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The Terry Farrell Firefighters Scholarship Fund Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Disaster Aid, Education, Philanthropy, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid

Mission: we are the only fund avaialble to firefighters to assist the firefighter and family for reasons not covered during the course of employment or membership within a volunteer organization

Programs: Special grants were awarded to various fire departments throught the county. Equipment grants: requests for assistance with the purchase of fire service equipment, apparatus, protective clothing or tools may be made to the fund by fire departments on department letterhead and signed by the chief of the requesting department. The amount of each grant award is at the sole discretion of the board of directors and requires a majority of the vote eligible members. Emergency response team: the fund is staffed by firefighters and trained first responders who assist and respond to natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes and tornedos wherever they may occur. The fund has responded to hurricanes as far south as alabama and more recently had crews continually working for months during the recovery efforts of hurricane (superstorm) sandy.

special grants were made to firefighters and their families throught the country. Scholarships: are awarded to children of firefighters who attend vocational or parochial school. Upon submission of a written application detailing their parents duty status within the fire service, the age of the student, the grade entering in fall of coming school year and contact information, scholarships are awarded pursuant to a lottery drawing held at the office of the fund on the first sunday in august of each scholarship year. Scholarship amounts are made at the sole discretion of the board of directors. Medical emergency grants: in the event a firefighter or member of firefighter's family becomes ill, disabled or incapacitated, the fund, upon written request from the firefighter or firefighter's family member and supported by medical documentation, affect a financial grant to assist the requesting fire service member. Such grant amounts are the sole discretion of the board of directors and require a majority of voting members to approve.

training grants and recruitment grants: the fund assists fire departments and communities upon request with first responder and emergency training grants for those areas that do not have the financial resources to properly train their first responders. The fund also gives assistance to fire department to use for recruitment of membership within their community.

Community Stories

63 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Bob_25

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Terry Farrell Fund has been very generous with scholarships. In addition to the numerous other activities, they contact. They operate using volunteers so all of the donations go to scholarships and other activities. They also provide supplies to departments that are not able to afford them. Numerous department have received their assistance. They also support Explorer and juniors posts with donated equipment.

Previous Stories

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Farrell Fund provides scholarships and used fire equipment to those who can not afford it. No one involved in the organization is paid. 100% of the donations is used to support the funds activities. What other group has such dedicated supporters. The amount of work they do is incredible

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Terry Farrell Firefighters Scholarship Fund is one of the finest non profits I have ever encountered. They epitomize charity and the good of our community. Just like FF Farrell often came to the rescue of many, the Foundation that bears his name does the same. The Terry Farrell Firefighter Fund was at the front lines in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and assisted countless Fire Departments by providing them with necessary equipment to continue protecting their communities even in the face of devastation. The love, generosity and good work of the Terry Fund has expanded Nationwide because of the unparalleled commitment that organizers and volunteers exhibit each day. God bless everyone at the Terry Farrell Fund.

-Anthony P. D'Esposito

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Terry Farrell is a great organization to work with. From a corporate position we did fundraising with and for them and were always impressed with their devotion to the fire service, firefighters and firefighters families.

I highly recommend supporting the Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund.

Jeff Clohessy

Explorers

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Terry Fund has been very supportive of our Fire Explorer Program and has made gear available to us on two occasions allowing us to outfit all of our kids in bunker gear. They are easy to work with and are wonderful folks. We are forever grateful for all that they do. Thank you from the Stoneham Fire Explorer Program, Stoneham, Massachusetts.

