NATCA Charitable Foundation Works Hard for Lesser-Known Charities
Friday, August 16, 2013

The NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF) has been as busy as ever this summer!  Just in time for the first day of school, NCF volunteers and NATCA members across the country have donated to backpack programs to provide much needed necessities for school age children.

“We find a charity that is looking to provide backpacks and school supplies to underprivileged children,” said NCF President Elena Nash.  “This year we’re really trying to expand our program.  In addition to giving money to charities, we’re also trying to volunteer within our communities more.”

NCF has been successful in getting involved in local organizations that need the assistance.  Lead volunteers in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Charlotte, Atlanta, Sarasota, Boston, and Indiana have all worked to fill backpacks for children this fall.

In Tampa, NATCAvists were able to garner the support of Kim Lindsey of Vector Shirts, who sold polo shirts at cost.  This enabled NCF to purchase over 150 new school uniform shirts for the Clothes for Kids charity in St. Petersburg.

Indiana NATCAvists, in conjunction with Angels Anonymous of Indiana (AAI), donated more than 120 backpacks and school supplies to “Operation Backpack,” a program that supplied these necessary items to children in four school districts in central Indiana.

AAI is a 501(c)(3) charity founded and administered by three Indianapolis Center (ZID) NATCA controllers: Marc and Wendy Schneider and Mona Freiburger.  Not only do they provide school supplies to children each autumn, AAI also provides gifts to families during the holidays.

“This was our first partnership with the NCF, and it was great,” Marc said. “I was surprised at the need, to be honest. We could have done twice what we did.  But the families we were able to help were so appreciative of the air traffic controllers, it was fantastic.”

(Above) A sampling of school supplies that NCF donated to local schools.

Once the children are back in school, NCF is moving their sights forward to gear up for the holidays.  In the past, NCF has participated in adopt-a-family programs, local food drives and wrapping presents.  

Wondering how you can help?  Below is a list of lead NATCA volunteers and programs already established:

Houston, TX area: Kristi Halseth, Child Advocate
Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX area: Elaine & Theresa Poe, Mission Arlington
Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL area: Darrell & Cathy Meachum, Clothes for Kids 
Hamlet, NC area: Kim Lindsey, Helping Hands of Hamlet

New programs:
Charlotte, NC area: Bob Szymkiewicz, First Ward Community Fund
Indianapolis, IN area: Wendy & Marc Schneider, Angels Anonymous of Indiana
Atlanta, GA area: Dawn Taylor & Terri Jeffries, Atlanta Children's Shelter
Sarasota, FL area: Phillip & Stephanie Lawrence, Family Resources
Boston area: Karen McAdam 
Northern Virginia/DC area: Yevette Woods 

If you don’t see a charity in your area, but you would like to donate to a local organization, it is very easy to do so.  Typically, NCF makes it their mission to assist smaller charities.

“We’re trying to find that niche that other charities get lost in,” said Nash.

If you know of a charity or organization that could use NCF’s assistance, the process to get started is very simple.

“[NATCA members] can come to us and request support through us,” explained Nash. “There’s a vetting process, and the board votes, then we can support the charity.”

NCF’s dedication and broad reach truly is impressive. With a 100 percent volunteer force they have kept the operating expense ratio below five percent since 1998. NCF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, and all donations are tax deductible.

Thank you to all of the NCF volunteers and NATCAvist supporters across the country.  NATCA members, let’s make this school and holiday season the best one yet for NCF!

For more information on NCF or to make a monetary donation to support their programs, please click HERE. You can even make a biweekly payroll deduction, one-time donation or general donation to support fundraising efforts!