The Dirt Farmer Foundation’s CAUSE it’s JULY: First Responders

The Dirt Farmer Foundation is our way of focusing the social media power of the Dirt Farmer’s community to help worthwhile charities.

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Whether natural or man-made, disasters are life-changing events that can leave lasting effects on all involved. While disaster plans rightfully focus on helping the victims of a crisis, there is another aspect of recovery to consider: Who provides support to the people on the front lines of a disaster response? Who helps the helpers? If you're looking for a way to GIVE BACK, we've compiled a list of first responder-specific charities and organizations to which you can support and donate today.

As a reminder, be aware of scams. Never give a donation over the phone. Before making an online donation, double check who's receiving your donation. And, when in doubt, give locally. Organizations like United Way, American Red Cross and The Salvation Army are all great ways to deliver emergency support to first responders in need.

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. This is likely the organization you’re most familiar with and really needs no introduction. The NLEOMF is a fantastic organization that’s been shedding light on the sacrifice of American LEOs since 1984, and relies on donations to operate. Donate here.

National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. You can give as little as $5 to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to help support families coping with the loss of a fallen firefighter. Donate here.

Companions for Heroes. C4H pairs companion animals with first responders and military personnel recovering from PTSD and other serious challenges suffered during the course of their public service.  Donate here.

First Responders Children's Foundation. The foundation works with families across the country, including police, fire, Forest Service, Border Patrol, EMS and all other forms of responders. They help provide college scholarships to children whose first responders' parents have either died in the line of duty or have become permanently disabled due to their line of work. Donate here.

Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation. The foundation, named after firefighter Stephen Siller, who died on 9/11, helps ease the financial burden of fallen responders' families by paying off their mortgages or creating trust accounts. All donations go directly to fund this initiative. Donate here.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. Through donations, the foundation helps provide much-needed equipment and resources to first responders and public safety organizations. Donate here.

Concerns of Police Survivors. C.O.P.S. provides resources to families and colleagues of police officers killed in the line of duty, including peer support, a reimbursement program for kids counseling, and school scholarships. Donate here.

The Gary Sinise Foundation. The actor perhaps most famous for his role as “Lt. Dan” in Forrest Gump has been doing great work supporting members of our military for years, but did you know his foundation also supports first responders? Its First Responders Outreach program provides equipment and training to police, fire, and EMS services. Donate here.

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation. Big Ben’s foundation is primarily focused on support for K-9 units and service dogs, providing grants to police and fire department canine units for a range of needs, including additional dogs, K-9 safety gear and training equipment. Donate here.

Cops 4 Causes. Cops 4 Causes is an organization that collectively highlights philanthropic efforts of law enforcement, including aiding the families of fallen LEOs, wounded warriors, and youth engagement initiatives. Donate here.

Operation Gratitude. This organization sends care packages to military personnel, veterans and first responders as a thank you to all of those who have bravely served our country. Donate here.

The Leary Firefighters Foundation. The foundation helps provide funding and resources to fire departments in order to obtain equipment, technology and training. Donate here.

National EMS Memorial Foundation. The purpose of the foundation is to establish a permanent EMS memorial in D.C. to honor, recognize and remember the commitment, service and sacrifice of EMS personnel who have died in the line of duty. Donate here.

NAEMT Foundation. The foundation's mission is to better the future of EMS by supporting outreach programs, providing information about EMS careers to young adults, funding EMS-related scholarships and supporting evidence-based EMS research. Donate here.

Firefighters and EMS Foundation. The foundation helps provide fire and EMS personnel with free medical and legal support services, a member line of duty death benefit, scholarship programs and it funds safety-related initiatives. Donate here.

Responder Rescue. Responder Rescue helps provide both emotional and financial assistance to any first responders who have been injured, become ill or suffered a traumatic event. Donate here.

National Volunteer Fire Council. A donation to the NVFC will help support legislative efforts, innovative programs, tools and resources to our nation's volunteer fire and EMS departments. Donate here.

Code Green Campaign. The Code Green Campaign is a first responder-oriented mental health advocacy and education organization. Donate here

Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. The Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors is a nonprofit organization that was founded by Alan Breslau, who suffered extensive burns after a commercial plane crash in 1963. The organization is dedicated to empowering individuals that have been affected by a burn injury. Donate here.

National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Santa Paula, California, was founded in 1996. The foundation's mission is to help strengthen disaster response in the U.S. by rescuing and recruiting dogs in order to partner them with firefighters to help find disaster victims. Donate here.

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