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.