Albany Firefighters Community Assistance Fund (AFFCAF)
- Updated on Wednesday, October 02, 2013 October 02, 2013
The Albany Firefighters Community Assistance Fund (AFFCAF) was established by City of Albany Fire Department (AFD) employees in August 2001 and was recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in October 2004. AFFCAF was the result of the dissolution of the Albany Volunteer Firefighters Association (Volunteer Association) which provided financial assistance to residential fire victims, and "Worthy Cause" activities of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) Local 845.
Albany Fire Department staff saw emergency needs in our community firsthand, many of those needs being outside our scope as an ambulance, fire, and rescue service provider. Wanting to be able to address those needs, AFD employees (IAFF Local 845) started dedicating funds from their membership dues to outfit all frontline emergency response vehicles with "Worthy Cause" money that could be used for community assistance at their discretion.
In 2001 after years of operating the Volunteer Association and Worthy Cause separately, AFD employees recognized the benefit of combining these efforts into one organization to promote public safety and community assistance; AFFCAF was formed.
AFFCAF has grown to provide financial assistance and short-term housing accommodations to victims of fires; taxi rides to the hospital when an ambulance is unwarranted; bike helmets so no local child rides without one; assistance to seniors; residential sprinkler systems in Habitat for Humanity homes; meals and prescription medications for patients in need; first aid kits for youth sporting events; life vest loan program; and so much more! AFFCAF serves all residents living in the city of Albany, Albany Rural Fire Protection District, North Albany Rural Fire Protection District, Palestine Rural Fire Protection District, and the ambulance service district served by AFD; approximately 55,200 people.
AFFCAF's mission statement is the same as that of the Albany Fire Department, "Prevent and Protect From Harm." The AFFCAF Board of Directors includes a minimum of five members, striving to maintain representation from Albany Fire Department Administration, Life Safety Division, Emergency Services response personnel, and retirees.
Funding for AFFCAF is generated by an annual golf tournament, Pump & Run event, private donations, and AFD employee contributions. Administrative costs represent less than two percent of the funding provided through AFFCAF.