Donations to the Clackamas Emergency Services Foundation, which are tax-free, may be used in some of the following ways…
COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE FUND
For those who have experienced a fire or other tragedy, Foundation funds can provide a warm hotel room in the middle of the night, a change of clothes or necessary toiletries until other social service agencies can step in. Firefighters and police officers who respond to the emergency calls are empowered to use their discretion in identifying short-term emergency needs in their communities.
OPERATION SANTA CLAUS
During this month-long holiday toy and food drive, Clackamas fire District #1 volunteers and employees lead Santa’s fire engine parade down neighborhood streets to collect non-perishable food items, which are used to fill hundreds of food baskets for needy families, and donated new toys for children. Donated funds are used to purchase perishable items for food baskets.
ART JOHNSTON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
In 1998, a Clackamas Fire District #1 firefighter was killed in a tragic fall. In his memory, fire district employees initially established a special fund within the Foundation to assist his teenage daughter with her college education expenses. The Foundation has since built upon this effort, expanding its scope to provide scholarships each year to college students who have chosen to pursue a course of study related to emergency services professions.
HELMETS ARE COOL
This program was established to provide an instant fix when firefighters find children riding bikes, skateboards, scooters, or rollerblades without the proper head protection. The fix is to provide and fit a bike helmet, free of charge, to the child, which ultimately solves the safety concern on the spot. To date, the fire district has provided over 1,000 helmets to at-risk children. These are also available at all fire stations for children.
Automatic Defibrillators (AED) significantly increase the likelihood of survival during cardiac arrest. The Foundation supports AED use by providing funds for training local citizens and businesses.