To help surviving family members cope with their loss The Silver Shield Foundation offers families 3 program areas of support; education, family, and community each offering a range of diverse and flexible services to meet a family’s specific needs.
When a family becomes a member of our Silver Shield family, we work to ensure their sons and daughters get the tuition assistance they need to help pay for college, graduate school, vocational or technical school, and private secondary school.
A parent’s death takes an emotional toll on their surviving children. To help keep them from falling behind in their studies our educational fund is structured to help pay for certified private tutors if needed.
College Preparatory Services
Applying to college is never easy, so to help give families the support they need our funds can also help these families cover the costs of academic counseling and college board preparatory courses.
Spousal Educational Assistance
We also provide tuition assistance to the surviving spouses of fallen police officers and firefighters/EMS for college, graduate school, or vocational and technical training so they are better positioned to support their families in today’s competitive job market.
Counseling And Bereavement Services
We also assist in funding for counseling and support to help surviving family members cope with the psychological trauma and other long-term effects of losing a loved one in the line of duty.
Health And Wellness Services
Helping to maintain the health and wellness of our Silver Shield families is also a priority. So, we underwrite a comprehensive medical exam for the surviving spouses that makes a multidisciplinary team of physicians at the New York Presbyterian Hospital Iris Cantor Women’s Health Center available to them as needed.
We are network of people and professionals dedicated in our support of the families of our heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice. As members of this community, we are proud to support a wide range of sponsorship projects at the request of various partner agencies and unions to help meet ongoing needs of these families.
Police and Fire Line of Duty Widows of NYC Annual Luncheon
FDNY Educational Program on Fire Safety for Children in NYC Schools
NYPD CEA and LBA Annual Scholarship Program
NJSP Move Over Law Awareness Program
UFOA Annual Scholarship Program
NYPD Asian Jade Annual Scholarship Program
"The Silver Shield Foundation isn't an organization that simply writes a check and disappears. My children and I aren't just another case number. They know us by name. This has become a life-long friendship."
Marie Anaya wife of Firefighter Charlie Anaya, a 9/11 casualty