One hundred years ago, on August 15, 1901 fire chiefs from the States of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia met in Chambersburg, PA for the purpose of adopting a uniform hose coupling and to develop a mutual aid system along the Cumberland Valley Railroad. General Boyd, a retired member of the Union Army and a principal of the railroad, called the meeting to improve fire protection in the towns that lay along the railroad. Stretching from Harrisburg, PA to Harrisonburg, VA, the Cumberland Valley Railroad served as an artery for trade between the four states through which its rights-of-way traverse.
National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to honor America’s fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the non-profit Foundation has developed and expanded programs that fulfill that mandate. Our mission is to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes and to provide resources to assist their survivors in rebuilding their lives.
National Volunteer Fire Council
The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is the leading nonprofit membership association representing the interests of the volunteer fire, EMS, and rescue services. The NVFC serves as the voice of the volunteer in the national arena and provides critical resources, programs, education, and advocacy for first responders across the nation.
The Big Brothers Big Sisters strive to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a considerable impact on children’s lives.
Books Through Bars was founded in the late 1980s and is assisting in the education and rehabilitation of prisoners through distributing free educational materials.
The Boys & Girls Club of Trenton & Mercer County mission is to motivate and encourage all children, especially those from deprived circumstances to understand their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.
Twilight Wish Foundation is a non-profit organization in Doylestown, PA that makes every effort to enrich the lives of senior citizens that have served others.
Ronald McDonald House Charities is working to better the lives of children around the world by creating and supporting programs that improve the health of children.
Wounded EOD Warrior Foundation is a non-profit organization that offers relief for military families taking care of an injured family member at a military medical facility. An assortment of donations have been used for plane fare, accommodations, food vouchers, childcare, mortgage and rent assistance and other relevant travel expenses.
The National Children’s Cancer Society serves as a financial, emotional, educational and medical resource for those in need at every stage of their illness and recovery. In the United States, we ease the financial burdens that accompany major illness; give crucial support and comfort; and address the challenges of survivorship. Abroad, we provide lifesaving pharmaceutical drugs, medical supplies and equipment to facilities that treat children with cancer.
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