About First Responders Foundation
The mission of the First Responders Foundation is to serve and honor all our First Responders, Veterans, and their families, build appreciation and respect for their work, and enhance public safety.
Our 2025 Vision:
- By 2025, be an organization critical to the maintenance and enhancement of public safety in our communities. To serve as a recognized social impact organization supporting First Responders, Veterans, and families.
- This will be accomplished by providing caring support to communities and offering tailored individual and family wellness programs and services for First Responders, Veterans and their families.
- By 2030 critical services will expand programs and services through Chapter representation in multiple states and national strategic collaborations and alliances.
The First Responders Foundation supports Law enforcement, Firefighters, Dispatchers, EMTs, Medical Personnel, and Veterans.
Programming includes behavioral health services, physical fitness programs and classes, med management, and more, to serve and honor first responders and their families.
While the First Responders Foundation Headquarters is located in Omaha, Nebraska, first responders and their families across the United States are welcome to participate in programming and events. Programming is available in person or through telehealth, telefitness, and behavior health sessions via Zoom and other virtual technology.
The First Responders Foundation hosts community events that help fund programming, build appreciation for the work of first responders, and promote public safety. Popular annual events include the Guns & Hoses Racing Event at I-80 Speedway and the 9/11 Luncheon of Honor.
The First Responders Foundation is rooted in 9/11 remembrance. Co-founders Ray Somberg and Jerry Hoberman were reflecting on the first 9/11 on September 11, 2001, and how first responders often are taken for granted until tragedy strikes. The two men vowed to make a difference and started the First Responders Foundation in 2008. The Foundation is a social impact organization centered around appreciation and support for first responders and their families.
First Responders Foundation Staff
First Responders Foundation Board of Directors
Dr. Paul Schenarts