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Monthly Archives: April 2014

4/28: This Week at FoF

NEWSLETTER
Check out today’s newsletter to find out about services for Mother’s Day, our participation at the UFA Seminar in May, and more. Subscribe by filling in the form at the bottom of our website! Please note, the date for May’s On the Arm Breakfast is Wednesday, May 14 not May 15.
SERVICES
Services are offered to FDNY firefighters and their family members and are held at FoF and free of charge unless otherwise noted. Below is an overview – visit our services page for more information.

Daily:
Counseling / By appointment
We are excited to offer counseling sessions in downtown Manhattan Tuesday mornings. Please note, availability is limited so will be offered on a first come first serve basis.

Monday:
Acupuncture / 10AM – 1PM / By Appointment

Tuesday:
Biofeedback Program / 10AM – 5PM / By Appointment

Wednesday:
Acupuncture / 11AM – 4PM / By Appointment
Yoga with Felecia / 10:15-11:15AM / Drop – ins welcome / Limitless Fitness, Staten Island
Financial Guidance / 10AM – 3PM / Drop – ins and by appointment

Thursday:
Yoga with Cecilia & Friends / 7:30 – 8:30PM / Mrs. Elaine’s School of Dance, Rockaway Park

4/21: This Week at FoF

SERVICES
Services are offered to FDNY firefighters and their family members and are held at FoF and free of charge unless otherwise noted. Below is an overview – visit our services page for more information.

Daily:
Counseling / By appointment
We are excited to offer counseling sessions in downtown Manhattan Tuesday mornings. Please note, availability is limited so will be offered on a first come first serve basis.

Monday:
Acupuncture / 10AM – 1PM / By Appointment

Tuesday:
Biofeedback Program / 10AM – 5PM / By Appointment
Massage Therapy / 10AM – 1PM / By Appointment / $25/hour – last day of appointments before Siobhan’s maternity leave will be 4/22

Wednesday:
Acupuncture / 11AM – 4PM / By Appointment
Yoga with Felecia / 10:15-11:15AM / Drop – ins welcome / Limitless Fitness, Staten Island
Financial Guidance / 10AM – 3PM / Drop – ins and by appointment

Thursday:
Women’s Support Group / 11:30AM – 1PM / Drop – ins welcome
Yoga with Cecilia & Friends / 7:30 – 8:30PM / Mrs. Elaine’s School of Dance, Rockaway Park

Our Nonprofit Anniversary

This month Friends of Firefighters celebrates our 12 year anniversary of being a certified 501(c)3 nonprofit organization!

We’re proud of how far we’ve come and want you to know we could not have made it here without you. We look forward to growing even more as we continue to meet the needs of active and retired FDNY firefighters and their family members and build relationships across the country and world. Take a look at our logo from almost 12 years ago!

Help us celebrate this special 12 year anniversary by becoming a monthly sustainer at $12 a month 
Knowing that your donation is repeated monthly allows us more financial security and efficient planning. What may seem like a nominal number to you means the world to us, as every little bit counts. Our donation platform, Network for Good, makes it extremely easy to set up secure recurring donations.

Let’s make it to another 12 years together.

Wellness Provider Profile: Felecia Kutch, Yoga Teacher

Get to know the great people behind our services! This month we interviewed Felecia Kutch, one of our yoga teachers.

What is your relationship to the fire department? My husband is a FDNY firefighter.

If you were stuck on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you? Music, sunscreen, and my family.

What is your favorite thing to do in your free time? Dance and make clothes.

How did you get into your practice? As a dancer I began yoga in college and continued my practice until I decided to go to Yoga School and become a certified instructor.

What do you like about volunteering at FoF? I enjoy meeting new people and watch them enter into a new exercise program that will be beneficial to them. I like to watch them change and grow within the practice of yoga and get to know them as people and families within the department.

How can the service you provide help people? Yoga provides a way to physically reduce stress though gentle exercise and stretching. It helps strengthen the body using your own body weight and gain flexibility in a gentle way.

What do you want people to know about your program? It is important to know that I teach to beginners and beyond. I teach to whomever is in my class and try to keep the level challenging and at the same time safe for those new to yoga.