1 Scott64

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Terry Farrell fund heard about my Fire Depts struggles and immediately began trying to contact us. When I first spoke with them they asked "What do you guys need help with".....My answer was "EVERYTHING". My dept is located in the center of Detroit. We are very busy and VERY underfunded. We have been living in a 40,000sq Ft warehouse for the past 8 years because our fire station was condemned. We have no heat, no AC, no windows, roaches in the kitchen, and almost impossible to keep clean. Pretty much everything we use for daily living has to be thrown away and repurchased out of our own pockets before we move into our FEMA funded station that is currently being built. None of us have that kind of money. We already buy our own cleaning supplies.
Terry Farrell fund stepped up and took a HUGE weight off our shoulders by sending us 10 brand new beds and very nice recliners so that we have a place to rest on our down time. These things were going to be the most expensive out of the things we needed to supply for ourselves. We are all incredibly grateful and not even sure how we can properly thank the people at the Terry Farrell fund.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an amazing and GIVING organization that exists to serve fire departments and firefighters who need help - and fast. I am amazed every time I hear about another one of their selfless exchanges of equipment or vehicles that helps an emergency service agency better serve their community provided by this group that only exists to serve. I strongly support and encourage others to support the Terry Farrell fund - because you'll be helping so many others!

Volunteer

Rating: 5


I've observed first hand the work that is done by this organization. No group works harder for Fire Departments, the Fire Fighter or their families. When you support the "Terry Fund" you support the entire Fire Service Community.

Donor

Rating: 5

an amazing effort by this group throughout the Hurricaner affected area.

Donor

Rating: 5

this is the group to support. While FEMA and the Red Cross were trying to find Long Island the Terry Fund was out getting supplies to all that needed them. Thank you Terry Farrell firefighters Fund

Lisa186

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been involved with this charity for about three years and have made it the key charity for our business. Our entire organization (150 people) are honored to be associated with the great deeds the Terry Farrell Fund puts forward. We most especially applaud the hard work that Chris Hill, Shawn Duncan, Brian Bush and Dan Santillanes (just to name a few!) have put into this organization. The stories of needs for our selfless professional and volunteer firefighters are overwhelming. We truly appreciate their fearless works and are appreciative that we can give back to them in some small way! Xo, Lisa & Mark Voss/Colorado Kilts, LLC

Donor

Rating: 5

have followed them for the past few years and watched them grow. A really great organization that does amazing things to help first responders.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

a great organization helping so many. 100% all volunteer and they work really hard to help all first responders

Donor

Rating: 5

JUST SAW THESE GUYS WORKING ALL DAY IN BREEZY POINT NY WHERE 130 HOMES WERE LOST TO THE SANDY STORM. THEY WERE THERE WITH BLANETS AND COTS AND ALL THE FIRE GEAR NEEDED TO GET THE DEPARTMENTS IN THAT AREA UP AND RUNNING. THIS IS A GREAT CHARITY AND GREAT GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS. YOU SHOULD GO TO THE WBSITE TERRYFUND.ORG AND BUY A SHIRT OR MAKE A DONATION

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i work hard with this group because they work hard to help so many. And no one gets paid. Now what is better than that.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Terry Farrell Fund is an amazing non profit! They assist firefighters and their families with educational, equipment, and medical needs. Because all of their members are volunteer, almost 100% goes back into the community, assisting these individuals when it is needed most. I have been at several fundraisers for this group. I also have seen how their financial, as well as, moral support has helped firefighters who have been injured on the job. It is awesome to see the passion and heart they have for helping others in need. They give back to those who give so freely and selflessly to their communities. This is why I will continue to support the Terry Farrell Fund any way I can.

Donor

Rating: 5

this is one of the good guy funds that help people without takng for themselves. I will always support the Terry Fund

Donor

Rating: 5

i supoort this fund because they work hard to help firefighters and no one takes any salary. what comes in goes out to help those in need. A great organization

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Terry Farrell Firefighter Fund is one the best non for profit fund there is. I have volunteer for this group many time over the past 4 years. They support fallen firefighters and thier familys. Nobody in this group get paid, they are a all volunteer group. The fund is definitely worth supporting.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i HAVE WATCHED THIS fUND GROW FROM A SMALL SCHOARSHIP TO A NATIONAL GROUP HELPING FIREFIGHTERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. THEY HAVE TAKEN SO MUCH SORROW AND TURNED IT INTO A VERY GOOD THING. THANK YOU

Donor

Rating: 5

hello. My husband brought me to an event in brentwood. we had a blast; it was reassuring to see that these people cared about the cause they were promoting. wonderful people! great cause!