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.
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!
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.
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.
As a retired member of the U.S. military that served for over 25 years, I know first hand the trauma, trials and tribulations the family of a fallen service member goes through. After the initial shock fades into the past, the reality of the loss of a parent is truly evident. The guidance, the mentoring and the positive life lessons that are provided by the surviving parent may need to be supplemented. And that is where AOAF fills the gap. By providing funding to support the passionate activities of the kids, the negative impacts of the loss of a parent can be lessened. And with positive role models and mentoring gained from the selected activities, the kids can develop into responsible, caring, and engaged adults.
Joe and Shelli Lewis are wonderful! They welcome anyone who has an idea to support their cause and offer any and all support they can imagine. I have worked several projects, for college classes, that aim at benefiting their cause and they have been extremely willing to help me as we help the children together. I would recommend this organization to anyone, especially if they are looking for a great cause to support.
Review from Guidestar
Angels of America's Fallen is an incredible organization and helps so many children and families cope after losing loved ones. The support they provide to not only the children, but the family as a whole is phenomenal! Keep up the good work!!!
I have been keeping up on what Angels of America's Fallen is doing and am amazed. The dedication and commitment to the children of our fallen from this very new but successful organization is inspiring.
This year, Girl Scout Troop #365 in Boise, Idaho teamed up with Angels of America's Fallen to earn our Bronze Award. This wonderful organization teamed us up with a special child in need of friendship and positive experiences in her life. The 11 fifth and sixth graders in this troop feel both privileged and proud to have partipated in supporting our special friend in finding happiness in her life admist so much sadness. We are thankful this organization is there to support the children of those who have given their lives for their country and to offer them a bright spot in their daily lives.
Girl Scout Leader
My daughters and I feel so fortunate to have Angels of America's Fallen in our corner. The message this organization sends to the children it serves is that they are not forgotten, that there are people out there to encourage them to pursue whatever their dreams may be. It's such a gift to have this kindness given to my children and I can't thank Shelli and Joe enough for their support. Amazing organization and outstanding people.
My wife and I have custody of a 10 year old boy, Keegan. We’ve had Keegan now for 2 years following his father’s death in March of 2012. Given all Keegan’s many issues, it’s been a mixture of joy and sorrow, ease and struggles, lot’s challenges and amazing rewarding progress. It’s always two steps up and one step back but with the help of AAF we’re making steady progress.
With our children all grown up and on their own now (the youngest of 6 is 25 years old) starting over again with Keegan has been a life changing adjustment. AAF is like a great uncle who is there to help. AAF has helped Keegan with sponsorship to summer camp last year and this coming July too. Sponsored Keegan’s membership at the YMCA and swimming lessons, and just recently helped with football registration for this coming fall.
Joe and Shelli have been great!!! Keegan is proof that AAF’s helping strategy through sports and activities that reshape young minds, build new and positive memories, and restore the child’s confidence in the community of friends and family is working.
My wife and I became guardians of a 9 year old by last year, his father was killed while on active duty on the Army. This young man has had allot of trauma in his life, abandoned by his mother, moved from state to state, school to school, it been a difficult 9 years to say the very least. One of the top priorities for us in rebuilding his shattered life is to build new memories ones that will fill his mind with happy times, a safe, stable, consistent, and loving family with great memories. AAF created the greatest time of the boys life this past summer when they sponsored him to attend a boys camp in New Hampshire for a week. Its done so much for the boy's conference, fulled him with joy and fun filled days. Administratively AAF was warm, compassionate, and easy to deal with. They took control of the situation by linking directly with the camp's administrator and took care of the arrangements. The whole event was put together is just a couple of weeks. Even after the event, Shelly and Joe still reached out to the boy sending him a welcome package (a personal letter, stickers, personalized dog tags, a cool AFF coin), welcoming him into the AFF family and letting him know his father was and is appreciated by many. They are now linked to the boy and we're looking forward to working with AAF again. Gratefully and Respectfully Submitted, Steve R, New Hampshire.
