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First Responders Children’s Foundation and CSX Partner to Provide Scholarships to Children of First Responders

Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted through July 1, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 12, 2019

NEW YORK, April 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With partnership funding from CSX, the First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF), a nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that the children of first responders receive the resources necessary to help them thrive, is proud to announce that additional scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year are now available for eligible candidates nationwide.
“We know all too well the sacrifice first responder families make to ensure our safety and that of our communities,” said FRCF Co-Executive Director Dawne Troupe. “With CSX, we have a shared mission to give back to our heroes of tomorrow, by offering critical support to help them pursue their education and their dreams.” 

Scholarships are awarded to children of first responders pursuing an undergraduate education who have demonstrated not only academic merit but community leadership and extracurricular achievement as well. Since 2006, FRCF has awarded more than $780,000 through 320 college scholarships and emergency grants to first responder families and departments across 37 states.
To expand the reach and resources for students, FRCF recently partnered with CSX, a leading supplier of freight transportation, as part of its new CSX Pride in Service initiative, which aims to connect first responders, service members and their families to the resources and support they need – when and where they need it. FRCF is working closely with CSX to achieve their goal of impacting more than 100,000 heroes and their families within the next two years.

“We are proud to partner with the First Responders Children’s Foundation to recognize the next generation of our community’s heroes. As an employer of 3,700 first responders, veterans and active duty military, we see the impact service men and women have in our communities every day. With the sacrifices – including injuries and tragedies – many of these families endure, we are just so thankful to be able to support these children who are so deserving of a hand up,” said Bryan Tucker, Vice President, Corporate Communications, CSX.
FRCF’s partnership with CSX also includes emergency grants bestowed to first responder children whose parent lost their life or became disabled in the line of duty, as well as industry grants for public safety education and child safety needs. FRCF is proud to be working alongside Blue Star Families, Operation Gratitude, Operation Homefront, and Wounded Warrior Project to help achieve CSX’s goal.
Qualified candidates can learn more and apply at www.firstresponderkids.org/scholarships. Scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and the annual deadline to apply is July 1.

About First Responder Children’s Foundation
The First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF) is committed to ensuring that the children of first responders receive the resources necessary to help them thrive and become the heroes of tomorrow. Understanding the sacrifice first responder families make to ensure our safety, FRCF provides strategic support through scholarships and grants, while hosting family-friendly events to help establish support networks for first responder families nationwide. More information on FRCF is available at www.firstresponderkids.org.

About CSX
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For nearly 190 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation’s economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike. More information about CSX Corporation and its subsidiaries is available at www.csx.com.

Media Contact:
Joanna Black
646-912-2681
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Scholarship Contact:
Dawne Troupe
Co-Executive Director

First Responders Children’s Foundation
646-822-4236
contact@firstresponderkids.org
firstresponderkids.org

FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NATIONWIDE SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN OF ALL FIRST RESPONDERS—THE HEROES OF TOMORROW

Expansion Includes Greater Opportunities For Supporters, New Event Programming, Board Appointments And Revamped Website

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 2, 2019

NEW YORK, New York — The First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF), an organization committed to ensuring that the children of first responders receive the resources necessary to help them thrive, has today announced the launch of a broader scope of the organization’s reach and mission. This strategic expansion includes scholarship and grant opportunities being made available nationwide, new event programming including the Spring Benefit, a volunteer ambassador program to encourage regional support, and a revamped website and branding.

Since being formed in 2002, FRCF has supported families of first responders lost or injured in the line of duty by way of college scholarships, emergency grants and family-friendly events such as its signature Thanksgiving Breakfast held annually alongside the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in New York. In its nineteenth year, the organization will now support the children of all first responders on a national scale with an updated mission of ensuring that they receive the resources necessary to help them thrive and become the heroes of tomorrow.

Each year an average of 200 first responders perish from fatal occupational injuries, and thousands become permanently disabled, rendering them unable to provide for their families,” said FRCF Founder Alfred Kahn. “We understand the sacrifices first responder families make to ensure our safety, which is why we’re proud to expand our scholarship and grant offerings across the country through the support of our generous partners.”

A strategic plan is in place to positively impact the lives of first responder children nationwide. This plan includes expanding the reach of scholarships and grants to include all states, debuting a new website at www.firstresponderkids.org, and launching an ambassador program that enlists the aid of regional supporters to raise awareness of the organization’s mission and offerings on a local level. In the spirit of this mission, FRCF will host a Spring Benefit at the Central Park Zoo on May 18, 2019, welcoming both adults and children to participate in the day’s festivities. The organization also welcomes Jillian Crane as President of The Board (President, CraneKahn) and Commissioner (Ret.) Daniel L. Stewart as Vice President of The Board (Business Development Manager, Cisco Systems).  

