Red, White, & Q Fund: 2020 Program Summary

 

In it’s third year the Red, White, & Q Fund raised a total of $15,038.

Those funds were distributed to eight Central Ohio based charities that support Veteran’s, Active Military, First Responders, and their families.   In 2020 the program was supported by a total of 1,460 produced on-air promos that included partnership mentions of the 2020 Pillar Sponsors: Raising Canes, Equitable Mortgage, The Waterworks, and Byers Dublin Mazda Subaru (Q4 only).  

 

2020 RED, WHITE, & Q FUND GRANT RECIPIENTS

Plain Township/ New Albany Firefighters Foundation: Received $2,000

Shawn Stauffer: fyrdog121@yahoo.com

The Plain Township New Albany Firefighters Foundation (NAFF) was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2017. The mission of the NAFF is to honor and support their proud firefighter brotherhood and all first responders providing resources, scholarships, and assistance to the community and fire families. On Sunday, March 12, 2017, the firefighters of Plain Township New Albany lost a beloved brother of the department – David “Beau” Schoener. To honor Beau and help raise money for Beau’s young son Jake, the fire department held an inaugural golf event. Thanks to sponsorships and generous support from the community, the department raised over $45,000. Building on that success, the department established NAFF to not only help Beau’s son Jake but to also build a legacy that will positively impact the lives of community members and first responder families in the future. The foundation also started a scholarship for students interested in pursuing a career as a firefighter or in emergency services.

 

America’s Freedom Lodge: Received $2,000

Rebekah Garno: rebekah@americasfreedomlodge.org

America’s Freedom Lodge (AFL), located in east central Ohio, is a non-profit 501(c) (3), all volunteer, charitable organization dedicated to serving our Nation’s disabled veterans by getting them into the outdoors. They do this primarily through hunting and fishing events, such as a week-long archery deer hunt, a spring turkey hunt, and a bass fishing event in late spring/early summer. These events are provided at no cost to the vets. All meals, lodging, licenses, and processing fees are funded through donations (both financial and goods and services) as well as our own fund raising efforts. Founded in 2007, we are entering our 12th year of operation and have served over 200 veterans from 25 different states.

 

The Overwatch Partnership: Received $2,000

Mike Rodgers: rogers.michaelt@gmail.com

The Overwatch Partnership is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides mentoring and career development support to the veteran community, while supporting local veteran hiring advocacy efforts. We support the transition to civilian employment for veterans by providing a network of mentors and human resource professionals to enable an improved career transition, while enhancing veteran hiring efforts for organizations in the community and creating a social network of veterans and non-veterans alike. Since thier inception, they’ve supported over 75 veteran Mentees through mentorship and job placement.

 

Buckeye Military Moms: Received $2,000

Diana Vance: president.OH9@bluestarmothers.us

Buckeye Military Moms is the Central Ohio chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. They are mothers of service men and women of all branches of the U.S. Military, many of whom currently serve. They are a non-profit 501(c)3 service organization supporting our troops, our veterans, and promoting patriotism.  They work together to support each other, their children, and all members of the military community through:

  • Care packages for the deployed
  • Community outreach programs
  • Honor Flight homecomings
  • Veterans’ programs
  • Educational programs
  • Active Duty Troops
  • VA hospitals, medical centers and clinics
  • Ceremonies, dedications and remembrances
  • Central Ohio Veterans Stand Down

 

Military Veteran’s Resource Center: Received $2,000

Len Proper- Executive Director: krystle.proper@milvetsrc.org

For nearly twenty years, Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) has helped veterans regain the self-reliance, independence and self-confidence they felt as a service member.

They recognize that the transition from military service to civilian life often is difficult. Their goal is to help veterans identify and overcome the barriers that are holding them back from the life they want. They help veterans develop self-reliance and independence by providing access to the resources they need to successfully manage their lives.

 

Veteran Companion Animal Services: Received $1,000

Heather Lane: heather.lane@vcascharity.org

The mission of Veteran Companion Animal Services is to enrich the lives of veterans, military families and dogs through the many benefits of the human-animal bond. VCAS does this through a rescue dog placement program and a dog training program. The rescue dog placement program matches rescue dogs with veterans and covers all costs (food, supplies, training, and veterinary care) for the first year. Both programs are open to veterans throughout central Ohio.

 

 

Adaptive Sports Connection: Received $4,000

Sharon Schreiber: sharon@adaptivesportsconnection.org

Adaptive Sports Connection is dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing for veterans, children, and adults with disabilities. Over the past 10 years, they have provided over 1000 wounded warriors and their families opportunities to participate in adaptive sports such as kayaking, cycling, mountain biking, water skiing, snow skiing, fishing, and sailing. The impact is well-documented in studies showing increased productivity and employment, health and over wellbeing. Through the funding from the Red, White, & Q Fund they’ll be able to purchase an Adaptive Mountain Bike and build a Bike Shed at Alum Creek for the Mountain Bike Program.  They hope to build their Veteran Mountain Bike program to be an inclusive activity for all veterans and active military.

 

Box 15: Received $3,000

Brett Barber: brett.barber@box15.org

Box 15, an all-volunteer group, that provides, at no charge, on-scene hydration, nutrition, inclement weather shelter, core temperature stabilization and hazard decontamination for local fire & law enforcement personnel at major fires, hazmat incidents or other long-term deployments. They also provide assistance and comfort for the military veterans parade organizers as well as certain other public safety activities. As such, they seek donations from a variety of sources in order to provide consumable products and to maintain their fleet of three response vehicles. They serve all public safety personnel in Franklin, Delaware and portions of Fairfield County. Box 15 was organized in 1947 and has never charged for their services.

 

2020 RED, WHITE, & Q PROGRAMS

  • Revision Gives Back: During the month of July the Red, White, & Q Fund partnered with Revision Lasik and Cataract Surgery’s Revision Gives Back program to continue our mission of supporting Central Ohio’s Veterans and Active Military. Every donation made to the Red, White, & Q Fund during the month of July was matched up to $1,000 by the Revision Gives Back program and donated to The Overwatch Partnership; an organization that provides mentoring and career development support to the veteran community. This campaign raised $2,000.
  • Lion’s Den Program: During the month of October Qfm96 listeners were encouraged to call in to the Torg & Elliott morning show and use the morning shows catchphrase. Each time the catchphrase was used $5 from The Lion’s Den was donated to the Red, White, & Q Fund. Listeners used the catchphrase 500 times raising $2,500 for the fund.
  • Red,White, & Q On-Line Auction: Qfm96 conducted an on-line auction where listeners could bid on a variety of items to help raise funds for the Red, White, & Q Fund. Autographed items from sports teams, bands, and more were available. We raised a total of $1,500 through the 2020 auction.
  •  Red, White, & Q Radiothon: Friday November 6th 2020, Qfm96 conducted it’s 3rd Red, White, & Q On-Air Radiothon. The day featured stories, interviews, and “virtual” check presentations, with all the charities who received grants in 2020 as well as our 2020 Pillar Sponsors. The Radiothon put a spotlight on these charities bringing awareness to their causes and the difference they are making in the lives of veterans, first responders, and active military members.