The Coast Guard Foundation’s Shipmate Fund continues to improve morale and welfare for active duty members. As we head into the final month of 2011, we want to update our friends on the latest morale boosting projects we’ve provided the men and women of the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard Foundation Shipmate Fund continues to be the primary source of support for active duty personnel.
The fund allows the Foundation to make daily life for the brave individuals who wear the Coast Guard uniform better by providing them with fitness and recreational equipment, educational materials and other creature comforts that aren’t covered by the Coast Guard’s operating budget. In October, the Foundation ran a fundraising campaign with a $20,000 matching gift. We're proud to announce that we matched every single dollar of that generous gift, and raised funds above and beyond our goal.
The ribbon cutting ceremony at Station Thomas Point in Maryland for the brand new $15,000 basketball court, which The Foundation funded.
By year’s end, the Foundation will have provided roughly $300,000 in morale boosting initiatives. Some of these projects include providing:
- In-ground basketball hoops at Station Provincetown on Cape Cod to replace old, broken down moveable hoops. Fishing gear for the Coast Guard Cutter LINE stationed in Bayonne, N.J. The crew uses the gear on their off time to relax and build morale among shipmates.
- A heavy-duty outdoor grill system for Air Station San Francisco. The station hosts All Hands Morale Days for the 120 crew members and their family members, so the station needs a high quality grill to put out food for many people at a time.
- Brand new laptop computers and assorted hardware to outfit a long-distance learning center at Station Chetco River in Brookings, Oregon. With this equipment, the crew there can now attend online college courses. The station did not have any learning center capabilities prior to the Foundation providing this equipment.
These examples are just a small sampling of what the Foundation has done for the Coast Guard this year. The items mentioned above may seem like simple things, but for active duty personnel, these efforts make the job of defending our shores and protecting our seas that much easier. We’d like to thank everyone who donated to the Foundation’s Shipmate Fund throughout the year, and know that their contributions made a direct impact on the lives of the brave men and women of the Coast Guard.
Follow this link to see the complete list of projects being funded by the Coast Guard Foundation Shipmate Fund.