For more than 76 years, Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Southern Arizona (JFCS), a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization, has provided responsive, quality, personalized behavioral healthcare and social services to children, families and adults without regard to race, gender, age, ethnicity, religion or income.
In support of their mission, Bank of Tucson recently made a $5,000 donation to JFCS for its First Responders Counseling Program, which provides confidential 24-hour therapeutic counseling to our community’s firefighters, police officers and other first-responders along with their families—at no cost to them.
According to JFCS, more than 700 first responders in Tucson respond to more than 80,000 calls every year. “First responders work long hours, face frequent danger and witness countless traumatizing events,” said Carlos Hernández, President & CEO of JFCS. “At JFCS, we recognize the urgency and need to provide confidential counseling with the goal of helping these brave men and women to cope and reduce personal and family stress.”
Bank of Tucson has actively supported many nonprofits in the Tucson community, including other emergency support services through the Tucson Police Foundation and Red Cross blood drives. We are also committed to perpetuating quality, accessible services to Tucson’s children and families.
“In light of recent incidents involving firefighters and their families, we want to do everything we can to help and hopefully prevent these tragic events from happening,” said Mike Hannley, President & CEO of Bank of Tucson.
In our community, we are fortunate to have many additional resources available to Tucson firefighters, including (compiled by the Tucson Fire Department):
- Tucson Fire Department Mental Health Program
- City of Tucson Employee Assistance Program services
- Patricia Haynes from Well America/Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
- Shoshana Elkins, Sequoia Springs Counseling Center
- International Association of Firefighters (IAFF), Center for Excellence for Behavior Health Treatment and Recovery (inpatient treatment)
- Scott McKinney, Tucson Fire Department Chaplain
- Mike Coyle, Tucson Fire Department Chaplain
- Captain John Gulotta, Department Health and Safety Program Coordinator Tucson Police Department
- Axes and Arms National Suicide Prevention hotline
- Tucson Community-wide crisis line
Community heroes don’t always get the accolades they deserve, including those men and women who risk their lives to help others. When Bank of Tucson staffers Karen Martin, who has law enforcement officers in her family, and Ken Krapf, who serves on the board of Tucson Police Foundation, teamed up to show support for our local police officers, the rest of our office was quick to lend them a hand.
Karen and Ken proposed “Survival Kits” for the officers with sweet treats that would represent the admirable traits and actions police officers are expected to have and so valiantly demonstrate. The duo quickly raised almost $400 from individual contributions throughout their office, which allowed them to purchase supplies for 990 kits.
Several employees volunteered their time to assemble the kits, which the staff then delivered to five police substations and the 911 Communications Center. Each kit contained candy and a card with the following message:
To remind you of the many times you’ve been one
To give you wisdom for those split-second decisions
To help everyone stick together
You have to roll with the punches
To remind you that laughter is a great stress reliever
Thank you for everything you do for Tucson!
From the Employees of the Bank of Tucson
“The looks on their faces when we delivered the kits were amazing,” said Karen. Ken added, “They were so excited that the employees of the bank would take the time to do such a project.”
We received a wonderful, hand-written note from the Assistant Chief thanking us for supporting the officers and staff. Needless to say, our contribution pales in comparison to what these professionals are willing to do every day to keep Tucson and its people safe. We’re so glad we could make this small gesture to recognize such wonderful community heroes.
Earlier this season, the Tucson Police Foundation held its First Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Randolph Golf Course, with proceeds benefitting the Tucson Police Foundation and the Tucson Police Honor Guard Unit.
Bank of Tucson and our Senior VP Ken Krapf have a long history of supporting the Tucson Police Department, and Ken is a long-standing Board Member for the department’s Foundation.
When asked if Bank of Tucson would provide sponsorship for the Tucson Police Foundation, that answer was easy – a resounding YES! We sponsored a foursome as well as a hole-in-one cash prize of $5,000.
To everyone’s surprise, we had a winner! Detective Henry Martinez of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department got a hole in one on the 17th hole! Ken and the Bank of Tucson team knew someone had won when they heard boisterous shouting and congratulating.
Detective Martinez couldn’t have been happier and expressed his gratitude to our bank President Michael Hannley when presented with the $5,000 check.
The Tucson Police Foundation was founded in 2003. It is an independent, non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to fostering public safety through community building, education and outreach. In concert with the Tucson Police Department, the foundation works with a range of community safety advocates to develop and implement public safety and crime prevention programs.
While the city budget provides the necessary resources to fund the operations of the Tucson Police Department, a number of important community programs have been threatened or cut due to lack of funding. The foundation was created as a catalyst in responding to this threat, so that no innovative program would be left behind.
Congratulations again, Detective Martinez, and also to the Tucson Police Foundation for a memorable golf tournament and all of the great work that you do. We’re looking forward to next year.
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