In early 2020, Homeland Security Today polled its readers to find out what charities are serving the homeland community and mean something to our readers. Following is a list of those charities – please consider a one-time or monthly donation. If you don’t see a charity you care about on this list, please email us the name, logo, mission statement and link to the charity to: editor@HSToday.us.
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All Clear Foundation is driven to change the harmful stigmas and daunting statistics plaguing the First Responder profession. By creating, convening, funding and amplifying innovative programs focused on improving their life expectancy and wellbeing, we have the opportunity to positively impact the men and women who sacrifice so much and shoulder unfathomable burdens in their efforts to keep us and our communities safe.
Arizona Search Dogs primary goal is to provide canine search capabilities for AZTF1 (Arizona Task Force One) and to assist local jurisdictions at a state and local level. Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) involves the location, rescue (extrication), and initial medical stabilization of victims trapped in confined spaces. Structural collapse is most often the cause of victims being unable to escape, but victims may also be trapped in transportation accidents, mines, collapsed trenches and most recently in their own homes and businesses secondary to a hurricane. Urban Search and Rescue is considered a “multi-hazard” discipline, as it may be needed for a variety of emergencies or disasters, including earthquakes, hurricanes, typhoons, storms and tornadoes, floods, dam failures, technological accidents, terrorist activities, and hazardous materials releases.
BVA helps veterans and their families meet and overcome the challenges of blindness. Services of BVA are available to all veterans who have become blind, either during or after active duty.
The primary mission of the Border Patrol Foundation is to provide financial resources to the immediate families of the fallen. Request for support can also be made for off-duty deaths, injuries, illnesses, and family medical emergencies
Our goal and mission is to donate a practical, mission ready vest to as many Police K-9’s as possible. We want the K-9’s who protect communities across the United States to be protected themselves during their entire shift and not just when time permits to put the vest on the dog. We have partnered with LOF Defence to donate their Streetfighter vest because it is the best option on the market to meet our goals.
Founded in 1985, originally as part of the Presbytery of Philadelphia, Chester Eastside Ministries faithfully served the community of Chester at the Third Presbyterian Church until 2012. When the aging facility required a move, we were grateful to be invited to the historic St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on 9th St. Since then, the relationship between St. Paul’s and CE has blossomed and deepened. In 2014, CE changed the nature of its relationship with the Presbytery, striking out on its own by incorporating as a not-for-profit 501c (3) organization. Having successfully navigated this transition, now Chester Eastside, Inc. is eager to grow its services to the community. At the core of the organization is a food service program that provides over 100,000 meals a year to community residents. In addition, we offer various educational programming to adults and children. We are thrilled to have recently inaugurated the Judy Coslett Learning Center, which provides a safe and stimulating space for our growing afterschool program. We are proud of the long history, and even more excited about the burgeoning potential of the constantly evolving environment that is Chester Eastside.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary Association is a national nonprofit organization established in 1957 to support Coast Guard Auxiliary activities. For over 56 years, the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association has conducted the fiscal and business management responsibilities for the Auxiliary including capital programs, partnerships and donations that enable America’s Volunteer Lifesavers to accomplish their primary mission responsibility: recreational boating safety.
We are humanitarians, pure and simple. No matter how many lives we affect before, during and after disasters, it’s the survivors who are the real heroes of their communities. A survivor refuses to be a victim. Surviving means acting quickly and making life-saving choices. Often, survivors make great sacrifices. Some have immeasurable courage. And sometimes, they just get lucky. But no matter how someone lives through a disaster or crisis, we are inspired. Survivors motivate us.
Final Salute Inc. was founded in 2010 by a woman Veteran and cancer survivor who became aware of the large number of homeless women Veterans in the United States.
She realized a need for an organization that was designed to meet and understand the unique needs of homeless women Veterans and their children.
There are no longer front lines in war, however, female Veterans feel they are put at the end of line when seeking housing and other supportive services.
Over 2,000,000 women have served with honor since the Revolutionary War.
They have fulfilled thier obligations to their country; we now need to support them during their time of need.
With the help of the American people, foundation and corporate supporters, we know our mission is achievable.
Why are we doing this? Because it’s the right thing to do
The mission of the Global Alliance for Disaster Resource Acceleration is collaboration between disability-led organizations, corporations, foundations and other allies to identify urgent needs and link partners who will accelerate solutions for people, organizations and communities impacted by disasters
The International Association of Emergency Managers established the IAEM Scholarship Program to nurture, promote and develop disaster preparedness and resilience by furthering the education of students studying the field of emergency management, disaster management or a related program.
Thousands of people have taken our class “Fight The Internet Bad Guys & Win!” because they are desperately seeking high-quality information to keep themselves safe on the Internet. I will do whatever it takes to teach my class to you, to your family, your friends, your co-workers, and your boss. Whether you’re a kid, a millennial, or a senior citizen; no matter how much education you have, PhD or high school dropout; wherever you are in the social spectrum, mega-bigshot or just a regular peep, I know my class can teach you how to stay safe on the Internet. Join us; let’s get this done!
