In 2014 we provided over $20,000 in crucial funding to organizations that enriched the lives of more than 100,000 service members living and serving on military bases in 6 states. We made these gifts in honor of the then 11 Shelter Island School Alumni actively serving in the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard at those bases.
The U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation‘s (FMWR) programs, services and activities offer Soldiers and Families opportunities to enrich their lives culturally and creatively through youth programs, recreation, sports, entertainment, travel and leisure activities and more. In 2014 the foundation supported 3 FMWRs in honor of 4 Shelter Islanders.
FORT DRUM, NY: Home of the most deployed division of the Army, 19,605 service members, 19,810 family members and Private Tyler Geehreng (Class of 2012) and Specialist Dustin Mulcahy (Class of 2010). Funding will help underwrite an Adirondack lodge style facility with a game room, full kitchen, movie theater screening room, WIFI internet and computes, and a fenced in outdoor area with BBQ grills and picnic pavilion.
JOINT BASE LEWIS–McCHORD, WA: Home to 39,590 service members, 52, 973 family members, and Specialist Sam Clark (Class of 2010) who recently returned from deployment to Begram Afghanistan. Funding will help underwrite Warrior Transition program which provides primary medical care and nurse case management for soldiers to establish conditions for their healing and to promote their timely return to the force or successful transition to becoming civilian veterans.
JOINT BASE LANGLEY–EUSTIS, VA: Home to 8,000 service members, 10,000 family members, and Private Shane Corbett (Class of 2010). Funding will help underwrite family appreciation night and annual Mardi Gras and Oktoberfest celebrations.
The Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) programs and services provide for Marines and their families, wherever they are stationed, such as food and clothing, social and recreational, and prevention and intervention. In 2014 the foundation supported MCCS in honor of 4 Shelter Islanders.
CAMP LEJEUNE, NC: Home of the largest Marine Corps base on the East Coast, 1st Lieutenant Sean Clark (Class of 2011), wife Mallory (Class of 2009), and newborn son Colton Joseph; Lance Corporal Mitchell Clark (Class of 2013), Private Nathan Mundy (Class of 2014), and 2nd Lieutenant Morgan Waddington (Class of 2009). Funding will help underwrite first-class entertainment for the annual July 4th celebration which is attended by 140,000 active duty service members, family members, and retirees who comprise the greater Camp Lejeune community.
The Airman & Family Readiness Center (AFRC) supports individuals, families, and leadership with programs and services to strengthen communities, encourage self-sufficiency, enhance mission readiness and ease adaptation to the Air Force way of life. The center serves singles, couples and families alike. In 2014 the foundation supported 2 AFRCs in honor of 2 Shelter Islanders.
MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, MT: Home to 3,146 service members, 3,137 family members, and Airman First Class Louis Toth (Class of 2008), wife Katie and Baby Toth due in September. Funding will help underwrite annual holiday party and summer picnic. Both events provide free food, games for children, and door prizes for attendees.
POPE FIELD, NC: Home to 2,500 service members, 4,235 family members, and Staff Sargent Jeremy Schmid (Class of 2008). Funding will help underwrite the “bundles for babies” program, which provides free baby supplies including diapers, blankets, bottles and more to parents.