Team Fisher House is a program dedicated to raising money for the Fisher House foundation. Many different companies and groups sponsor the foundation but the funds raised by the Team Fisher House program make a significant contribution and it makes the great work the foundation provides possible.
The foundation began in 1990 and works to support the American military and provides help for both the troops and their families. The foundation donates comfort homes that are built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. This allows families to be close to the troops whilst still being safe and comfortable, completely free of charge. The program serves over 17,000 families every year and this number reached 19,000 in 2012. On top of all this work, the foundation administers scholarships to military children and co-sponsors the Newman’s Own award.
Cathy Cabrey and Stacy Toner established the Team Fisher House program in 2006. They carry out many fundraising events to try and encourage people to donate to this worthwhile cause. They organize events themselves and make it easy for others to create their own events and raise funds in their community.
One of the main events they organize is a marathon in different areas. This is an appropriate activity as the money raised goes to support people who have sacrificed a lot and push themselves to their physical limits, so it makes sense for fundraisers to take part in an event that will push them. Money comes from a registration fee and the amount of donations participants receive from their friends and families for completing this feat. They take place in a number of different locations so as many people as possible can get involved and make a difference. There are event training calendars to ensure that all participants are ready for the physical challenge they will face by running a marathon.
Team Fisher House is now equipped with an online donation platform to make donating to the cause even easier. Anyone can hold a community fundraising event, which can involve holding a raffle or carrying out sponsored activities. The program will provide anyone holding one of these events with team gear so they can get the foundation’s name out and people will know what they are raising money for.
There are options to donate, sponsor or volunteer your time and effort, all of which is a big help and is very much appreciated. Volunteers are in high demand as this not for profit organization has a small staff and all efforts go towards helping members of the marine corps, the navy, the air force and the army. It is also easy to donate; either to particular volunteers whose work for the program you really admire, or to specific events that you want to support. Finally, there is also the option for any organizations to sponsor Team Fisher House. Money contributions can always be put to good use but there are also other opportunities to help, such as advertising or providing food and drink at events, so it is definitely worth looking in to.
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