Caring for so many during this difficult time of Covid-19, I have not only come to realize how meaningful loved ones are in life, but I also dream of finding my daughter I gave up for adoption 38 years ago. Emancipated at age 16, I grew up in foster care my entire life. Now that I am much older, I realize I did not have the skill-set to develop meaningful relationships. It's a regret I have, and I've thought about my daughter for many years. I'd love the opportunity to explain myself and hopefully develop some type of familial relationship. I reside in a small studio and would like to get an RV to be mobile and work as a traveling nurse so that I will not be homeless while I pursue my dream. The state where I gave my daughter up for adoption is not where I currently live. I do not know where she is, but I will start there and continue searching for her until I find her. I hope to take you all along on my journey of finding my birth daughter. Anything you can give to help me realize this dream is much appreciated.
The last interaction I had with my son before his passing was me closing his eyes and promising him that I would protect his family. Unfortunately, the past four years have been extremely difficult for my daughter-in-law Tammy and her children due to the financial hardships that they are incurring. In November after 17 hearings, the judge of the NJ Workmen's Compensation Court awarded Tammy full compensation for Scott's line-of-duty-death. The insurer has appealed and the appeal is being delayed by COVID-19. Any funds raised for this campaign will be to support Tammy's family who is currently in debt for over $70,000 due to the untimely passing of her husband. E. Scott Danielson, 49, of Andover Borough, Director of Communications and 9-1-1 Warren County Department of Public Safety, died suddenly while serving his community as an EMT on an automobile accident response in Byram Township on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. He served for more than 35 years with the Lakeland Emergency Squad and was the immediate past chief. Professionally, Scott was recognized as an expert in public safety communications and had managed the Warren County 9-1-1 Center for more than 10 years. He joined the center when it opened decades ago and rose through the ranks. He was also a member of the county Hazardous Materials Response Team. He had previously served the Sussex-Morris Regional, Bernardsville, Morris County and N.J. State Police communications centers. Scott was serving his third term on the Andover Borough Council, serving the town also as emergency management and 9-1-1 coordinator. He had been a firefighter on the Andover Borough Fire Department and a deputy district warden with the N.J. Forest Fire Service. Scott graduated from Lenape Valley Regional High School and attended Sussex County Community College, studying criminal justice and EMS. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with BSA Troop #276 and Explorer Post #231 in Byram. He graduated from the Sussex County Police Academy as a special officer with Byram P.D. and completed the intense certified public manager program through Rutgers, earning his CPM EMT credentials. Scott leaves his loving family, his wife, Tammy Lynn (Sweller); son, Aaron, a fire Lieutenant at Joint Base MDL and his wife, Kelly and son Austin Scott, of Berlin, NJ; and daughters, Amanda Lynn, Alycia Marie. He was the son of Eskil "Skip" and Judy Danielson, of Byram, and son-in-law of Donna Sweller, of Newton. Scott is also survived by brother, Kevin, and his wife, Cindy, of Hackettstown, and brother, Eric of Andover Township. He also leaves nephews Kyle, Patrick, Matthew and Ryan. Eight family members are currently first responders. Thank you all for the support and stay safe.
Dear contributing patrons, My name is Roberto I am a US Marine Vet who has fallen into tough times. I served in 2015-2019 of August I had plans to reenlist but sometimes plans don't go accordingly. Im a college undergrad still but am working hard to get my Bachelor's all by myself with the help of amazing people helping me along the way to a successful life. I recently had gotten evicted and had found a place suitable for now. I hope to use this goal to help with my financial status in life. I have never been a person to ask for help in my life but that's just how we Marines are kind of made. I appreciate any amount of donation and hope to do everyone proud to bounce back from this current hiccup in my life.
We are the Cardwell Fire Department, a self-funded volunteer fire department in a small town of about 700 residents. We cover about 40 square miles. Our department funding comes from firefighters fundraising with a little help from the city, which does not have much funding. We are raising funds for new equipment due to the fact that most of our equipment is well out of date. Our main goal is to build a new fire shed so our trucks will not be exposed to the elements.
