Friends of Firefighters

Friends of Firefighters continues to meet the needs of FDNY firefighters

April 27, 2016

“Friends of Firefighters continues to grow to meet the needs of active and retired FDNY firefighters and their families.

We have greatly enhanced our accessibility, currently providing services in 9 offices throughout the 5 boroughs, as well as Long Island. In 2015, we provided 3,660 individual sessions to 284 clients through our mental health, acupuncture, and biofeedback programs, doubling the number of sessions of the previous year.

Beginning in January, we added a new branch to our peer support program called Firehouse Kitchen Talk. FKT is a monthly dinner prepared for firefighters, by firefighters. Taking place on the last Tuesday of every month at FoF’s decommissioned firehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Firehouse Kitchen Talk allows firefighters to speak candidly with their peers about various aspects of the job, from forcible entry techniques to preparing for retirement. Each talk features a presentation by a member of the FDNY community, which will lead to a forum in which all attendees are welcomed to participate, or just listen. Attached are photos of the inaugural FKT in January.

We have also had some great exposure in the past few months. Nancy Carbone, FoF's Executive Director, was featured in an Oprah Magazine article highlighting female leaders of nonprofit organizations (see below.) Due in no small part to Chive Charities and its generous donors, Friends of Firefighters has enjoyed a phenomenal period of expansion and looks forward to even more growth and continued partnership with the Chive.”