2021 Annual Appeal

 

Dear Friends of the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc, 

 

            As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us look forward to everything the holiday brings.  It’s a chance to gather with friends and family, make memories, and give thanks around the table. 

   But this year, Thanksgiving will feel very different for some of our Connecticut National Guard service members and families.  

             For many of our members, financial hardship means their tables will be bare.  They are not looking forward to the holiday; they are wondering if they will have the money to feed their family or pay their mortgage or rent.  

             That 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, like “Tom”.  

            “Tom” was a deployed service member and father of two children.  While deployed, his family lost everything due to a massive house fire.   Fortunately, no one was injured, but all they escaped with were the clothes they were wearing.  But because of the generosity of donors like you, the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc, was able to immediately give them a check, along with gift cards, to help them survive the first few days after their devastating loss.  

            I am happy to report that “Tom” and his family are doing better.  They have found temporary housing, neighbors and the local community provided assistance, the children are back in school, and the family is regaining stability in their lives.   

            You can feel proud, knowing that your contributions to the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc, made it possible for us to give “Tom” and his family the immediate financial assistance they needed in those critical first hours after the fire.  

            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. 

            Every year is different, not knowing how many of our service members and families are struggling, or how many requests for assistance we will receive.  These past two years have been especially challenging, with the COVID-19 pandemic and increased deployments.  Our Connecticut guardsman are not immune from these influences, and last year we awarded close to $60,000 in grants.  

             In addition to our grants, I am happy to report that the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc awarded $22,000 in scholarships for the current 2021 – 2022 academic year.    These scholarships went to our service members, their spouses and/or children, helping them achieve their educational goals.   Just another example of how your continued support allows us to serve our constituents.   

            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?  You can donate by check or credit card, using the enclosed reply card and envelope, or by going to our website at www.ctngfi.org and clicking on the donate button.   

            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

 

              

 

 

CTNGFI Annual Appeal Letter

 

 

 

CONNECTICUT NATIONAL GUARD FOUNDATION INC
360 Broad Street
Hartford, Connecticut, 06105-3795

November 11, 2020

 

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc.

What an extraordinary year this has been. Who could have imagined on January 1, 2020, how our state, country, and world would be upended by this pandemic? On behalf of our Officers and Board of Directors, I hope that this letter finds you, your family, and friends all safe and well.

During this time, your Connecticut National Guard airmen and soldiers have been hard at work, helping to protect us from the ravages of this pandemic. Nearly 1,000 guardsmen and women were activated to help the State of Connecticut in its fight against COVID-19, performing such missions as erecting mobile hospitals, delivering protective gear, inspecting nursing homes, mobile COVID testing, and so much more. And while doing all this, they continued to also train for and perform their federal missions. We owe so much to these brave men and women.

Yet, even during this pandemic, our service members are preparing to deploy. The past few years we have seen lower levels of Connecticut National Guard servicemembers deployed, but this is about to change. Over the next two years, more than 1,000 servicemembers are deploying. They will be supporting missions in such countries and locations as Africa, Jordan, Kuwait, Kosovo, Poland, and Guantanamo Bay.

Past experience has shown us that many of our deployed service members and their families struggle financially during these deployments. In addition to these families, we are also witnessing an increase in assistance requests as a result of the COVID pandemic. In a typical year, the Foundation supports between 90 – 100 requests for financial assistance. So far this year, we have received well over 200 requests for help, and the year is not yet over. With deployments on the rise and no end in sight to the pandemic, we fear this demand for help, will not only continue, but will increase. We need your help.

The Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc was established on March 18th, 2003 and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation fully recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. We provide temporary financial assistance, in the form of grants, for members of the Connecticut National Guard and Organized Militia, Retirees, and Family Readiness Groups. The Foundation has also established annual educational scholarships for Connecticut National Guard members, their spouses and children, and children of Connecticut National Guard Retirees.

We rely entirely on donations, and some fundraising events to support our service members in need. Our grants are used to provide immediate, emergency financial aid such as, but not limited to; weekly care and emergency relief, food assistance, rent or mortgage payments, utilities, home health care, and some medical expenses and funeral expenses.

So, once again, we humbly seek your support as we begin our Annual Campaign. We ask that you take a moment to consider making a tax-deductible donation to the CTNGFI this year and spreading the word so that we may continue assisting service members and their families who are in need. Simply place your check in the envelope provided and return it as soon as you can. For your convenience, we also offer a credit card payment option. You can also donate by going to our website at www.ctngfi.org and clicking on the donate button. This is one tangible way you can give back to those who have selflessly given to us the priceless gift of freedom.

In order for us to assist these families during their time of need, 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. Won’t you please consider making a donation to the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc? Your contribution is fully tax deductible and helps so many. Whether your contribution is $5 or $1,000, because the Foundation is made up entirely of volunteers, nearly all of the monies raised go directly to support our mission.

I hope that you, your family and friends are all safe as possible and I thank you for taking the time to read this. I wouldn’t be writing to you right now if it weren’t so important.

In closing, please accept the thanks of the entire Board of Directors of the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc and the gratitude of those who have benefitted from your generosity. Remember, your contribution, no matter how large or small, helps so many.

 

Sincerely,

John Godburn
Executive Director