J T TOWNSEND FOUNDATION INC

Rating: 4.98 stars   40 reviews

Issues: Human Services

Location: 8152 Seven Mile Drive Ponte Vedra Beach FL 32082 USA

Mission: Mission Statement The JT Townsend Foundation (JTTF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established to raise funds, provide financial assistance, and/or adaptive equipment for children and adults with disabilities. Townsend is in the process of recovering from a life-changing spinal cord injury he received playing high school football. The JTTF is the Townsend family’s way of giving back to the community that so generously provided for JT after his injury. The JTTF will better many lives and provide support for important research. The Foundation operates in complete compliance with established federal and state regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, or national origin
Results: This non profit was formed in 2010 and has been able to help many people with various pieces of equipment they could not afford to have otherwise.
Target demographics: People in the Jacksonville area meeting the mission statement criteria.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 2012 - 14 beneficiaries to date 2011 - 4 beneficiaries
Geographic areas served: Florida/Georgia First Coast
Programs: See our web site calendar www.jtgivesback.org
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

It has been a privilege to serve on the JT Townsend Board of Directors since its inception two years ago. We are a small group of hard working, caring individuals who truly believe in JT's desire to give back and make a difference to those needy, yet most deserving families.
Look out! There are great things ahead for this Foundation. Many thanks to our fellow board members, volunteers and donors who inspire us and help keep JT Townsend's legacy alive.

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

No changes needed. We are positively moving forward.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The JT Townsend Foundation truly changed my son's life. After denial after denial from our Insurance Company, (BCBS), we had given up on getting Caleb the adaptive stroller and adaptive car seat that he needed. You see, My son has Cerebral Palsy. His Dad and I provide all of his daily needs, as he is unable to do anything for himself. You can imagine our frustration when we couldn't get the supplies/equipment that our son so desperately deserves. Enter the JT Townsend Foundation. No questions asked, except, HOW CAN WE HELP and WHAT DO YOU NEED? 3 weeks after applying, we were approved! We were overjoyed! FINALLY our son was going to get 2 very important pieces of equipment we could not have afforded on our own. :( We have been welcomed with open arms into the JT TOWNSEND FAMILY, and we couldn't be happier to be here. We are forever in their debt. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LOVING OUR SON!
Jessica, Jeff, Jacob and Caleb Finch

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

not make any. :) They go above and BEYOND!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

JT has been my friend since High School and I am so proud of everything that he has done. A heart of gold and now an Angel.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

During a recent One Spark event I had the pleasure of meeting J.T and his mother as well as his group of volunteers. JT's life and his story has truly been life changing for me. He has given me sucha positive outlook on life. He is sweet, loving , genuine and always seems to have a smile on his face. What he is doing in our community and how he took such a trajedy in his life and turned it around for the good has truly impacted me on so many levels. JT I want to say Thank You to you personally from the bottom of my heart. After meeting you for the first time yesterday here at my place of employment The Everbank Center and literally have not been able to keep my mouth shut about you. You and I are the same age and graduated the same year and I know that in your mind at times you think life should have been different for you but God had different plans, but what you have done has truly been extraordinary and I cant say thank you enough. I have a 4 year old son who was diagnosed with Autism in May 2012, it has truly been challenging and I cannot wait for you to one day meet my little angel! I will be seeing a lot more of you as I feel I have been lead to volunteer where my time is needed. There is no greater joy than to help those in need and that is my passion! Lastly I will say congrats and Enjoy your graduation next week you are so deserving and have worked so hard!!! Much love and respect Sincerly Victoria Distefano

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son Aijalon is 6 years old, with CP, microcephaly, trach, gtube, etc. He is total care and requires 24hr care. Our issue was that I bought my home which is a townhouse, prior to me even considering adopting my son. Well the problem is all of our bedrooms are upstairs. I'm a single adoptive parent and all of the carrying my son up and down the stairs fall primarily on me. My son is growing and getting bigger and that task is becoming more difficult.

We were referred to the JTTF and I told our story and requested a stairlift to help me with getting my son up and down the stairs. I was contacted immediately by Mrs. Judith and after a couple of conversations the process begun and within a two week time period I was informed we would be "Blessed" with the stairlift and it was installed.

I can't say enough good things about the JTTF foundation, not only what they did for us, but what they have done for so many others in the community. Many others heard my problem and either had or offered any solutions. JTTF stepped right in and became our hero!! If there is ever anything I can ever do to help or spread the word about this wonderful foundation, I will definitely do it without a moments hesitation. They were truly a God send for us!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

My 3 year old son, Jonas, has Sensory Processing disorder and autistic-like behaviors at times. His occupational therapist suggested a therapeutic listening system to help him with his behavior. She said the JT Townsend Foundation may be able to help with paying for it, as we were stressed at the time for funds getting ready for our daughter's medical trip to Colorado and a possible strike with my husband's work. The JT Townsend Foundation paid for the therapeutic listening headphones, CDs, and other items needed for the therapy. Not only that, but when the board members met later in the month to discuss the cases they had helped, they decided to give us money to help my daughter and I travel to Colorado for her medical treatment. We are so thankful for the JT Townsend Foundation family!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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A co-worker shared this foundation with me last week as i had been searching for financial assitance for my patients; babies with synostosis, who require custom molded helmets following cranial surgery. Most insurance companies do not cover these helmets and they are quite expensive. When i looked into JT's foundation i was so elated to find out that these precious lives and thier families could be helped. It is such a beautiful thing to give back and JT you are amazing. Thanks for being open to helping those in need. I pray for miracles to continue in your life. Suzanne B.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the pleasure of volunteering with JTTF in December 2011 for a toy drop at Nemours Children's Hospital. It was also the first time I was be to interact with JT and his mother, both very inspiring! It was so uplifting to see sick children have joy from receiving toys and seeing JT give with such a huge heart! The JTTF is doing great things for in Jacksonville and I look forward to working with them in the future.

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?

A lot

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?

2011

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Thank you Lindsey for joining us in helping JT make a difference in the lives of children and adults with disabilities here on the First Coast. See you soon.

Rating: 5 stars  

Working as a volunteer for the JT Townsend Foundation (JTTF) since its inception has been an incredible experience. I've witnessed firsthand that when JTTF assists a disabled individual here on the First Coast, they don't view or treat them as a client, but as family. The support that JTTF provides for disabled individuals and their families goes beyond financial and/or equipment support, but largely provides moral support to these families that face struggles that many of us can't even begin to imagine. JT himself is the heart and soul of this foundation and his loving, selfless and caring nature embodies everything that the Foundation is about. While the equipment that JTTF provides for these individuals brings a great sense of relief, it barely seems to match the reassurance of having the support of this extended family behind them. I look forward to continue working with this great non-profit in the future and encourage those looking to make an impact on the First Coast Community to donate or get involved in this organization.

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?

2012

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Without volunteers like yourself Kevin, we could not accomplish our mission. Thank you for all you do every day for JTTF....The JTTF Staff

Rating: 5 stars  

I have known JT a few years after meeting him briefly at UNF. I heard about him and wanted to meet him since we have similar injuries. My mother heard of his foundation and contacted JT about applying for an FES bike for me, which I never would have been able to afford and insurance didn't cover it. She submitted the application and sure enough JT helped get it for me. This special bike works my muscles with electrodes and is the therapy I need to keep my body moving. I am so, so thankful for the JT foundation and what they did for me. JT and everyone on his staff are amazing! :)

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Thank you so much Christy for the wonderful review. We were so happy we could help in the purchase of the FES Bike. The JTTF staff.