**Update** Thanks everyone so far who donated. My first goal was reached in only 8 days! My name is David Perez and I am a disabled combat veteran that served in OIF. While traveling for work on July 15th, I totaled my jeep, and it has left me feeling pretty hopeless. I travel for my piece-meal contract work, and had my Jeep for 10 months. The bank payment I need it to make is roughly 15,000 and USAA is only paying out the worth of the vehicle, which is 11k. This is what's breaking me currently. I am in the process of opening a homeless Veteran housing program and all my capital is tanked into this and other projects. Right now, I've got too many plates in the air to clear this out on my own steam, and I need my community to help me on this one. Anything you can do to help me pay off the approximately $4000 the bank wants for the remainder of my loan. If I can pay off the bank, I can be done with this rental car, and have a vehicle again for this next deployment. I can also salvage my credit that is being worked on. It's a gut punch to lose the first car I've had since 2017 especially when the bank requires more money than what I paid for it. Thanks so much for your consideration, whereas I know this is a rough time for many.
I am a Disabled Veteran of the the last 3 wars and a Critical Care Paramedic with 27 years experience in EMS. I was injured in the line of duty (Iraq and locally) and currently unable to work. I suffered permanent partial paralysis on my left side due to cervical & lumbar spine injuries, traumatic brain injury and a stroke (I have had multiple surgeries and still need further ones, to include additional cervical and lumbar fusion surgeries).. Due to these injuries and various complications they have caused, including a major heart attack & stroke, I am unable to return to work, permanently, and at the recommendations of my surgeon & doctors, I have filed for Disability. I was “released from service” from my employer, have used my all of my 401K, have sold anything worth selling and am in need of immediate financial assistance to help rent & utilities for the next 3 months until, hopefully, Disability begins. This is my first time asking for financial assistance and am embarrassed with having to put my name out here and ask but I am definitely in need and am grateful for any assistance you might be able to give. Again, my sincerest thanks and gratitude and I thank you for reading this.
On Friday July 17, 2020, the Yu Family lost a devoted husband, father and grandfather. An American hero and patriot, David Yu passed tragically away from 9/11 cancer. David enlisted in the United States Army in 1987 and honorably for 26 years. While serving, he conducted a combat tour in Iraq from 2002-2003 and retired from the Army in May 2014. In 1996 David joined the NYPD 1996 where he was assigned to 103th Precinct and served the south Jamaica community both on patrol and community affairs. On August 2, 2011, he was promoted to Sergeant and was assigned to Strategic Response Group 4. He retired from the NYPD in 2017. David leaves behind his beautiful wife, Damaris Yu of 31 years together, his daughter Tamara Yu, son David Yu, Jr. and three lovely grand children who will forever miss being held by the most amazing grand papa in the world. David was 54th years old at the time of his death. He was strong enough to serve in two unique uniforms joined by a common bond to serve for our Country and our City. On behalf of the Yu Family, this campaign is to raise funds to assist with hardship expenses for David’s family. “Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear
At the beginning of 2020 I created a goal list for the year. I called it my 30 for 30 list. 30 things I will accomplish by December 30. Running a marathon and donating to charity were on the top of the list. I heard through the grapevine that the Marine Corps Marathon in Virginia would be a good place to start for a new long distance runner. I signed up right away and got to work. I had a few friends join me in preparation for this event, namely my buddy Russell D’Agostino, who gave me the idea to utilize this event to raise money for charity. Our military and first responders make the hardest sacrifices to keep us safe and we thought what a great opportunity to show our appreciation for the work they do for our country. That's why we are choosing to raise money for Team Red, White, and Blue (Team RWB). Our veterans face many challenges after coming home from service and Team RWB does fantastic work to keep our veterans connected and restoring their sense of purpose in the community. No amount of money can repay the sacrifices made but every little bit helps in building a better future for those who have given so much for our country.