Thanks for sharing, Felecia! Felecia teaches yoga Wednesday mornings at 10:15 at Limitless Fitness Studio in Staten Island at no charge for active and retired FDNY firefighters and their family members. Learn more about all our services here. 

4/14: This Week at FoF

NEWSLETTER
In today’s newsletter you’ll read about our anniversary, meet one of our yoga teachers, and recap the Generosity Brooklyn 5K with us. Check it out here and sign up at the bottom of our website to receive these in your inbox.
SERVICES
Services are offered to FDNY firefighters and their family members and are held at FoF and free of charge unless otherwise noted. Below is an overview – visit our services page for more information.

Monday and Wednesday:
Counseling / By appointment (will resume daily next week)
We are excited to offer counseling sessions in downtown Manhattan Tuesday mornings. Please note, availability is limited so will be offered on a first come first serve basis.

Monday:
Acupuncture / 10AM – 1PM / By Appointment No acupuncture this Monday

Tuesday:
Biofeedback Program / 10AM – 5PM / By Appointment No biofeedback this week
Massage Therapy / 10AM – 1PM / By Appointment / $25/hour – last day of appointments before Siobhan’s maternity leave will be 4/22

Wednesday:
Acupuncture / 11AM – 4PM / By Appointment No acupuncture this Wednesday, sorry for the last minute cancellation
Yoga with Felecia / 10:15-11:15AM / Drop – ins welcome / Limitless Fitness, Staten Island
Financial Guidance / 10AM – 3PM / Drop – ins and by appointment

Thursday:
Yoga with Cecilia & Friends / 7:30 – 8:30PM / Mrs. Elaine’s School of Dance, Rockaway Park / Sign up by e-mailing Cecilia at yogawithcecilia@yahoo.com

4/7: This Week at FoF

COMEDY SHOW
Join us for a comedy show in support of Friends of Firefighters and other charities!

ON THE ARM BREAKFAST
Join us Wednesday, April 9 between 8-11AM for made to order breakfast prepared by retired firefighters. Breakfast is the 2nd Wednesday of every month and is open to active and retired firefighters, their family members, and FoF friends and volunteers.
SERVICES
Services are offered to FDNY firefighters and their family members and are held at FoF and free of charge unless otherwise noted. Below is an overview – visit our services page for more information.

Every Day:
Counseling / By appointment
We are excited to offer counseling sessions in downtown Manhattan Tuesday mornings. Please note, availability is limited so will be offered on a first come first serve basis.

Monday:
Acupuncture / 10AM – 1PM / By Appointment

Tuesday:
Biofeedback Program / 10AM – 5PM / By Appointment
Massage Therapy / 10AM – 1PM / By Appointment / $25/hour – last day of appointments before Siobhan’s maternity leave will be 4/22

Wednesday:
Acupuncture / 11AM – 4PM / By Appointment
Yoga with Felecia / 10:15-11:15AM / Drop – ins welcome / Limitless Fitness, Staten Island
Financial Guidance / 10AM – 3PM / Drop – ins and by appointment

Thursday:
Women’s Support Group / 11:30AM – 1PM / Drop-ins welcome
Yoga with Cecilia & Friends / 7:30 – 8:30PM / Mrs. Elaine’s School of Dance, Rockaway Park / Sign up by e-mailing Cecilia at yogawithcecilia@yahoo.com
FIREHOUSE & MEETING VISITS
Our outreach intern, massage therapist, acupuncturist, and biofeedback coach have been making brief visits to firehouses and fraternal meetings to explain their services. If your firehouse or fraternal is interested in a visit, be in touch.

Sunday 4/6: Generosity Charity 5K Walk/Run

We’re looking forward to The Generosity Series Charity 5K this Sunday, especially since the forecast calls for sunny skies with temps in the mid 50’s! It’s too late to register but it’s not too late to help FoF surpass our $5K goal by donating to our cause by searching for “Friends of Firefighters”. We would also love to see you in Prospect Park cheering all the participants on! Arrive by 8:30 AM for the warm-up with the Brooklynettes and 9:00 AM for the start. Enter the park near the Peristyle (open walled building with Greek Columns), on Parkside Avenue just past Parade Place. View the course map.