$1 Million Grant to The First Responder Support Network

Oct. 26, 2018
Google announces a grant of $1 million to help The First Responder Support Network

In celebration of National First Responders Day, October 28, Google has announced that they will be acknowledging the extraordinary service and bravery of soldiers, EMTs, firefighters, police officers and others in public safety by providing a $1 million grant to The First Responder Support Network.

This grant will aid them to continue offering first responders resources to help those officers both on the job and off. Pat Green, FRSN.org’s executive director states, “It’s hard for a first responder to ask for help. I know this from personal experience. Together with our volunteers we provide understanding, hope, and a community of care, letting others know they don’t have to walk this journey alone."

As part of this announcement, Google's Program Manager, Crisis Connectivity Adam Berson penned a blog, published this morning, titled "How do you thank someone for saving your life?" 

Berson writes,

"Today we are granting $1 million to help the First Responder Support Network extend the reach of its programs. We will help expand its operations in Missouri, Arizona and Oregon, as well as help them open in two new locations by 2020. In addition, we will fund 80 scholarships for first responders who might not otherwise be able to attend the program.

I consider it a privilege to have worked side by side with first responders from my years as emergency medical services (EMS) volunteer to my recent work with the Google.org Crisis Connectivity program. Now I want to say thank you to first responders for all you do to keep our communities safe."

Google: Thanking First Responders

You can read Berson's full blog post at Blog.Google/outreach-initiatives/google-org/how-do-you-thank-someone-saving-your-life/.

More information on the First Responder Support Network can be found through FRSN.org.

This latest grant adds to Google's continued streak of philanthropy. Google.org, since 2005, has donated more than $50 million for 40+ natural disasters and humanitarian crises.

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