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Angels of Americas Fallen

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Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To help children of our fallen military and first responders develop into strong and successful adults by providing them fun mentoring and developmental activities when they are at their most critical developmental phase of life.

Results: Angels of America's Fallen has already directly impacted over children’s lives in nationwide by funding their participation in activities such as music lessons, sports, arts, and mentorship activities.

Target demographics: children of our fallen military and first responder heroes.

Direct beneficiaries per year: deserving children heal and grow through soccer, piano lessons, swimming lessons, lacrosse, baseball, football, karate, and more

Geographic areas served: all across the United States

Programs: healthy activities with a coach or instructor to enable healing and growth during the crucial developmental years between loss of their parent and adulthood.

Community Stories

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Managing raising children after the death of a loved one is a monumental task - emotionally, physically, spiritually, and logistically. Angels of America’s Fallen allows some of that hardship to be removed. My children and I are thankful for the love and support from this organization and all those who donate to it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Since my husband a Special Forces Army died in 2012, me and my 3 kids we been in a emotional roller coasters, grieving is been difficult and challenge but sometimes that I learn that help my kids is doing sports. Been race in Puerto Rico I always love the ocean but never has the opportunity to learn how to swim, and my husband death accidentally in the water make my fear of water stronger. Angels of American Fallen help me and the kids to trust , be hopeful, and kindness in are grieving journey. Myself and my 3 kids we been swimming for 4 years. Is an amazing sport, we can go even in winter and help the kids with concentrate. Angel of Americas Fallen take care of everything for the kids swim class, I don't has to worry. The even take the extra mile and check on the kids how they doing , if they need anything, they are amazing!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Angels of America's Fallen does incredible and powerful work to help the children of our fallen military and first responders. Instead of just throwing money at an issue, they seek ways to help the development of these children, giving them role models and an opportunity to grow through arts, sports and other extra-curriculars.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

AoAF has given my children (ages 8 and 11) an opportunity to learn how to play the guitar and piano and I’m not sure this would have been something they could have pursued without AoAF’s support. I’m really grateful that they are there for us and continue to show my babies that they care for them and their futures.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing people and such a wonderful cause! As a donor, I have had the honor of meeting some of the children & families sponsored by Angels of America's Fallen and you can immediately tell the impact they have with these families. The organization goes beyond expectations to do whatever they can for these families and the appreciation for what they do is evident by everyone involved. They have a great mission and come HIGHLY recommended in my book!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor and a volunteer, I have personally met several of the children AOAF supports. The positive influence from the work they do is instantly apparent by the smiles on their faces and the joy they get from participating in their chosen activities! Angels of America's Fallen is a wonderful organization and supports a very much needed cause! Thank you, AOAF, for all your hard work and dedication to the children of our fallen military and first-responders!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Angels of America's Fallen is a wonderful organization! They provided my oldest son with the opportunity to continue in Sea Cadets. They enabled my daughter the gift of being able to attend weekly tumbling classes. They currently assist my youngest son in pursuing his wish to learn to play tennis. They helped him pursue horseback riding in the past. Without this generous organization, I would not have been able to allow my children to be able to participate in these activities. This is a very worth-while cause which directly impacts children's lives. These children have suffered a devastating loss of a parent in the military. This fantastic organization helps these children so much!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Joe and Shelly are phenomenal! They take such great care of all the families and put in ridiculous hours to make ends meet for the charity.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We were so glad to find AAF. We have a lot of military and first responders that live and work in our town and it was a perfect fit to donate to the fallen families.

2 MishaM

Client Served

Rating: 5

This nonprofit organization is dedicated to keeping our children involved in activities they love, which happens to be a godsend for us. They encourage the children to try different types of activities until they are happy with the choice. Mine have tried Ballet on down to Taekwondo. Somehow, we have made it back to French lessons.
Unfortunately we weren't able to attend the back to school function, but they are ALWAYS hosting something fun and exciting for our children.
We are very thankful for Angels of America's Fallen for all that they do for us and every family they have under their wings.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am intimately familiar with Angels of America's Fallen, having known Joe and Shelli Lewis as well as Mike Shiels since before its inception. They had each seen for years the gaping hole left in the hearts of children who had lost a loved one from their time in the military and wanted to help fill that void of caring, mentoring leadership left behind by the loss of a parent. Thus was born Angels of America's Fallen. I've flown with Joe, worked right alongside him, and been Joe and Shelli's neighbors. Through our time together in the Air National Guard, I came to know Mike Shiels as well and served with him on the Air National Guard staff.
They have each sacrificed deeply, and they continue to do so in order to make Angels an ongoing reality for the children of our fallen military and first responders. There are none finer in regard to integrity, compassion, energy and service to others, and I am proud to know them. Like me, you can be 100% certain that your donations will wisely be stewarded for the mission at hand. I am not only privileged to call them friends, but I am an ardent supporter of AoAF!
LtCol Bryan E. Hubbell, USAF (Ret.)

