Giving Back All Year Long: 10 Charities that Support Public Service Officials

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Last month, we worked with Answer the Call to support families of those killed in the line of duty. Throughout the month of September, we donated 10 percent of pre-tax sales from select glove products in our promotion to the organization.

However, we think public service charities deserve attention all year long. To highlight some other opportunities to donate, we compiled a list of recommended charities so you can continue helping public service officials throughout the year. While there are many other very worthy places to donate, consider this list a starting point with a variety of causes:

Law Enforcement Officers Relief Fund – LEORF provides financial support to families of officers killed in the line of duty, provides assistance for personal disasters and lessens financial hardships for injured officers. The Police and Troopers Relief Foundation is a special program within the organization established by the International Union of Police Associations to provide specialized service to law enforcement.

Concerns of Police Survivors – This organization is over 37,000 survivors strong and includes spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others and co-workers of officers killed on the job. With over 50 chapters nationwide, C.O.P.S. provides training and assistance to law enforcement agencies nationwide on how to respond when a family member of law enforcement officers loses their life.

National Fallen Fire Fighters Foundation – Their mission is to honor and remember fallen fire heroes and provide resources to assist survivors in rebuilding their lives. The organization also works within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries.

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund – Founded in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is dedicated to honoring and remembering the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers in the U.S. It has 16 of the most prestigious law enforcement organizations in the country in addition to three major corporate partners serving on its board of directors. The Memorial Fund recently launched a campaign to build the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum.

United States Deputy Sheriffs Association – The national organization is dedicated to officer survival training for the men and women of law enforcement. The program helps officers gain the flexibility to deal with a variety of challenging situations, including hand-to-hand combat and tactical entry/active shooter response.

September 11th Families’ Association – The September 11th  Families’ Association supports victims of terrorism through communication, representation and peer support. They created the 9/11 Tribute Center, a memorial that pays respects to those lost on 9/11. The center allows visitors to understand the impact of the disaster and shows the outpouring of compassion following the tragedy.

The Leary Firefighters Foundation – The Leary Firefighters Foundation’s mission is to provide funding and resources for Fire Departments to obtain the best equipment, technology and training. The organization is dedicated to help maintain a high level of public safety in every community. The Leary Firefighters Foundation was started in 2000 by actor Denis Leary in response to a tragic fire.

NAEMT Foundation – By funding EMS education and research, NAEMT works to strengthen and build the future of emergency medical services. EMS currently struggles with recruitment and retention of practitioners so this foundation works on outreach and offering info about working in EMS while providing scholarships.

Firefighters and EMS Foundation – The Firefighters and EMS Foundation (FEF) works to protect the interest of First Responders while providing free medical and legal support services, benefits, scholarships and other initiatives to protect these responders. They also reward $10,000 for public information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person who commits a crime that results in the death of firefighters or other EMS personnel during the line of duty.

First Responder Institute – FRI conducts research based on job-task analyses of first responder tasks in order to develop training, education and assessment programs aimed at improving the physical and mental readiness, performance, safety and survivability of first responders. It builds coalitions of private and public sector organizations that ensure the program is the most advanced and appropriate learning environment for public safety personnel.

Do you have a favorite charity that you donate to? Let us know by tweeting us @PowerPak.

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