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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Support FoF Through Charity 5K Race

Generosity Brooklyn is a multi-charity 5K that will take place, rain or shine, in Brooklyn’s historic Prospect Park on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Bib pick-up begins at 7:30 am and the event kicks off at 9:00 am with a warm-up and stretch with the Brooklynettes.

With your support we raised over $5,000 last year and had a blast  doing it! We encourage you to join us this year by signing up to run/walk or by contributing to the cause. Funds raised will allow us to continue to offer independent, confidential, and free counseling and wellness services to active and retired FDNY firefighters and their families.

WAYS TO PARTICIPATE:

RUN OR WALK on behalf of FoF. Sign up here as an individual or start your own team. Please note there is a $20 registration fee and a $200 fundraising minimum per person. Generosity Brooklyn gives you fundraising tips and we are also here to help. Last year one participant sent out a short fundraising email to her network and by the end of the day had already raised $375! Remember that every little bit counts.

DONATE to the cause: Click here and search for ”Friends of Firefighters” under “Search by supported charity”. No matter which participant’s fundraising page you donate to, all funds are directed to FoF and our mission.

CHEER the participants on: Join us in Prospect Park on March 29. Course map here.

VOLUNTEER at the event:
– Man the FoF table from 7AM-10:30AM (this can be split into shifts)
– Hand out medals to FoF participants as they cross the finish line. This volunteer is asked to arrive before 9AM.

PROMOTE: Encourage your friends and family to run, walk, donate, cheer, volunteer, and/or promote as well!

Monday, February 23: This Week at FoF

SURVEY & CONTEST
Friends of Firefighters is dedicated to meeting the mental health and wellness needs of active and retired FDNY firefighters and your family members. In order to serve you better, we ask you to participate in a brief, anonymous survey related to current and potential new services.

All participants who choose to leave their email address in question 10 will be automatically entered to win a Friends of Firefighters merchandise goodie bag!

Get started here.
SERVICES
Services are offered to FDNY firefighters and their family members free of charge in all 5 boroughs. Below is an overview by day – visit our services page for more information.

DAILY:
Counseling / Brooklyn / By appointment
Internet Counseling Program / Accessible from anywhere at any time
On the Line / Accessible from anywhere at any time
Peer Support Program / Contact FoF to be connected

MONDAY:
Acupuncture / Brooklyn / 10AM – 4PM / By Appointment
Biofeedback / 10AM – 3PM / Brooklyn / By Appointment
Counseling / Staten Island / 11AM – 6PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Queens / 11AM – 5PM / By Appointment
Women’s Support Group / Staten Island / 4PM / By Appointment

TUESDAY:
Biofeedback / 10AM – 3PM / Brooklyn / By Appointment
Counseling / Staten Island / 10AM – 6PM / By Appointment

WEDNESDAY:
Acupuncture / 10AM – 4PM / Brooklyn / By Appointment
Acupuncture / 10AM – 1PM / Staten Island / By Appointment
Yoga with Cecilia & Friends / Rockaway Park / 7:30 – 8:30PM
Financial Guidance / Brooklyn / 10AM – 3PM / Drop – ins and by appointment
Counseling / Bronx / 10AM – 4PM / By Appointment

THURSDAY:
Acupuncture / Manhattan / 10AM – 7PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Queens / 9AM – 5PM / By Appointment
Yoga with Felecia / Staten Island / 10:15 – 11:15AM (will be moving to Wednesdays beginning 3/4)

FRIDAY:
Biofeedback / Manhattan […]

Kid Friendly Services

Friends of Firefighters provides a number of services for active and retired FDNY firefighters and your family, kids included. Some services are more kid friendly than others, so we compiled information to help you make the best decision when it comes to your child’s mental health and wellness. For appointments or more information, contact us directly.

COUNSELING can be beneficial for children & teens. Getting help early can work to prevent further problems later.

Reasons why parents may seek Counseling for their children include:

•Self-esteem issues
•Identity issues
•Loss of a friend or family
•Trauma
•Depression or anxiety
•Difficulties in school
•Self-destructive and/or impulsive behaviors
•Relationship problems (within family or with peers)

Read more about important factors such as feelings & behavior, the parents’ role, confidentiality, and time commitment here.

BIOFEEDBACK is a powerful mind-body training that teaches adults and children (age 6+) to use their minds to regulate their bodies.

Reasons why parents may seek Biofeedback for their children include:

•Attention & attention disorders
•Anxiety
•Panic attacks
•Low test & school performance
•Sleep issues
•Anger management
•Asthma

Read more about important factors such as non-invasiveness, age appropriateness, and how it works here.

ACUPUNCTURE Most practitioners will agree that Acupuncture treats a wide range of imbalances in children; as it does in adults.

Reasons why parents may seek Acupuncture for their children include:
•Gastrointestinal upsets and pains
•High school age sports injuries
•Allergies
•Asthma
•Anxiety
•Night terrors and other sleep issues
•ADD & ADHD
•Chronic colds and infections

Read more about important factors such as alternatives to needles and parent involvement here.

Wednesday, February 18: This Week at FoF

CLOSED MONDAY & TUESDAY
Friends of Firefighters was closed Monday in observance of President’s Day and Tuesday to attend the funeral of Kenny Pogan, retired FDNY.
NEWSLETTER
This week’s newsletter covers kid friendly services and tax help. View it here and sign up at the bottom of our website to receive these to your inbox!
SURVEY & CONTEST
Friends of Firefighters is dedicated to meeting the mental health and wellness needs of active and retired FDNY firefighters and your family members. In order to serve you better, we ask you to participate in a brief, anonymous survey related to current and potential new services.

