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Maine Fallen Heroes Foundation

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Emergency Assistance, Human Services, Humanities, Military & Veterans Organizations, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Veterans

Mission: We’re here to support Gold Star family members who have lost a loved one during combat or due to accident or illness during active duty or reserve military service since WWII. Our families come from all over Maine and embrace each other with compassion and understanding. By sharing with each other after the death of their beloved, we make life easier for survivors because we understand exactly how they feel today and how they may feel tomorrow. The Maine Fallen Heroes Foundation is one of the only organizations in the State of Maine that financially supports the families of our fallen military heroes. Our support system helps those in need of things that government benefits don’t cover and yes, there are quite a few!

Target demographics: Children & Families of our Fallen Military Heroes

Direct beneficiaries per year: (3) college students were given $1,000 college scholarships, we sent a mother & son to TAPS grief camp for children, we sent a Gold Star father to Europe to a TAPS retreat, we saved two Gold Star families in last year that would have become homeless, we have set up a Gold Star Kids Trust Fund which is growing rapidly and much more...

Geographic areas served: Maine

Programs: emergency financial assistance , college scholarships & Gold Star Kids Trust Funds. $20,000 in cash to Gold Star Kids once they reach 19 years of age.

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Matt S.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

These folks do more things in more ways than any similar organization I know.

Mary-Anne L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The passion that leadership demonstrates is unmatched. Kudos to Dean Barron for setting the bar so high.

Christina A.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband is a vet, my grandfather was a Koran war vet, my brother in law is an army vet, and my cousin is currently in the army. You guys do such an amazing job. Outstanding!

Kayla Farnum

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They have done so much for Maine's Gold Star families, it's amazing, and there is always a big event coming up to help all of these families who are facing emergencies, to send their children to college or even with day to day expenses, they work tirelessly day and night for these families.
There is also a huge emphasis on making sure these heroes are not forgotten, and that their brave sacrifice is known and honored. And they do it in a way that is respectful and dignified, I don't know an organization more worthy of recognition.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Anyone who looses a family member in active duty needs a shoulder. Death is tremendously difficult for a family to overcome. There should be more resources like Maine Fallen Heroes Foundation!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I need to resubmit. Last one had wring information.

I have told many people about MFHF here in Mississippi. I am proud to have personally known Joshua Barron and I am friends with his father Dean Barron. I proudly explain the incredible things my home state does to honor our fallen heroes and how this nonprofit isn't like some of the ones you "hear about in the news" MFHF is 100% legit and they revolve every possible event around Maines real heroes and their families left behind

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just want to say is I'm a Gold Star mother and all I can say is I have been to alot of RFTF events and have always enjoyed the event and love the way they Honor our loved ones God Bless them all for everything they do to remember our Falling Soldier's.....

1 Rebecca Q.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you to the heroes who are fulfilling their destiny as members of our armed forces and to their loving families holding down the fort at home! Your sacrifices are appreciated - your time, your missed holidays and special events, and even, unfortunately, sometimes the ultimate sacrifice of your lives! Thank you for your willingness to serve!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Maine Fallen Heroes Foundation is an exceptional nonprofit that is truly dedicated to going above and beyond to support the families of Maine's fallen, and to memorialize and remember our fallen heroes. MFHF works diligently to serve as a model to other states and nonprofits seeking to commemorate fallen heroes in a respectful and beautiful light.
I'm proud to be able to support and volunteer for this nonprofit.

1 Larry68

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ive attended many events with this organization. The time and effort from everyone involved is just amazing and, i would be honored to participate in any way i can. The love and friendships that come from such events can not be explained in words. It truly comes from the heart and souls of everyone involved , from the runners to the ladies who pass out the shirts and bracelets.The men and women who set up all the posters of our fallen heroes , to the big wigs who set it all up for us , and lets not forget the people who pick up after its all said and done . and they do this all for the love of our fallen heroes and for the family's . so i urge anyone that can contribute in any way weather it be financially, physically , mentally , or spiritually to do so , because it truly is a moving and life changing experience . a very grateful GSD

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a brother who suffered a brain injury while serving in the Army National Guard. I have looked to this organization for support and guidance. I am proud of the good work this organization is doing to support families like mine. The founder and leader of this group works tirelessly to assure that Gold Star Families are first and foremost; and they get the support they need...be it spiritually, physically and/or financially. I am proud to know the leader, volunteers and families that continue to benefit from the fine work of this organization.

1 Don_51

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is all about family. They support the Gold Star families of Maine with a run/walk in memory of their fallen, but also supply scholarships to the children of these families to assist in the continuation of their education.

I became involved first, to honor the 4 fallen from my home town. The emotion of the day, was being able to shake hands, hug, and thank those families who's member has made the ultimate sacrifice. As a Veteran, I felt their pride and there loss.

#MHANF.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the great Honor to be apart of this amazing foundation who gives Hope to Military families who have lost a loved one serving in our military and those we have lost due to PTSD and the Physical and Psychological wounds. I drive over 2 hours every year to be apart of the 5k they put on and it's truly touching. This foundation does an amazing job helping families in need and at putting together the run for the fallen; where Military Families, Veterans and Civilians can join forces by uniting together to honor, remember and give thanks to these fallen Heroes and their families. Giving Hope that people can see can change a life forever. Maine Fallen Heroes Foundation gives Hope and Light during Darkness. Together we can all do Our part toHonor and Remember our fallen Heroes and show our Respect and Support to their families so that they know their loved on is Not Forgotten. See you all in August

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I ran the road race they held last August. From the speeches to the course, volunteers and lovely meal after, I knew I was among people who care. I am beyond grateful to all who serve and it was such an honor to run this race. This WILL be a yearly event my daughter, son-in-law and I do!

1 Arthur14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks for all the hard work that goes into doing this.

1 Alley S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What an awesome organization!!! It was a tremendous honor and privilege to run the Maine Fallen Heroes Foundation Road Race. Last year, I ran the 10K. What a great way to honor the service and sacrifice of Maine's heroes and their Families. We will never forget them.

-Alley Smith, Veterans Outreach Director, Maine Team RWB

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a gold start family member, I love this Organization, Myfamily and I look forward every year for the run for the fallen. It is a time to honor and to share memories of our beloved fallen heroes.

1 Sarah356

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Maine Fallen Heros Foundation took over the Run for the Fallen and did a wonderful job. The family walk/run is VERY important to our family. Thank you.

1 Suzie10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I became involved with this foundation a year or so ago. It is uplifting to see the love and kindness shared among strangers when all they have in common to start is loss, sorrow, and heartache. This foundation gives people hope. Gold Star families can talk with other families and friends. They share laughs, tears, and a lifetime of friendship. I am a supporter of the foundation as a whole and quite a few of the families as individuals.

2 irenemeastman

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having been on the Ground Floor with this Non-profit, since the beginning, I can Honestly Say that EVERYTHING is Done with Passion & Commitment from the Heart of a Father in Honor of his Son, and Sharing that Personal Loss with Others who Know his Pain.
As the Aunt of a Fallen Soldier I Appreciate how This Non-profit desires to Create a Common Bond with All other Gold Star Families. A Place to Share, Care, Cry, Heal & Connect.
God Bless the Maine Fallen Heroes Foundation and All who are Impacted by this Non-profit !!