GEAR UP FOUNDATION

Rating: 3.34 stars   29 reviews 820

Issues: Disaster Aid, International

Location: PO Box 911 South Salem NY 10590 USA

Mission: .. .. honoring those who perished, served and were affected by the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 promoting international brotherhood and good will by providing equipment and training to firefighters & fire safety education and hope to children in need around the world, Bringing our world TOGETHER because of the 9/11 attacks rather than allowing ourselves to be torn apart....
Results: For more than 12 years our efforts have fulfilled our commitment to never forget and saving lives in tribute to those who answered the call on 9/11 and those who continue to answer the call. Fire Trucks, Ambulances, Life Saving Gear, education, school for children providing fire prevention, safety and community service, acknowledged as a "God Send" to nations and people that we serve. "Answering the call of Liberty" providing urgent equipment to our own at Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty in response to STORM SANDY. Gear Up acts as "Ambassadors Of Goodwill" as we bring our world closer together because of the events of September 11th, 2001 rather than allowing ourselves to be torn apart.
Target demographics: First Responders, Children 4-19, low income or no income, low income or no income first responders worldwide
Direct beneficiaries per year: Hundreds of Fire fighters Overseas with equipment, hundreds of children in our school and those who have received help from our relationship with Healing the Children Doctors.
Geographic areas served: South America, Latin America, Philippines, Central America, Nepal
Programs: American Tribute Ride, Kids Korner, Awareness and remembrance efforts, Help for Heroes, Two Dates that Live In Infamy Ground Zero and Pearl Harbor linkage, Healing the Children Clef Palate surgeries donated and supported by Gear Up Foundation.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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www.gearupfoundation.org

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

2 people found this review helpful

This organization provides excellent service to the communties and neighborhoods they serve. It is an honor to witness the way they truly care about their fellow man in regards to safety. The more they have, the more they want to give! May God continue to bless You Monica and Vinnie!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at Gear Up for 13 years now, and I couldn't be any happier to be part of this foundation. I agree with everything GUp stands for, and I love being able to say that I have done my share for them, as a photographer, document translator, and more. I've been treated with great respect and I love to know that we give continuously to those in need.

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Let me first say that I’ve been friends with Vincent Forras for 38 years, and it has been a friendship filled with mutual respect and understanding during good times and bad, great adventures, lots of laughter, and one of the few decisions in my life that holds no regrets. I have had the pleasure of seeing first hand how much Vinny gives of himself, despite debilitating health issues resulting from his efforts as a First Responder at 9/11 Ground Zero, without a thought of gaining anything in return except for the satisfaction of helping others, from his close friends, to those around the world in need. During several trips to South America with Vinny and his wife Monica over the last decade, I have witnessed the smiling faces and warm welcome they receive from everyone who has benefitted from their efforts with Gear Up Foundation. I am proud to say that Vinny is one of my 2 best friends, and my life has been better in many ways because of our friendship.

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I have been working with Gear Up for 9 years. It has truly been a blessing to able to help our brothers and sisters in less fortunate countries. My family has invested many dollars and hours in collecting used fire equipment to share. All of this at OUR expense. Those that have stated otherwise have no idea what we have accomplished. The reception by our fellow firefighters in Latin America has been overwhelming.

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This man has filed false lawsuits many times and he has LOST..lol He has made a living off of my fallen brothers........POS

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Happy that those involved in the pack mentality and fabrications about our noble foundation are indeed aware that a major lawsuit was indeed filed against agencies and individuals for their actions. Please do research anyone in the general public and you will find that every suit ever filed was valid and we were indeed victorious in those actions. At least get some of the facts straight. We continue to thank those who support our efforts which now include NEPAL and continues to help those in need in tribute to ALL THOSE LOST ON 9/11 and those who continue to answer the call to our nation and their community. Shame on those who have nothing better to do than to make up stories that in no way reflect reality.

Rating: 5 stars  

I began volunteering with Gear Up 10 years ago, and have seen first hand how this wonderful foundation has helped other firefighters with their training, provided equipment, as well as educated children with fire prevention in my native home of Ecuador. I am so grateful for being able to witness the help that has been extended to other firefighters in third world countries, where the equipment and gear are not durable enough to battle fires. I have seen the faces on those firefighters when they have received the current standard equipment that is used in the U.S., revolutionizing the way that they are able to protect their communities. That experience was priceless. Thank you Gear Up, for all your work and accomplishments. PS: Vincent and Monica have enormous hearts and their generosity is endless.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would continue to strongly promote the accomplishments Gear Up has achieved in third world countries across the globe.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The founder of this group is being investigated and we urge you not to donate!!!! He is a HUGE FRAUD!! WE ask you to contact the CT AG's office and file a complaint.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Put them out of business!!

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No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Lawsuit filed against the FDNY and members who have gone on this path of false claims and charges. Every false charge addressed and dismissed including CT, NY, WI and others. Those who have jumped on board this bandwagon will pay the price. All you need to do is look at the DEEDS of the foundation over its 12 plus years of operation around the world to see what we have done to determine if we are for real or if those who are accusing us are the ones who will be investigated and suffer the consequences.....Vincent Forras, Founder

Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

As a 9/11 responder we have watched this foundation promise money that has never come. We know Vincent has raised large sums of money through Gear Up Foundation and has not donated any of it to a single 9/11 responder. We urge you not to donate to this foundation as they are under investigation by numerous entities.

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No

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None

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2013

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As per previous statements this is again an obvious personal attack and baseless and actually pretty pathetic. We feel more sorry for you and your pathetic tactics considering every single false charge that has been made by a small group of rotten apples has fallen on deaf ears and has only led to more individuals being implicated in the suit filed in NYS Supreme Court on September 11th, 2013. Believe me, this is not a HOLLOW THREAT, but an actual suit that was filed and will be expanded to include additional individuals through information being captured on social media and elsewhere containing malicious and false information including statements such as those being made in the above false review. The information being presented is tainted and false and malicious, thus the filing.

Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Do a simple google search on this foundation's owner, Vincent Forras and count how many different 'tales' of his 9/11 experience and you will quickly realize that this individual see's dollar signs with 9/11. It is disgusting how he uses 9/11 as his platform to raise donations!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Stop the lies!

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No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Do yourself a bigger favor. Realize how easy it is to FAKE GOOGLE with BS reviews that are written by those who have an agenda and also have NO IDEA of the truth behind GEAR UP FOUNDATION. Every false charge is just that FALSE> Its more embarrassing to those who make this stuff up than anything to think that a foundation with 12 plus years of operation could be "FOOLING" folks all these years. Gear Up has fulfilled every filing, every law and then some... Our legacy continues to show that we do indeed make a difference across the globe in tribute to all those who served... ADDITIONALLY... ON SEPTEMBER 11th, 2013 a LAWSUIT WAS FILED AGAINST ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN THE FALSE CLAIMS AND WILL BE VIEWED IN PUBLIC SOON. STAY TUNED AS INDIVIDUALS ARE SERVED WITH PAPERS THAT MAY CAUSE THINGS TO CHANGE PRETTY QUICKLY!