Massapequa Fire Department has always gone above and beyond to protect the residents of Massapequa since their inception. They were integral in rescuing multiple residents 8 years ago during superstorm Sandy, as well as keeping residents safe from the multiple live powerlines that were downed from fallen trees. Most recently, they have put themselves in harms way on the front line to help battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Their sacrifcie should not go unnoticed. I am raising funds as a thank you to the members of the Massapequa Fire Department to show our gratidude for all of their hard work and sacrifice. All food will be purchased from Phil's II in Massapequa Park.
Healthy Hire Healthy Retire is a nationwide registered 501c3 This is an ongoing campaign and funds will go to first responders and their families in need as we receive them. So far we have been able to help 9 first responders get to treatment to get help. With your donations we will be able to assist so many more. They will be needing us now more than ever!x Healthy Hire Healthy Retire will provide assistance to first responders, veterans and their families in crisis. We will also be advocating for the routine monitoring of first responder's physical and mental health from the start of their career to the end of their career. The number of first responder suicides and health conditions caused as a side affect of the job continue to rise. We need to do something more. We need to do something different. We need to do something NOW! #Enoughisenough The specific objectives and purpose of this organization shall be:1. To provide scholarships for treatment related to alcohol, substance abuse or mental health2. To cover or contribute to travel expenses to and from treatment3. To cover expenses of miscellaneous activities or items for families of fallen first responders and veterans4. To sponsor PTSD and Trauma trainings for first responder agencies and veterans5. To host events that benefit first responder/veteran health and wellbeing 6. To help provide prevention resources for physical and mental health
There are around 22 veteran suicides every day which is 22 too many. The brave men and women that fight and defend our freedom as a nation deserve better care and support. This is a huge problem in our country and will NOT be fixed until that number reaches ZERO. As an active duty Marine Corps spouse of 14 years, I have witnessed the effect that veteran suicide has on the surviving family members, friends and fellow brothers and sisters in arms. The families of service members sacrifice so much over the course of their loved one’s military career and are oftentimes overlooked in the wake of a veteran’s suicide; which should have never happened in the first place. To raise awareness for veteran suicide and the surviving family members, I challenge each person to participate in the #22pushupchallenge, share on social media with the hashtag #22forTAPS, and give at least $22 to contribute to our campaign goal of $2,222 ! We must work together to not only end veteran suicide but to support the surviving family members as well! Proceeds from this campaign will go directly to TAPS which provides comfort, care and resources to all those grieving the death of a military loved one. As an organization, they have supported more than 14,116 suicide loss survivors and have a dedicated team for suicide pre-postvention. Read more about TAPS here. Let’s do this! One Family. One Mission. Here’s how the 22 Push-up Challenge works: · Once you are nominated and accept the challenge, your 22 days starts · Once you accept the challenge, donate $22 to the #22forTAPS Suicide Awareness fundraising campaign · Every day, record yourself doing 22 push-ups- Do them any way you can. Effort is what counts-not form · Every day you must nominate a different person · And finally, have fun with this. This is a simple, interactive way to shed light on this and stop the stigma surrounding mental health while proactively removing the guilt, shame, or resistance which stands in the way of seeking care. Confidential Military Crisis Line: 1 (800) 273-8255 (Option 1) or Text 838255 TAPS National Military Survivor Helpline: 800-959-TAPS (8277) TAPS: https://www.taps.org/jointaps
If you have family/friends in NY law enforcement, this is for them! Please help replenish our brave men and women in blue throughout NYC and Long Island. We want to make deliveries to as many precincts as possible and bring our NY heroes food, snacks, and beverages. Any amount is appreciated and helpful! Please share this with your family and friends to help us spread the word. We started by making a delivery to a precinct in the NCPD and we delivered enough food, snacks, desserts, and beverages for the day and night shifts. We hope to be able to make more deliveries to thank our heroes for their dedication to protecting us! Let's show them our support and let them know how much we appreciate them! :)