Understanding the broader sacrifices first responder families make to ensure our safety, FRCF is working with departments, businesses, and community organizations to reach children in need of strategic funding, while building a support network of local first responder communities. To date, FRCF has awarded more than $780,000 through 320 college scholarships and emergency grants to first responder families and departments across 37 states. With support from partners including CSX, additional scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year are now available for eligible candidates nationwide through July 1.

More information on FRCF, including the Spring Benefit and scholarship application process, is available at www.firstresponderkids.org.

About the First Responder Children’s Foundation

The First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF) is committed to ensuring that the children of first responders receive the resources necessary to help them thrive and become the heroes of tomorrow. Understanding the sacrifices first responder families make to ensure our safety, FRCF provides strategic support through scholarships and grants, while hosting family-friendly events to help establish support networks for first responder families nationwide. More information on FRCF is available at www.firstresponderkids.org.

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FIRST RESPONDERS CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION LAUNCHES PARTNERSHIP WITH CSX TRANSPORTATION TO PROVIDE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS AND FUNDING TO THE FIRST RESPONDER COMMUNITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 11, 2018

NEW YORK, New York — The First Responders Children’s Foundation, a non-profit established in 2002 dedicated to supporting the families of first responders that are permanently disabled or have died in the line of duty, is proud to launch a new partnership with CSX as part of its CSX Pride in Service initiative. CSX announced the partnership at a launch event on Friday, November 9, 2018, at the company’s headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida.

Co-Executive Director Melinda Donio stated, in reference to the initiative, “We are excited to be selected as a partner on this initiative to work with veterans, active duty military, and first responders, in addition to their families. The event on Friday was an amazing way for us to meet some of the employees of CSX and to engage with them directly on the issues that affect the children of first responders.” 

At the launch event, Chase Yancey, First Responder Children’s Foundation scholarship recipient and a freshman at the Tennessee Technological University, shared his personal story about his father, the former Deputy of the Scott County Sheriff’s Department. On November 28, 2003 Yancey’s father was killed in the line of duty.  Donio and Co-Executive Director, Dawne Troupe, expressed that Yancey’s testimonial was reaffirming and empowering of the efforts the foundation has accomplished to date.

CSX’s goal is to positively impact more than 100,000 heroes and their families over the next two years. The First Responders Children’s Foundation is honored to be serving alongside Blue Star Families, Operation Gratitude, Operation Homefront, and Wounded Warrior Project to achieve CSX’s goal.

The Foundation is aligning its goals with the mission of CSX Pride in Service, which aims to connect heroes and their families to their neighbors, resources, support and honor. Troupe said, “The hardships of losing a loved one causes immediate needs for a family’s finances, emotional well-being, and stability. These immediate needs bridge across both the first responder and veteran communities. The collective impact of this endeavor with CSX is a testament to highlighting our heroes and how their families are always serving a greater cause and we are indebted to them for their service.”

In working with CSX Transportation, the foundation will grow its scholarship and grant programs. Donio stated, “In activating the new CSX partnership, the foundation will add a new scholarship: the CSX College Scholarship. Also, we will establish new industry and family assistance grants with the CSX funding. In addition to bolstering scholarship and grant programs, the collaboration with CSX helps the foundation fund community safety education programs and create new community outreach programs over the next two years.”

In the 16 years since the First Responders Children’s Foundation was established, the responsibilities put upon our uniformed heroes have grown exponentially. We work with families and agencies across the country, including police and fire departments, the DEA, FBI, Homeland Security, Secret Service, Forest Service, Border Patrol, Court Officers, EMS and all other forms of first responders to support and uplift first responder families should tragedy strike. We are keenly aware that the impact of the loss or injury of a parent can last a lifetime. First responders count on us to put their families first in times of need – just as they put all of us first every time they go to work.

About the First Responder Children’s Foundation

The First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF) is committed to ensuring that the children of first responders receive the resources necessary to help them thrive and become the heroes of tomorrow. Understanding the sacrifices first responder families make to ensure our safety, FRCF provides strategic support through scholarships and grants, while hosting family-friendly events to help establish support networks for first responder families nationwide. More information on FRCF is available at www.firstresponderkids.org.