Angels of America's Fallen provides a service that the fallen military member or first responder would want to do if they were still here with their children. Once we have children our focus is almost always them. AOA does just that, provides for the children what their fallen parent would want for them. It is one of the greatest gifts we can give to anyone in this situation, the gift of love, care, positive guidance and direction. I am proud to volunteer with this organization.
The founders realized this need when serving in the military and instead of saying, we wish there was something for the kids, they took action and made it happen. They donate their time to start this organization and get it on its feet. Its volunteer base is strong and believes in what they are doing. Many children are being helped by this organization yet there are many more we need to be able to serve. Please join this great organization as its becomes strong for those that have served this GREAT NATION!
Thank you! Kristine
This organization stands firm when it comes to giving hope and showing that our families are not alone. My husband SSG Juantrea T. Bradley, was called to rest March 12, 2008. Our children have come a long way with the help of our faith and people like Joe and Shelli that care so much. They have given my children the chance to go to art camp, join the traveling lacrosse team, play flag football and my 11 year old son who has autism had music camp. All I can say is that God sends blessings right on time and I'm so glad he let them be a blessing to my children.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
AOF has been a blessing to my 4 children and lets us know others understand my husbands sacrifice along with them being survivors. My 9 year old has slept with the dogs tags they gave him along with his dads every night since getting them and wears AOF dog tags to school everyday. That is priceless! Thank you all so much!
We are so thankful for all that Angels of Americas Fallen has done for our family. They are a true blessing.
Angels of Americas Fallen has provided funding and support which has allowed my children to feel 'normal' again. They are able to develop friendships, discipline and their talents through participation in high school marching band. I am vey grateful for the recognition of the importance of these simple things in the lives of our children. What a tremendous service this organization provides for the children of the fallen.
Wonderful organization! Caring individuals and devoted Americans. Joe and Shelli are truly making a difference in so many children's' lives. A unique organization that fills the gaps on so many levels.
It is truly an honor to give to this organization! Angels of America's Fallen give whole heartedly and unselfishly to those who have endured a great loss. I truly respect that the founders of Angels of America's Fallen hold the honor of our fallen heroes so high that they have taken the task to make sure that the children are given a chance to participate in activities while also relieving some of the financial burden left to the surviving spouse. God Bless the fallen, their families, and Angels of America's Fallen.
"Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world." James 1:27. Angels of Americas Fallen is doing the work of the Lord! What an honor it is to donate to this organization! I am touched by the stories of these children who have endured such loss, and with the help from AoAF, they have been given a chance to experience a part of their childhood. I couldn't be more proud of Joe and Shelli with all of the work they're doing with AoAF!
I have to say ever since I was introduced to this organization it's been a true life saver. My husband, SPC George manis, an OIF veteran, committed suicide in 2011 and has ever changed our lives drastically. We were introduced in 2013 when they sent my two children to camp. It has not only helped me financially but helped our children flourish. I have received over the top service and would recommend it to anyone :) I can't be more grateful to have this organization come into our lives for the sake of he kids.
My husband, CH CPT Dale A Goetz, was killed August 30, 2010 along with 4 other soldiers by an IED in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Not long after, I was contacted by Joe Lewis, founder of Angels of America's Fallen. Once he learned of our loss, he immediately set out to find us and see how he and his organization could help my three boys who were left fatherless. My boys became the first recipients of Angels of Americas Fallen. They have enjoyed music lessons, swim lessons and mentoring by teachers who care thanks to the many generous donors! Most recently, our family was given a 15 passenger van for our new extended family. I remarried a widower whose wife died of breast cancer in 2011 leaving him with 7 children. We married almost one year ago and have been driving two vehicles everywhere we go together. Angels of Americas Fallen along with several other generous givers were there to support our fallen family and new extended group at the dedication in honor of Dale. I am forever grateful for these individuals whose heartbeat is to remember and serve those left behind!