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Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Since our founding in 2010, the Catch A Lift Fund has helped thousands of post 9/11 combat Wounded Veterans all over the country start and maintain their healing process through physical fitness. By providing yearly gym memberships and state of the art gym equipment to these men and women, CAL is giving them a release from the stress of their physical and mental injuries, a place to connect with their mind and body, a way to better their lives and that of their families, and the financial help that so many wounded veterans need. With the development of our MAPS Program (Motivation Accountability and Peer Support), Veterans who have received grants through CAL are put into squads headed by a civilian or veteran volunteer leader where they are tracked, held accountable for their health, given motivational support, and are able to heal vet to vet within their squad. Catch A Lift Fund currently has over 2,500 Veterans in the program, 350+ of which are awaiting their memberships or gym equipment to be purchased by Catch A Lift so that they may begin their fitness regimen. With over 200 applications coming in each month, and most of our referrals coming from the VA and Caregiver outreach groups, the need for Catch A Lift is clear. 90% of all donations to CAL go directly to the Veteran fitness programs. Please consider donating here: www.catchaliftfund.com/donation

Results: As of April of 2016, CAL has over 2,500 veterans in our program, and this number is growing everyday as new applications continue to come in. When wounded veterans first apply to CAL, their overall feeling of wellness is an average of 3, and after 1 year in the program, they report an average of 7. Those who want to lose weight and decrease medications have reported a weight loss average of 40 lbs and a decrease in medications. CAL does not only pay for the yearly memberships or home gym equipment, but provides support and tracking through out the year to help the veterans stay on track and achieve wellness through vet to vet support and motivational accountability practices.

Target demographics: post 9/11 wounded veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2015, we provided gym memberships or home gym equipment to over 630 wounded Veterans and over 90 caregivers. In 2016, our goal is to put through approx. 840 new wounded Veterans and renew 360 wounded Veterans. We currently have over 2,500 in the program.

Geographic areas served: Anywhere in the United States

Programs: Gym memberships and in home gym equipment to veterans all over the country so that they can recover, rehabilitate, and reintegrate through physical fitness. CAL believes in empowering veterans to actively contribute to their health on a daily basis and by providing them with fitness programs that fit their needs, veterans are seeing and feeling results. Catch A Lift Fund (CAL) is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to the physical and mental recovery of America's wounded veterans. Founded in memory of Army Cpl. Chris Coffland, Catch A Lift provides any gym. Anywhere. Fitness for wounded veterans.

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153 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a Marine combat veteran and I'm a full-time student. Living on a fix budget can put a limit on some of the things you use to enjoy. For me, it was working out. When i was in the military i used the gym to help maintain my fitness level. Now i use it to help my mind and body feel strong. It helps me control some of the symptoms that comes along with PTSD. Gym memberships can be expensive, but the Catch A Lift fund made everything so easy. I am able to focus know school and still maintain my fitness level, without the financial burden. I am so thankfull for the people there who helped me. The process can take a little time, but when everything is done. It makes everything so much easier. To all of the men and women at Catch A Lift, thank you

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Rating: 5

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If this memorial fund is dedicated to the same Coffland I new in AIT, I am so happy to see this. I knew him there and he was a great guy. I was sad to find out about his death while I was in Iraq. Thanks to whoever organized this memorial fund. Whoever receives this grant, just know Coffland would have fully supported you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is not enough I can say about CAL. The equipment that I received is amazing and it has helped me tremendously. Due to PTSD and a TBI I'm not very comfortable in a gym setting unless I go early in the morning when its empty. With the equipment at my home I no excuses and I'm in a comfortable environment. I get in the garage and workout for an hour daily without any problem. I've able to drop the weight and maintain my physique in the comfort of my own home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After getting out of the Marine corps it was hard trying to find a gym or equipment that I could afford. Thanks to this awesome non profit I now keep my strength and flexibility because of the equipment that was given to me. Thanks!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Catch a Lift Fund is an awesome nonprofit organization for disabled veterans!