All participants who choose to leave their email address in question 10 will be automatically entered to win a Friends of Firefighters merchandise goodie bag!

Get started here.
SERVICES
Services are offered to FDNY firefighters and their family members free of charge in all 5 boroughs. Below is an overview by day – visit our services page for more information.

DAILY:
Counseling / Brooklyn / By appointment
Internet Counseling Program / Accessible from anywhere at any time
On the Line / Accessible from anywhere at any time
Peer Support Program / Contact FoF to be connected

WEDNESDAY:
Acupuncture / 10AM – 4PM / Brooklyn / By Appointment
Acupuncture / 10AM – 1PM / Staten Island / By Appointment
Yoga with Cecilia & Friends / Rockaway Park / 7:30 – 8:30PM
Financial Guidance / Brooklyn / 10AM – 3PM / Drop – ins and by appointment
Counseling / Bronx / 10AM – 4PM / By Appointment

THURSDAY:
Acupuncture / Manhattan / 10AM – 7PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Queens / 9AM – 5PM / By Appointment
Yoga with Felecia / Staten Island / 10:15 – 11:15AM

FRIDAY:
Biofeedback / Manhattan / 10AM – 1PM / By Appointment
Acupuncture / Staten Island / 10AM – 1PM / By Appointment (NEW!)

Closed Monday 2/16 & Tuesday 2/17

Friends of Firefighters will be closed Monday, 2/16 in observance of President’s Day, and Tuesday, 2/17 in order to attend the funeral of Kenny Pogan, retired FDNY.
If you find yourself in crisis, call our 24/7 Crisis Hotline at 1-866-339-7717.

Kenny Pogan

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Kenny Pogan, retired FDNY firefighter and part of the Friends of Firefighters family. Kenny passed away Tuesday night in his sleep. A regular in firehouses since he was a kid, Kenny retired from Squad 1 with 33 years on the job. He helped things run smoothly at FoF, especially when it came to advising us on firehouse renovation accuracy and educating us on FDNY history. His contagious laugh and sweet demeanor will be missed dearly.

Arrangements in Staten Island: Wake will be held Sun & Mon from 2-4PM & 7-9PM at Harmon Funeral Home, funeral will be held Tues at 10AM at Blessed Sacrament Church.
 

SURVEY & CONTEST

SURVEY & CONTEST
Friends of Firefighters is dedicated to meeting the mental health and wellness needs of active and retired FDNY firefighters and your family members. In order to serve you better, we ask you to participate in a brief, anonymous survey related to current and potential new services.

All participants who choose to leave their email address in question 10 will be automatically entered to win a Friends of Firefighters merchandise goodie bag!

Get started here.

Free Tax Review & Discounted Tax Preparation

Free Tax Review & Discounted Tax Preparation
Tax season is upon us – the deadline for individuals to file their taxes is 4/15/15.

Our financial guidance counselor, Karen Donnelly, will review your taxes and tax information for free at Friends of Firefighters as part of our Financial Guidance Program. Karen is offering Friends of Firefighters clients a discount on tax preparation as well.

Karen, who is VITA/TCE (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Tax Counseling) certified and the brother of a FDNY Fire Marshal, has over 20 years of experience in tax preparation, and will make sure that you get all the credits and deductions that you are entitled to.

Monday, February 9: This Week at FoF

ON THE ARM BREAKFAST / WEDNESDAY
Join us this Wednesday for our monthly On the Arm Breakfast, held the second Wednesday of each month for active and retired FDNY firefighters and your family members. Drop by FoF in Brooklyn between 8-11AM for a made to order breakfast, prepared by retired firefighters.
SURVEY & CONTEST
Friends of Firefighters is dedicated to meeting the mental health and wellness needs of active and retired FDNY firefighters and your family members. In order to serve you better, we ask you to participate in a brief, anonymous survey related to current and potential new services.

All participants who choose to leave their email address in question 10 will be automatically entered to win a Friends of Firefighters merchandise goodie bag!

Get started here.
SERVICES
Services are offered to FDNY firefighters and their family members free of charge in all 5 boroughs. Below is an overview by day – visit our services page for more information.

DAILY:
Counseling / Brooklyn / By appointment
Internet Counseling Program / Accessible from anywhere at any time
On the Line / Accessible from anywhere at any time
Peer Support Program / Contact FoF to be connected

MONDAY:
Acupuncture / Brooklyn / 10AM – 4PM / By Appointment
Biofeedback / 10AM – 3PM / Brooklyn / By Appointment
Counseling / Staten Island / 11AM – 6PM / By Appointment
Counseling / Queens / 11AM – 5PM / By Appointment
Women’s Support Group / Staten Island / 4PM / By Appointment

TUESDAY:
Biofeedback / 10AM – 3PM / Brooklyn / By Appointment
Counseling / Staten Island / 11AM – 6PM / By Appointment

WEDNESDAY:
Acupuncture / 10AM – 4PM / Brooklyn / By Appointment
Acupuncture / 10AM – 1PM / Staten Island / By Appointment
Yoga with Cecilia & Friends / Rockaway Park / 7:30 – 8:30PM
Financial Guidance / Brooklyn / 10AM […]

Monday 2/2: Closing Early

Due to the weather conditions and icy roads in NY, the Friends of Firefighters office is closing early today. We advise you to take caution and follow these safety tips from the FDNY.