3 Christina R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angels of Americans Fallen has been such a blessing on our family. When my husband passed away, our family was left with no benefits from the VA. Trying to survive financially well just trying to survive, was an everyday high level stress situation. I could never in a million years provide swim lessons, taekwondo lessons, gymnastics lesson, and all the many things my children wanted to try. They have been able to grow as people, and work through their own grief, simply by being able to be physical. Their confidence has improved greatly, and our little family is as strong as ever. I am eternally grateful to AOAF and the support they've shown and continue to show. Thank you AOAF

3 Emily Herron M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angels of Americas Fallen has always been there for my family. My son Matthew is currently in wrestling and is receiving lessons at Warrior Wrestling Club . He is preparing for the middle school season. He has been taking lessons since summer started. Warrior Wrestling Club has been amazing. The head coach at Warrior, Shad Rissler has made a huge impact on Matthew. Matthew looks forward to wrestling and has more confidence in himself. Shad treats him as a brother and demands hard work and dedication. Shad is a strong male role model that Matthew has been missing since his dad, Tom died when he was three years old. Angels of Americas Fallen has made that a possibility. I will be eternally grateful for Angels of Americas for coming into our lives.

2 Debbie LoPresto B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Angels of Americas Fallen has come along side my son and allowed him to pursue an extra-curricular activity that we otherwise wouldn't have been able to afford. Jayden has loved taking Taekwondo for over a year now and is rapidly progressing through the belts in hopes of one day becoming a black belt. Not only does this activity teach him skills to protect him self but it stresses responsibility, respect, and team building. He has done so well that Master Chang has him teaching others. All of this is thanks to Angels of Americas Fallen! Just to know that there are people out there that care and still remember the sacrifice his father gave for this great country, means so much to us. We appreciate you!

2 Dana Grammer A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

AAOF has been incredibly supportive and helpful in the aftermath of what has been the biggest, most life altering change my family has ever experienced. My daughter is learning to live again and find a new normal with their consistent encouragement and financial support to explore her newfound world without her father. She is learning and growing every day, as AAOF has supported her in accessing new hobbies and interests on this road to finding herself again.

2 Alan S.1

Donor

Rating: 5

This group does great work to support the children and families of our fallen heros when they most need it. Best of all, the vast majority of funds received go directly to the support of the kids in the program.

3 Roy G B.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had the great pleasure of sharing militarily service with the founder of Angels of America’s Fallen. From the first “pitch” of the concept of AOAF I knew this was a cause I could get behind. The children of our fallen Military and First Responders need a voice and AOAF has stepped up in an unprecedented way to bring awareness to the Fallen’s widows and orphans. Giving these kids a positive way forward while learning to cope with the many challenges of loss. It’s far too easy for these kids to feel forgotten or to lose their direction in life. AOAF helps remind them to keep their passions/dreams alive and gives them the real tools to make that happen.

2 CH S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Angels of America's Fallen is fantastic, their motivation to help families of our fallen is astounding. I am confident that all donations made to them go to a great cause, I only wish I could help more. Please donate if you can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After being involved with this non-profit for 3+ years, and volunteering at many of their events, I can highly recommend Angels of America's Fallen. I've never seen an organization so fully committed to serving the children of our fallen heroes. They operate with integrity and transparency, and I feel 100% comfortable donating my time and money, knowing the kids they support will directly benefit.

The concept is a great one: support children who have lost a parent in service to our country, and support them NOW, while they are growing and developing. I've met some of the kids they serve and the joy the supported activities brings to them is undeniable.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate to meet children in Alabama and Colorado who have been positively affected by this program. If you are able to donate, I highly recommend this Organization. Great cause for children who have lost a parent in the service.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My family has been honored to partner with Angels of America's Fallen many times over the past several years for special events and fundraising efforts. It's a great cause, filling a real need and helping an underserved group. Its founders are truly compassionate and dedicated, trustworthy and well-organized. We have the highest praise and admiration for the work they do, and recommend them every chance we get.