I am an Iraqi Freedom Army vet who struggles day to day due to PTSD. I shared my story with Catch a Lift, and they were very quick to respond. Since I struggle with being it in large and unknown crowds, Catch a Lift funded me my own personal home gym! The process was very easy! They send me daily motivation quotes, and check on me often.

Thanks to Catch a Lift, I am slowly building my confidence level while getting fit all at the same time!

I would absolutely recommend Catch a Lift as a go to company for all disabled veterans such as myself.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very well pleased with CAL. I am a wounded Iraqi Veteran. I need to exercise daily to stay fit and keep my pain to a minimum. I was able to be blessed by CAL with a total body gym. They have great customer service! Promt delivery. It's good to see a company that cares about Veterans!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a disabled combat veteran. I served two deployments to Iraq where k was injured both times. After being medically retired after my second deployment, I returned to my hometown. I withdrew myself from the world around me and let the VA feed me pills for my issues. After 4 years i got up to almost 300lbs. Living on VA disability isn't easy. Catch a Lift helped me get into a gym and gave me the tools to get back into the shape I should be in... well at least I'm getting there. And it seems as if Catch a Lift is adding something new for its members every month. And I'm very excited to get the opportunity to take advantage of the great programs and training they have to offer. I hope o way I can make an impact on the veteran community as they have made an impact in my life.

Bryan34

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was injured in Afghanistan in 2011. Medically retired and 6 years later, I was fat, out of shape and having health issues. Catch A Lift Fund has enabled me to regain control of my life and fitness. In 2 months, I've seen amazing results in my strength, endurance, and overall well being. I've become a certified CrossFit Judge, and am on my way to becoming a CrossFit Level 1 Certified trainer. They absolutely rock, and I couldn't have done it without them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great organization with a great mission.

I am a combat-wounded, medically retired OIF Veteran, who was notified of Catch A Lift by a fellow wounded Veteran. The application process was simple and straight forward, and after a few months I was notified that I would receive a one-year gym membership grant. I am now going on my second year as a Catch A Lift Veteran, and decided to volunteer as Squad Leader to provide support/mentorship to new Catch A Lift Veterans.

Their mission is very logical: basically, provide gym memberships and/or at-home gym equipment to wounded Veterans, with the resulting goal being mental/physical healing. And, it makes sense. The benefits of exercise and social activity decrease anything from weight gain to symptoms of depression. Sleep improves, medications decrease, etc., and the Veteran is improving his/her health.

One of my favorite aspects of Catch A Lift, is that there is an accountability factor to their grants. A recipient is expected to exercise at least three times per week. Progress is monitored, and each Veteran is assigned to a Squad Leader who is required to have monthly phone contacts with the Veteran. These contacts are charted by the Squad Leader, which include how the Veteran is doing, their progress, challenges, a review of their goals, etc. The Catch A Lift Veteran is not just issued a grant, they are issued a grant but are also provided actual support and encouragement during the entire time of their grant.

Receiving a Catch A Lift grant has been one of the best things that has happened to me. The organization is great, and very helping. You feel like you are part of something larger than yourself. But getting back in the gym has been the most beneficial for me. I have found that same kind of camaraderie, sense of accomplishment, support, physical activity, and sense of belonging at my gym, which I have yet to experience since leaving the military.

Donor

Rating: 5

As an active duty Air Force member I have volunteered and have seen first hand the great things CAL does. They are a great charity as they continue to grow and serve more veterans.

Fabian M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I would not be able to cope had it not been for this organization.

