2022 Annual Appeal

 

Dear Friends of the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc,

 

I have BIG NEWS for you.  Your donations to the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc, are helping support Connecticut service members and their families, who are struggling with financial insecurity.  

Every day, more generous people, like you – from around Connecticut, and beyond – are making a difference in the lives of our soldiers, airmen and their families.  For many of these service members, it’s because generous donors have come together to support the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc for decades.  

Many of our service members who are struggling find it hard to ask for help.  The mindset and culture within the military community is to “tough it out” and things will work themselves out.  But this is not always the case, especially for those members who have young families.  They cannot afford to ignore their problems when they have spouses and children, they are responsible for.  Your donations will help us help them.

Will you join our family of donors, so we can continue to support and help these families in crisis?  Your gift today of $25, $50, $100 or $1,000, helps us continue in our mission of providing financial assistance to our military members and families.  

In the past two years, the financial impact of the pandemic and multiple overseas deployments, has led to an enormous increase of requests for help, and depletion of our unrestricted funds.   We are asking you to help us build it back up. 

            Unrestricted funds are critical because they go wherever the need is the greatest.  For example, unrestricted funds can provide assistance with weekly care and emergency relief (including food & clothing); paying rent, mortgage interest and utilities; medical expenses and some dental expenses; eye examination and eye glasses; audiological examination and hearing aids; funeral expenses; home health care; yearly scholarships. 

This is why I hope you will continue to help our service members and their families with a gift to the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc.  When you do, you are making a difference in the lives of our soldiers and airman.

We take seriously our obligation to ensure your donations are used wisely. Our grants are not a “free ride”, given to just anyone who has a story.  We thoroughly screen all applications to ensure that the money you donate, goes to those who most deserve it.  Oftentimes we find that there are other agencies and programs, whether they be federal, state or non-profit, that can better serve our members in need.  Only when these applicants have fully exhausted all other programs, do we commit your donations – we are the charity of last resort.  

I hope you will continue your support of the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc by making a tax-deductible donation during this year’s annual appeal.  I know there are many worthy charities, and I want to thank you for continuing to support us, and the service members and families we support. 

In order for us to assist these families, we need your help.  Our hope is to continue to support our Guard family as long as the need exists, but we cannot do it alone.  We need your help.  Won’t you please consider making a donation to the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc?  Contributions can be made by check, credit card, PayPal, and now Venmo.  You can donate by check or credit card, by using the enclosed reply card and envelope, or for PayPal by going to our website at www.ctngfi.org and clicking on the “how to help tab” and then the donate button.  To donate by Venmo use our account name:  @ctngfi.  If you are using Venmo, please be sure to provide your name, address and/or email and cell number for proper acknowledgement of your donation.  

With your gift today, no matter how large or small, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your donation will help those most in need.  

This is the season for giving thanks ... and in that spirit, thank you for all you do for our Foundation.   Please send your most generous gift today.

 

Sincerely,

 

Christopher Mackenzie

Chief Warrant Officer Four (Retired)

President

 

 

FOUNDATION MISSION:

To provide temporary family assistance and support for members of the Organized Militia and National Guard of Connecticut consistent with its exclusive charitable and educational purposes.

Thank you to some of our generous donors and sponsors

The Connecticcut National Guard Foundation, Inc is fortunate to be supported by so many private and corporate donors.  Two recent donations, from the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, Chapter 31-1 and the Summer Knights Car Club are sincerely appreciated.  Were it not for such dedicated sponsors, the CTNGFI could not accomplish it's mission of helping service members and their families who are experiencing financial hardships.

 

 
The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, Chapter 31-1, presented a $5,000 check to the CTNGFI on September 22, 2022.  Present, from left to right are:  John Godburn, Executive Director CTNGFI;  Linda Rolstone, CTNG Servicemember and Family Support Center;  Jeremiah Farren, Treasurer of CVMA Ch 31-1;  Alex Young CVMA Ch 31-2;  Carlos Rosario CVMA Ch 31-1;  and MG Fran Evon, Adjutant General CT National Guard.  

 

Members of the Summer Knights Car Club along with the Senior Leadership of the CT National Guard, and members of the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc, are pictured in front of the Hartford Armory on September 20, 2022, for a check presentation.   Pictured here, Gerald "Jerry" Veronesi (on right) is presenting a $1,000 check to Chris Mackenzie, President of the CTNGFI.   
 

ABOUT OUR FOUNDATION

The Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc. is a private nonprofit corporation organized to for the purpose of providing temporary financial assistance for Connecticut National Guard and Organized Militia members, and families who are in need.

The fund provides benefits such as clothing, food, medical and surgical aid, and general care and relief.

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