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The Fire Family Foundation was founded in 2007 by Los Angeles Firemen's Credit Union to assist firefighters and their families, victims of fire-related incidents, and fire departments within the State of California. Each year the Fire Family Foundation comes to the aid of countless firefighters and victims, supporting the community overall and helping individuals regain their lives following a loss. Financial aid may be provided to a firefighter whose family has been devastated by illness or death, or who may need assistance with funeral expenses. Victims of home fires reach out to the Foundation for assistance with temporary lodging, fees for new accommodations, and the basic necessities for families left with nothing. Fire departments across the state seek funds for safety equipment that cannot be accommodated in their jurisdictional budgets. The Foundation responds. We firmly believe when tragedy strikes, needs begin.
Fire Family Foundation began as a creation of the Los Angeles Firemen's Credit Union. The Credit Union serves firefighters and their families, from spouses to parents to siblings to off-springs, meeting all their financial needs. With offices statewide, the Credit Union has members throughout California.
The Fire Family Foundation is a statewide organization, responding to requests from throughout the state, wherever a firefighter or victim is in need. Often both the firefighter and fire victims have exhausted other help. There are several recent examples. A firefighter needed airfare to fly his wife from California to Boston, where she had a cancerous part of her lung removed; subsequently the Foundation paid the airfare for their two children to visit her there. The most recent fire victim lost all clothing for her 6'4 son; clothing was donated for her 3 daughters, but because her son wore a size 13 shoe she struggled to pay for his new shoes. A local fire department needed new radio headsets and a trailer to move extra equipment, but city funds were unavailable due to budget constraints.
In 2013, the Foundation hired its first Executive Director. After 5 years of operating with loaned-staff, the Board agreed a full-time director was needed to both meet the growing needs and to grow the Foundation.
With a new Executive Director now in place, her role is two-fold:
-Raise funds to maintain, support and grow the Foundation to meet the needs of all types of sufferers, ensuring reserves are available for fire victims and to aid firefighters on a continual basis. Firefighters are a close knit family and this will be a target population for fund appeals, along with Credit Union members.
-Increase awareness and recognition of the Foundation to encourage giving and be a source of help during disaster.
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