Nick79

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a combat wounded Marine. My wife is also a medically retired Marine, which requires me to be present with her on a consistent basis for medical reasons. Since I cannot typically spend hours a day away at the gym, Catch A Lift granted me a home gym. It has made it possible for me to stay on track physically and mentally. I am able to keep up with my physical goals without compromising my ability to be present for my wife and her medical needs. The ability to have equipment to assist in keeping fit has had a very positive impact on my life and I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity CAL has given me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm an Air Force combat veteran, medically retired after my 9th tour when I was injured in Afghanistan. Along with a lot of physical surgeries, I racked up a lot of mental injuries that were left unchecked. After I was separated I didn't just lose my job I lost my identity, sense of purpose and motivation to keep up with my former fitness routines. The military really pushes physical fitness not simply for a physically strong fishing force but a mentally strong and healthy fighting force.

To anyone in, works for, volunteers with or supports the Catch A Lift Fund, I can never express how grateful we are for this program. Without a doubt, I know Catch A Lift enhances our veterans quality of life and has made a difference to reduce the disturbing suicide epidemic our combat veterans face.

Raising a family of six, a gym membership is an intangible luxury expense our family simple cannot afford. Catch A Lift is supporting more than our veterans, it goes deeper than the veteran; since I've been able to return to the gym, my family has a happy, healthier father and our community has better member of society who now has the energy to volunteer with a couple organizations.

I take great pride being a member of the Catch A Lift program.

Joseph62

Client Served

Rating: 5

Because of CAL I was able to not only work on fitness goals but also build relationships/ friendships again. I pretty much cut the world off, but going in and being held accountable for my training forced me to engage. Thank you CAL

Michael421

Client Served

Rating: 5

Catch A lift has helped me carve out my recovery over the last year with a purely holistic, self reliant approch that stands unchanged in their dedication. Going into my second year I have the highest of goals for my own health and a proven faith in their service.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very thankful for everything they do for myself and other vets.

Mattie M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Cath A Lift Fund is one of the most amazing Non-Profit organizations that I have the pleasure of volunteering for. Their cause is amazing along with the work that they do. Its amazing to see the care and compassion they have for each individual veteran, especially the president and founder Lynn Coffland. The way that she talks to the vets and listens to their stories and helps them, you can see and hear the compassion in her voice. I always look forward to my time at Catch A Lift not only to contiune to help their cause but also because all of the people that work there are truly great people you would want to be around. I am so proud to be apart of such an amazing organization. The Catch A LIft Fund inspires me everyday.

Donor

Rating: 1

These people are liars. DO NOT DO ANY WORK FOR OR WITH THEM.

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CatchALiftFund 11/02/2016

Hello Runner12- you listed yourself as a donor- may I ask when your donation was made? I'd be happy to let you know exactly how your donation was used and what veteran it helped sponsor. If you are a Disney runner who was unable to complete your contracted fundraising agreement, I'm sorry you were unable to further benefit the lives and health of America's wounded heroes. We have hundreds of wounded veterans on our wait list and every donation given and every dollar saved is incredibly important to our charity. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us: katelyn@catchaliftfund.com Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thanks to Catch A Lift, I have the gear I need to train with right in my garage. Fitness has been my truest form of therapy on many levels, and it's great to feel the support of this organization with every workout. There are opportunities to help others within the program as well, and I hope to be a part of that soon.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Marine combat veteran battling PTSD, staying physically active is sometimes the only thing that holds me together. For me, exercise has been the single-most effective "treatment"--the one thing that actually helps me move forward. Catch A Lift gets this. Since I have difficulties being in crowded areas (especially ones with a lot of noise like a gym) the Catch A Lift program allowed me to receive exercise equipment for my own home gym. Not only do I have the equipment to workout at home now, but I feel the supported and encouraged through this service.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Outstanding group they really do care about helping us veterans. Not only do they provide the means to get physically fit they also provide support and follow up along the way to make sure that you stay on track. I am so glad that they take the time and provide such a great source of recovery for us veterans.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Catch A Lift has been great. The cost of a membership to a quality gym/athletic club is very expensive, which makes it tough for many veterans like myself on a limited budget. Catch a Lift provides the resources and support for this mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great Vet Org and really cares about the vets it helps. A lions share is the donations go back to vets!