“100 SALUTES”– The Peace Keepers ensure that Law Enforcement Officers lost in the line of duty in Kansas and Missouri are not forgotten. We do so through our own “100 Slautes” program. “100 Salutes” is a mission where every time a Law Enforcement Officer dies in the line of duty, a remembrance box with 100 ribbons with the Officer’s Badge Number on one tail of the ribbon and the motto, “Never Forgotten”, is given to the spouse, child or parents of the fallen Officer. Additional ribbons are distributed to the friends, co-workers & the community of the fallen Officer’s Police Department. These are passed out at the visitation and funeral of the fallen Officer. They are also given during Police Week, Police Memorial services and remembrance events. We continue to be available to the families of the fallen by assisting them in any way we can…from mowing lawns to cleaning houses to fundraising,
“GIVING VETERANS A MILLION THANKS”- The Peace Keepers ensure that Military Veterans, fallen and living, are remembered by the public. Presently we are partnered with the Greater Kansas City “Wreaths Across America” program. We are conducting fund raising activites to ensure that as many wreaths as possible are placed on the grave of Veterans at the Leavenworth National Cemetery. We were “on the ground” in 2018 placing wreaths and actively participating in the ceremonies. Civitan International President-Elect Frank Kelley and his wife Kum, members of the Peace Keepers, participated in the 2019 Wreaths Recycling Effort.
“SUPPORTING THE CIVITAN INTERNATIONAL MISSION”- The Peace Keepers support the mission of Civitan International in aiding the developmentally disabled communities. Several of the Peace Keepers are also members of the Kansas City Civitan Orchids and the Kansas City Civitan Ex-Men which are Civitan Clubs which directly interacts with the developmentally disabled. The Peace Keepers are always prepared to come to the aid of these, our brother and sister clubs, when called. We also help with the many activities of our Regional and International clubs supporting the charitable goals they have. Though our focus is Veterans and the Law Enforcement community, the Peace Keepers are ready to serve our community in many ways.
Originally chartered in 1948, we provide emergency services to the members of Cecil TWP. Our members train endlessly to respond to all types of emergencies.
The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) is responsible for covering the second largest metropolitan area in the nation with over 3,500 firefighters embedded in 106 stations throughout the city. The LAFD responds to a call every 35 seconds, making it one of the busiest in the nation. Despite the breadth and scope of what the department covers, the LAFD often has needs that the city’s budget cannot cover.
Welcome to Loudoun-Dulles Lodge #69 of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). The FOP is the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 325,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges.
We are the voice of those who dedicate their lives to protecting and serving our communities. We are committed to improving the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those we serve through education, legislation, information, community involvement, and employee representation.
No one knows the dangers and the difficulties faced by today’s police officers better than another officer, and no one knows police officers better than the FOP.
Founded in 1915, we are still “Building on a Proud Tradition.”
he Missouri Law Enforcement Funeral Assistance Team was founded as a resource to assist departments and families upon the death of an Officer. The primary focus is on line of duty deaths, but the Team will also assist with funerals for retired Officers and for active duty Officers who pass away from non-duty related injury or illness. Our goal is to insure that fallen Officers are laid to rest with the highest level of dignity and honor.
The National Child Protection Task Force, a registered 501c3, was founded to provide law enforcement access to investigative expertise and resources that are unavailable or under-funded in most law enforcement organizations. The members of our Task Force volunteer their time to any agency — small or large, international or local — on important, time-sensitive cases involving not only human trafficking, child exploitation, and missing persons cases, but also property, homicide, drugs, and terrorism cases.
Our mission is to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes, to provide resources to assist their families in rebuilding their lives, and work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries.
The Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program (NVTRP) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that helps each individual realize their highest potential by providing equine-assisted activities to people with disabilities, youth-at-risk, recovering military personnel, and others in need in an inclusive, community setting.
O.U.R. salutes our nation’s law enforcement officers and prosecutors at the federal, state and local levels who protect our country’s children. Law enforcement professionals skillfully investigate, arrest and prosecute those who violate children.
The Phoenix Fire Foundation, previously the Fire & Life Safety Public Awareness League (Fire PAL) is the official 501(c)(3) non-profit charity of the Phoenix Fire Department. We stand committed to supporting the department, along with other public safety agencies throughout the region, in their daily efforts to save lives and protect our families and communities. The Foundation encourages and appreciates individuals and businesses that make tax-deductible donations to provide necessary equipment, resources, training, technology and education programs. This support helps keep our communities and our first responders as healthy and safe as possible, while also preserving our rich history and traditions.
In this time of crisis, Project C.U.R.E. is making our resources available to the hospitals and first responders in our C.U.R.E. Communities of Denver, Nashville, Phoenix, Houston, Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Chicago. We are donating all of our masks, gloves, PPE’s and other items needed to fight the COVID-19 to these heroes. One hundred percent of the items that individuals and companies give to the local fight against COVID-19 will be given to the brave men and women on the front lines of this fight, in our communities here in the U.S. We look forward to the day when this is over and this struggle is a memory. Until then, Project C.U.R.E. will continue to change our world. Right now, our world is right next door.
With a global mission to advocate cybersex trafficking awareness of children from underserved and rural communities, as well as drive strategic partnerships in support of developing cybersecurity international standards, guidelines and best practices, Protect Us Kids Foundation serves to drive the development of innovative technologies and solutions that can be leveraged towards protecting our youth in cyberspace; specifically in ending sexual violence, exploitation and abuse against children.
Service Dogs Alabama is dedicated to providing medical and psychiatric Service Dogs to children, adults, and Veterans with disabilities and Intervention Facility Dogs for schools, youth facilities, and courtrooms.
Shepherd’s Men is an organization comprised of dedicated patriots committed to creating advocacy and opportunity for our nation’s veteran heroes who have been affected by the hidden injuries of war. We will serve our noble warriors by means of outreach, empowerment and funding of treatment. It is our belief that victory in combat is achieved on two fronts; on the field and in the mind.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation honors the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. We also honor our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country.
The mission of Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB) is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.
Team Rubicon serves communities by mobilizing veterans to continue their service, leveraging their skills and experience to help people prepare, respond, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises.
The American Red Cross, also known as The American National Red Cross, is a humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness education in the United States.
The City Gate was formally incorporated on April 26, 1988 as the result of several pastors from local churches banding together to create a church specifically for Spokane’s inner-city dwellers. The first location was on First Avenue across from the old bus station. Our second location was at the Otis Hotel. Both were “store front” operations with very small kitchens. It was recognized very early on that social needs were present in this population as well as spiritual needs, and so food and clothing banks were set up.
The Mighty Oaks Foundation is a faith-based Veteran service organization that teaches combat Veterans struggling with Post Traumatic Stress how to get beyond combat trauma and live their lives in the manner God intended.
The Mission Continues is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit that empowers veterans to continue their service, and empowers communities with veteran talent, skills and preparedness to generate visible impact. Veterans possess the drive and desire to serve others, but without access to the tools needed, their potential to make meaningful impact at the local level remains untapped. On the other end of the spectrum growing numbers of communities in this country are under-resourced and being left behind. At The Mission Continues, we’re on a mission to connect veterans with under-resourced communities. Our programs in cities across the country deploy veteran volunteers alongside nonprofit partners and community leaders to improve educational resources, increase access to parks and green spaces, foster neighborhood identity, and more. Our vision is for all veterans with a desire to continue their service to be part of a movement to transform communities.
The Navy League of the United States, founded in 1902 with the support of President Theodore Roosevelt, is a nonprofit civilian, educational and advocacy organization that supports America’s sea services: the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine.
Though a solution to human trafficking can be daunting to consider, we serve a God for whom nothing is impossible. As the Tim Tebow Foundation continues to fight in the rescue mission He has called us to, we are committed to supporting those affected by this crime against humanity in three ways:
We are proactive by helping to create and support programs to preserve and strengthen the family unit.
We are actively responding to the crisis by partnering with those executing physical rescue missions and those providing for the immediate needs of survivors.
We are deeply committed to supporting survivors’ long-term recovery through communities of care, providing them with tools for physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual healing; thus empowering their liberation from the cycle of trauma abuse in their lives and find their new life of freedom in Christ.
Vet to Vet is a consumer/provider partnership program that utilizes veterans in recovery in a peer-counseling capacity to help other veterans. Vet to Vet is administered by veterans who themselves have been consumers of VA mental-health services. Vet to Vet provides a six-week, peer-facilitator training program that teaches veterans how to facilitate peer group sessions and introduce program learning topics. We welcome your support!
Veterans In Pain, Inc. (V.I.P.) is an IRS Certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit facilitating orthobiologic solutions for Veterans suffering from chronic pain, by connecting volunteer physicians with our country’s Heroes, nationwide. We do not discriminate as to era of service.
The Warrior Dog Foundation transitions our country’s working K9s from an operational environment into retirement. Providing mental and physical rehabilitation, and rehoming options to Military Working Dogs (MWD), Contract Working Dogs (CWD) and Law Enforcement K9s that otherwise would be euthanized.
Founded by two Marine combat veterans in 2017, Warrior Reunion Foundation exists to provide all combat veterans with the opportunity to reunite, remember, and recover together. We provide cost free reunions to units deployed together, rebuilding essential peer support networks that challenge stigma through shared experience, while connecting veterans with actionable resources to support their transition needs.
We Steel Rise is a 6-month re-entry program designed to not only shelter incarcerated veteran women, but to also prepare them for the life challenges that lie ahead. Our home is located in Phoenix AZ.
The Wills for Heroes (WFH) program was started in Columbia, South Carolina after 9/11 and is designed to assist emergency personnel in preparing Wills to protect themselves and their families. Launched in Minnesota in 2007 by the MSBA Probate and Trust Section, the Minnesota program is now part of the Amicus Society of the Minnesota State Bar Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, and is one of 27 programs nationwide.
The WWP mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors who incurred a physical or mental injury, illnesses, or wound, co-incident to your military service on or after September 11, 2001. You may also be eligible for the program if you are the family member or caregiver of a Wounded Warrior.