TD Charitable Foundation Contributes to Guard Support FRG Program

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August 29, 2011
The TD Charitable Foundation and TD Bank Financial Group provided a $6,000 contribution to Guard Support's Family Readiness Group grant program. Guard Support is the only organization in Massachusetts that provides start-up and ongoing grant funding for National Guard FRGs.

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The late summer and early fall 2011 contributions from TD Charitable Foundation and TD Bank Financial Group will help provide much needed funding for Guard Support's Family Readiness Group grant program during our current fiscal year (7/1/11-6/30/12).

To date, Guard Support has provided nearly $70,000 in Family Readiness Group grants to 90 family support groups. Guard Support is the only organization in Massachusetts that provides start-up and ongoing grant funding to National Guard FRGs.

National Guard families in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts are isolated from other military families. Unlike other military branches that have bases, National Guard families don’t benefit from base support groups and base family services, or from the strong military community prevalent on base. This makes the deployment of a spouse or parent all the more difficult for the families.

Grants are awarded to unit Family Support Groups to help Guard families that are left behind cope with deployment. Funds are used for support group administration, meetings, educational programs, send-off ceremonies and homecoming celebrations, and events for the children. To date, over 25% of Guard Support’s grants disbursed have been for Family Readiness Group (FRG) funding.

Family Readiness Groups are family support groups that provide assistance to military and family members before, during and after family separation. When National Guard members are mobilized or are far away for training, families are placed in a highly stressful situation. Family Support Groups provide an effective means of supporting families and reducing trauma and stress. They assist in preventing problems that may affect families as a result of their spouse’s separation due to mobilization, deployment, or training.

Unit commanders have attested to how Guard Support’s grant funding of FRGs strengthens family support systems. (More testimonials at: http://www.guardsupport.org/testimonials/).

“I would like to thank Guard Support for the grants to the Family Readiness Groups of the 379th Engineers Detachment 1 Company. In a time when budgets are constrained and tightening daily, it's refreshing to know that an organization understands the needs of the families struggling through the deployment of loved ones. The knowledge that our loved ones will be looked after in our absence is as crucial to a unit's morale as food and pay. This grant will help to enable our soldiers to focus on completing the tasks at hand and our ultimate objective to complete the mission and return home safely to our waiting families.”
— Captain Christopher Furlong, Commander, 379th Engineers Detachment 1 Co.

Since 2007, Guard Support has helped thousands of Guard members and their families by disbursing nearly 400 grants which provided Emergency Financial Relief to Guard members and their families, funding for unit Family Readiness Groups that provide support to Guard families coping with the deployment of a spouse or parent and Transportation on Leave Subsidies to deployed Guardsmen so that they can visit their families at no out-of-pocket cost.


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