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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

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was able to benefit from the Terry Fund with a College Scholarship! I have read up on all the great things that the fund has done and continues to do all across the country from giving equipment to fire houses to helping families with medical needs. Always giving a helping a hand! GREAT!!


Client Served

Rating: 5

To whom it may concern, I am writing this letter of reccomendation for the Terry Farrell Fund. This fund has assisted many fire departments across the state in various ways and will continue to benefit those fire departments who are in need of vital equipment to function and protect their communities. Our fire district was able to benefit in the means of a boat which we had sent a request to the Terry Farrell Fund and with in a week they were able to locate one for us at no cost other than the trip down there for the pick up. Upon arrival the Fund also made sure we had the rescue ropes, cold water suits, flippers, rings, and motor to go with the boat we picked up. I feel this unit has been a great asset for our department for in the summer time when the 3 bodies of water that we cover become very busy with campers, boaters and tourists to our area in Northern New York. We would like to recommend the Terry Farrell Fund for the prestigous award and this would help the fund to assist more departments like ours who can not always purchaes items of need. Dale Barker, Past Chief Edwards Vol. Fire Dept

1 terryfund

Client Served

Rating: 5

the Terry Fund has helped small depts across the south with equipment and apparatus that would other wise be impossible for the dept. to buy. They are all volunteer and all for the fire service. It is hard to belive in this day and age that there really is a group out there that really just wants to help with no big overhead or paid staff. they have no big paper work or details just ask for help and they are there. They are the best!

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

the Terry Fund was created after the events of 9/11/01 to assist firefighters and their families with educational, medical emergency and equipment needs. Since 2004 we have granted over $600,000 in direct financial assitance and another $300,000 in surplus fire gear and apparatus.