Assistance to CG families during shutdown
I received the email below from a sailing club.
Note that the CG can accept gift cards ($20) diirectly and, apparently, if the cards are not from a single source (i.e., a club, organization, company, etc.) but are individual donations, they can be distributed by local units on a "need" basis (rather than sharing equally.)
What with funding artists and lawyers and the Foundation being put out of business, there probably won't be any safety-net checks mailed from One Trump Tower.
So if you care to help/donate to the CG directly, contact your local unit (I haven't corroborated the info below.)
See how to contact your CG unit below Diane's email.
From The Commodore- Diane xxxxx
TO LOCATE the address/phone of your nearest CG unit:
> click on the District for your area (e.g., District 5 - Portsmouth VA)
> click on the CG District UNITS link (left panel.)
Each District page is a little different, but locate the Sector (used to be called "Group" if you're more used to that term) (e.g., Sector DelBay), or whichever CG Station, Unit you want to, to get the contact address/phone (NON-emergency one!!).
Obviously, there could be Coasties in need in both Sector offices and more local Station offices.
NOTE that some units may be co-located, for instance: CG Sector Buffalo and CG Station Buffalo are at the same location (different buildings) and have different Coasties and different phone numbers.
A donation may also be made to the USCG Chief Petty Officers Association for distribution to Coasties in any USCGCOPA Chapter.
Chapter contacts are here:
Per the President (of USCGCPOA, not the Donald) most CPOA chapters are distributing donations directly to Coasties in need, per below:
From: Randy Reid
Yes, you can send to one area if you like. Here’s a link to our Chapters. Please feel free to reach out to the one closest to you.
Most Chapters are donating directly to the families in need.
Randy Reid, USCG (ret)
U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association &
5520-G Hempstead Way
Springfield, VA 22151
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Confirmation that ANYONE (eg, an organization) can donate to USCGCPOA for distribution "by need" so going that route rather then the CG directly it doesn't need to be by "an individual."
Update re: a donation to the CGCPOA. Once a donation is made it’s their property ie, you cannot designate that it be used in any particular area. For instance, made to the Buffalo office (eastern Great Lakes CPOA chapter) it wil be shared across the whole region.