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Friends of Firefighters receives a grant from the Motorola Foundation

Friends of Firefighters has received a grant for $5,000 from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc. Through the grant, FoF will be able to continue its support of the FDNY community through confidential counseling and wellness services for FDNY firefighters and their families.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations like FoF, which support and advance public safety programs and technology & engineering education initiatives. This year, programs that served underrepresented populations, including females, people with disabilities and veterans were prioritized.

Quote: Nancy Carbone, Founder and Executive Director of Friends of Firefighters thanks Motorola Foundation: “Support from foundations like Motorola Solutions affirms our mission and work. This grant will go directly to supporting the provision of mental health services and educational seminars to the firefighter community the way in which we believe they should be provided: by a team of professional staff sensitive to, and knowledgeable about, the firefighter culture, free of charge, and with complete confidentiality in a firehouse setting.”

This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help over 2 million students, teachers, first responders, and community members across the United States. Each participant will receive an average of 186 programming hours from its partner non-profit organizations and institutions. Programs will support special populations including: females, underrepresented minorities, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, people with disabilities, and veterans.

“Motorola Solutions Foundation is proud to support the work of Friends of Firefighters. As a leading technology company that supports the safety of communities worldwide, we know how important it is to educate tomorrow’s technology professionals as well as enlighten civilians and first responders on today’s safety needs,” said Matt Blakely, executive […]

August’s Firehouse Kitchen Talk to feature Michael Barasch of Barasch, McGarry, Salzman, and Penson

Monday, July 31st: This week at FoF

This week’s services include:

Counseling: In all five boroughs and Long Island
Biofeedback: Wednesdays in our Red Hook Brooklyn office
Financial Guidance: Flexible scheduling – please contact us to set up an appointment
Peer support: Flexible times and locations; contact us and we will set you up with a peer who can provide guidance
Yoga: Available in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Rockaways.

Reminder: We will be closed on Fridays for the months of July and August. Wishing everyone a great and relaxing summer!

FoF Yoga in Manhattan – Next 3 Thursdays on the Upper East Side

Good news for our friends uptown! Crystal Fenton, certified yoga instructor and provider of FoF’s weekly Tuesday yoga session in Manhattan, will be hosting yoga sessions on the Upper East Side for the next 3 Thursdays at 7:30PM. It will take place at lululemon athletica, 1146 Madison Avenue (at E. 85th Street), New York, NY 10028.

July’s Firehouse Kitchen Talk to feature members of the FDNY Field Communications Team

Members of the FDNY Field Communications team will be giving us a unique look at how Field Comm units operate at the scene of multiple alarms, major emergencies, and special events. They will also share ways in which an Officer can improve communication at such scenes and are bringing one of the FDNYs newest Seagrave Field Comm units for display.

Rockaway yoga – new location and time

Yoga in the Rockaways is back! We’d like to give a big thank you to Cecilia Rudden, our volunteer yoga instructor, and to Rockaway Love for generously donating the use of their space!

FoF now offers Yoga in Manhattan!

We are excited to announce a new location for walk-in yoga: lululemon athletica in Manhattan near Union Square! Crystal Fenton, yoga instructor, comes to us with plenty of experience, having worked with NFL athletes and UFC fighters. She is now offering her services free of charge to all active and retired FDNY firefighters and your families. Feel free to drop in!

FoF thanks the Gary Sinise Foundation for their continued support of our Firehouse Kitchen Talk series!

Our Firehouse Kitchen Talk series has been in full swing – in the last two weeks we have had two delicious and informative installments, having heard from a panel of FDNY firefighters and officers sharing and debating techniques to battle wind-driven fires, and retired Chief Vinny Dunn discussing private dwelling battlespace tactics. We thank the Gary Sinise Foundation for enabling these talks to continue!

Chief Vinny Dunn discusses private dwelling battlespace techniques on Tuesday, June 6th.

Tony and Pete, our resident chefs, serve chicken cutlets and salad.

FoF thanks Staten Island Borough President for facilitating an office at the Staten Island Advance!

FoF is extremely grateful to Staten Island Borough President James Oddo for facilitating our use of an office at the Staten Island Advance on W. Fingerboard Road! Thanks to the BP and the SI Advance, we can offer convenient counseling to the many members of the FDNY firefighter community who live on Staten Island.

Kristina Hamilton, LCSW, will be available on Staten Island on Mondays and Tuesdays 9-5PM. Contact us for more info or to schedule an appointment!

Photos from today’s BTIG Charity Day!