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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Public Health

Direct beneficiaries per year: 9/11 FDNY firefighters suffering from PTSD, raised money for new equipment for a volunteer fire dept., and provided holistic healthcare and rehab for firefighters suffering chronic pain and PTSD.

Programs: The Jessica Locke Firefighters Fund is dedicated to providing financial and medical rehabilitative support to firefighters. A 501(c)3 organization, the Fund uses charitable contributions to offer access to alternative healthcare for illness, injury, and post-traumatic stress disorders associated with exposures to traumatic events, as well as to seek donations of supplies and materials necessary to rectify unacceptable conditions and equipment in firehouses. We vigorously support firefighters through action and compassion.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jessica Locke and The Fire Fighters Fund has helped the Newton Fire Department in so many ways. Jessica has gone from station to station and documented the problems and needs of each of the members. She has written letters, held signs along with firefighters at various protests and pressured city officials to replace outdated, unsafe equipment and apparatus. She even went as far as creating a video to document and dispute the findings of city officials as to the cause of a serious accident involving a 24 year old fire engine the city still had in service. She has been a true advocate for members of our department.

As for the Alexander Technique, I can't say enough about it. After suffering headaches daily for 20 years, Jessica's work has reduced that to an occasional one here and there. It definitely made a difference.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a firefighter who has been directly effected by the dedicated hard work of Jessica Locke and her Firefighter's Fund. Jessica has done much to raise the needed funds for safety equipment for our department and has been at the forefront when it came to addressing these issues with those who hold the purse strings in the city. Jessica has been and continues to be nothing short of a God send to this department and we are truely grateful for all that she has done. Thank You Jessica !!

"The Senator"

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am the wife of a Newton Fire fighter, and through the department I have had the pleasure of meeting Jessica Locke. Jessica has gone above and beyond over the last decade to come to the aide of the New York Fire Fighters. Jessica put her life on hold to help the NY fire fighters, and ten years later she is still such an amazing advocate for our fire fighters.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am the wife of a Newton Firefighter and was introduced to Jessica Locke, Director of the Jessica Locke Firefighters Fund, several years ago when the Newton Fire Department was in a heated battle with the City’s administration. Fire stations had been neglected to the point where they became a safety hazard to anyone inside; firefighters were injured by the aging and unsafe apparatus; basic firefighter equipment was outdated, malfunctioning or non-existent. The NFD at that point had gone several years without a contract and were up against a Mayor who had great animosity and disrespect towards the members of his own fire department.

When I met Jessica I was immediately impressed and inspired by this very dedicated and caring individual. She set out to make it her goal to see that the men and women of the NFD were treated with the respect they deserved and had equipment that was safe.

She got to work writing articles, protesting, holding signs, and testifying on behalf of the firefighters at City Hall meetings. She involved the media and got results. She successfully organized and ran a fundraiser that resulted in raising $12,000 for equipment for the Newton Firefighters. Every year on September 11th, Jessica organizes local restaurants, businesses, and residents and provides dinner for each of the fire stations. Her presence has been a great morale booster especially at times when it was most needed.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a firefighter in Massachusetts, and I've had the pleasure of meeting Jessica, and learning about all she does for the fire service. She has raised funds to buy our department much needed equipment which provides safety for our residents and ourselves. She is dedicated in her pursuit to help firefighters, and we appreciate all her efforts.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

The best thing that I can say about Jessica Locke and The Jessica Locke Firefighters Fund is the humility in which business is conducted. The firefighting profession is a lot like insurance, you hate paying the premium but heaven forbid that you do not have insurance when you need it. Sometimes it is very difficult to get your cause known. When you have someone like Jessica backing your causes it really strengthens your credibility. Jessica does this with virtually nothing in return except the satisfaction of knowing what she is fighting for is a just cause. The effort and time that Jessica puts in is amazing. The results the Jessica achieves is immeasurable. We as firefighters who have benefited from her foundation will be forever indebted to her.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Jessica Locke has always been chivalrous and self-sacrificing when it comes to helping firefighters in need. Not only does rally as a political ally, but she has held fundraisers in order to donate much needed equipment for Newton firefighters. As if her political and fundraising support isn't enough, Jessica Locke has also donated her time and expertise as a master of the Alexander Technique to injured firefighters, which I have personally experienced first hand and will be forever grateful for her kindness. Jessica Locke is passionately concerned about the health and well being of firefighters.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jessica has always been very supportive of our union/Fire Dept, her dedication and determination to see that we are treated fairly and with respect sometimes outweighs that of some of our own members.

Most recently Jessica and her associates held a private fund raiser for us. She, through her fund, was able to raise money for us to purchase impotant equpment, ehich up to now the City of Newton has declines to purchase.

I also understand that Jessica not only has done many good deads for Newton, but has also done a ton of work for surrounding communities and N.Y. City.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jessica is true friend of firemen, she understands the trials and tribulations of the men on the front line of the fire service. Jessica selflessly gives her time to many great causes that affect firemen and more importantly the ones close to them....coming from a fireman it means alot to me...

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Jessicas Fund Should be changed to Jessicas Passion , Never have I experience a fund with more love than money, Her devotion to bring respect and appreciation back to the dedicated Fire fighter that risk their lifes to save others. Her passion and carreer is devoted to this cause . There are people who donate and there are people that dedicate , In my 32 yrs I've not seen "A Cause" with more love and support of all Firefighters that get left to battle there fight for life, , She gives her heart, soul and time so they won't be forgotten.. Jessica ,you will always be in our Hearts as you keep ours in yours.. TonyC.

Review from Guidestar