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J T Townsend Foundation Inc

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Causes: Human Services

Mission: Mission Statement The JT Townsend Foundation (JTTF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established to raise funds, provide financial assistance, and/or adaptive equipment for children and adults with disabilities. JT suffered a near fatal hit playing high school football and ended up a quadriplegic in a wheelchair. He met 2005 PLAYERS Champion-Fred Funk who built his family a wheelchair accessible home. JT had a dream. The JTTF is the Townsend family’s way of giving back to the community that so generously provided for JT after his injury. Sadly,JT passed away suddenly in June 2013 after he had successfully started his foundation. The JTTF will better many lives and provide support for important research. The Foundation operates in complete compliance with established federal and state regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, or national origin

Results: This non profit was formed in 2010 and has been able to help many people with various pieces of equipment they could not afford to have otherwise. As of spring of 2016 we have helped over 260 families with more than $520K in equipment and financial assistance.

Target demographics: People living on Florida's First Coast meeting the mission statement criteria.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 2015 we helped 65 families with more than $105,000 in adaptive equipment and financial assistance.

Geographic areas served: Florida/Georgia First Coast

Programs: We offer help to those who have been denied by insurance for pieces of adaptive equipment that can make their lives better. We also help with financial assistance for items such as IPads, ramps, adaptive strollers and activity chairs.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our beautiful 15-year-old daughter needed extra support while riding in the car because she would remove her should belt and undoubtedly a seizure was sure to happen. She was diagnosed special needs as an infant and our mission is to make life a wonderful and safe experience for her. After months of searching for a solution, we were directed to JT Townsend Foundation for assistance. WOW!!! What a wonderful experience, Ms. Carmen delivered the Churchhill Car Seat to our home and now riding in the car is a safe, fun experience for the entire family. Thank you for your service to our family and the community! My daughter and I instantly connected to Ms. Carmen's loving spirit. Words can not express our gratitude to Ms. Carmen and the JT Townsend Foundation. Thank you

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My name is Lamont Walker and I was injured while playing football in one of my old friends’ front yard. I was paralyzed in 1997 so when I heard about JT's injury I immediately felt a connection to him. I prayed for him and his family to have the courage to accept what had happened and the strength to move forward. Needless to say, my prayers were answered and they have moved forward to inspire and to help others through JT's life.

His foundation is an extension of who JT was when I had met him several years ago. He was interested in whom I was and willing to help me in any way that he could. This is why I knew that I could contact his foundation and expect to receive help. I purchased a van this year but I needed a little assistance with insurance and maintenance; therefore, I did not hesitate to reach out to the JT Townsend Foundation.

I filled out the application for assistance and Judith e-mailed me the same day. I was surprised how promptly they responded to my request but then again it is JT's foundation. In the e-mail she told me that I would receive a phone call from someone who works with the foundation and little did I know that it would be JT's mother. Ms. Carmen is one of the nicest person that I have ever met and she is representing JT very well. She was very concerned about my needs just like JT and she along with the foundation did something about it.

I am now riding in my van!

Thanks to everyone at the JT Townsend Foundation! Blessings on you all!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this charity and I love that I can see the works that they are doing. I was a friend of JT and I will continue to help his legacy in helping live on. I give to United Way every paycheck and I make sure that I give 100% to the JT Townsend foundation. The foundation does an amazing job of being consistent in the community and their efforts are wonderful. Keep up the awesome work in the community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I worked at WWP when JT interned and he was a very special person. I witnessed his selfless actions and a great moment was when he was able to give a new chair stroller to a little boy and his family so they were able to take him to the beach.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had a special needs son who passed away 10 years ago. It was always a battle to get services and equipment for him. I only wish the JT Townsend Foundation was around then. They are an awesome organization who helps so many people.

1 Tink L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

JTTF is an amazing organization which has done soo much in the Jacksonville community. Its brought us together with their events raising awareness and funds at the same time. JTTF is a key member of the First Coast Family.

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zjudes3 09/12/2013

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments! We are so happy to hear the community is behind us and wants us to keep JT Townsend's good works going. Thank you, thank you, thank you.....Judi Zitiello, Board Chair

1 theEaglesDaughter

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

JT has been my friend since High School and I am so proud of everything that he has done. A heart of gold and now an Angel.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

During a recent One Spark event I had the pleasure of meeting J.T and his mother as well as his group of volunteers. JT's life and his story has truly been life changing for me. He has given me sucha positive outlook on life. He is sweet, loving , genuine and always seems to have a smile on his face. What he is doing in our community and how he took such a trajedy in his life and turned it around for the good has truly impacted me on so many levels. JT I want to say Thank You to you personally from the bottom of my heart. After meeting you for the first time yesterday here at my place of employment The Everbank Center and literally have not been able to keep my mouth shut about you. You and I are the same age and graduated the same year and I know that in your mind at times you think life should have been different for you but God had different plans, but what you have done has truly been extraordinary and I cant say thank you enough. I have a 4 year old son who was diagnosed with Autism in May 2012, it has truly been challenging and I cannot wait for you to one day meet my little angel! I will be seeing a lot more of you as I feel I have been lead to volunteer where my time is needed. There is no greater joy than to help those in need and that is my passion! Lastly I will say congrats and Enjoy your graduation next week you are so deserving and have worked so hard!!! Much love and respect Sincerly Victoria Distefano