Second Quarter Impact:

For the ​​​​second quarter of 201​7, FT Cares Foundation impacted ​18 organizations totaling $​​​​​31,809.19.

Impact July 2016: Military, First Responders & Their Families

​July 201​7 donations will be posted when available; below are the ​​​​July 2016 Impact donations so you can see the organizations the Foundation has previously impacted.

Operation Homefront
 assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items, and financial assistance. The Foundation’s July donation of $3080 helped: a veteran who lost her job after being hospitalized for several days due to her service-connected disabilities; an Army reservist currently being assessed for transfer to a warrior transition unit along with his wife and their newborn; a single mother and Marine veteran who lost a significant amount of income due to her hospitalization; and combat wounded Corpsman and his autistic daughter.

Children of wounded warriors face many challenges as they learn to adapt to physical, mental, and emotional changes when a parent comes home injured. Along with the sacrifice of having a parent injured or away in service for months at a time, many families are financially stretched and cannot afford the fees for sports, fine arts, or tutoring programs so crucial to a child’s sense of well-being. Our Military Kids steps in to help these children by providing them with grants to cover the fees for these programs. Each grant covers up to $500 for six months of participation. The Foundation was proud to donate $3000 in support of those grants.

In July, the Foundation donated $3000 to Hope For The Warriors which provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.

Homes for Our Troops builds specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan most of whom have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury. The Foundation was honored to donate $3000 to help build these homes and restore freedom and independence our Veterans.

Honor Flight Network
is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. The Foundation was proud to donate $3000 to help transport these heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Honor Flight gives top priority to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.

SALUTE, INC. was founded in 2003 by Will and Mary Beth Beiersdorf of Arlington Heights after Will, a Naval Reservist, was called to active duty and deployed to Guantanamo Bay for 13 months. During his deployment, his wife Mary Beth was overwhelmed with the magnitude of what she and their three sons were facing. In addition to the lack of finances, Mary Beth and her children coped with the fear of the unknown and the emotional strain caused by their separation from Will. The Foundation was honored to donate $1000 in support of Salute’s mission to passionately pursue meeting the financial, physical and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families.

The hard facts of war mean that many veterans suffer from some degree of post-traumatic stress disorder. Over 22% of veterans commit suicide because of this struggle to transition from service to civilian life. Veterans R&R strives to be a strong support system for veterans by: getting them out of the house; giving them a formed, safe group of members who understand each other; giving them a purpose; bridging the gap from service to civilian life. The Foundation was proud to support their mission with a donation of $1000.

Founded in 2003, Operation Support Our Troops-America is a grassroots effort that has become one of the largest volunteer based military support organizations in the country. This year, the Foundation has invited OSOT to be one of our featured charitable partners at the Light the Torch 5K on September 30. We are proud to support their mission to support the morale and well-being of American forces by providing comfort, resources and education to them and their families both while they are deployed in harm’s way and after their return.

*Extra Difference: In response to the recent violence against police officers, the Foundation has made a donation of $1500 to C.O.P.S (Concerns Of Police Survivors), an organization founded in 1984 that provides resources to help the families and co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty.