Firemen’s Mutual Benevolent Association Local #68 Community Trust Fund was established by the members of Local 68 in October 2002 as a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization. We raise money for various community based charities, sports organizations and education scholarships. We have raised money in the past through golf outings and cigar dinners. In addition to supporting several sports teams in Long Branch, the community trust fund has awarded over $5,000 in scholarship money to graduating Long Branch High School Seniors each year.
We have donated not only monetary funds, but food as well to the local food bank during the holiday season and to the local St. Vincent DePaul Society totaling over $6,000. We also purchase dinner for 250 local needy families for Easter, Thanksgiving & Christmas through an area food bank. During the months of October through December we conduct a non perishable food drive at both of our manned fire stations. Residents can drop off canned goods from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm 7 days a week and all of the proceeds go to the area food banks.
In 2013 we donated $2,000 to Monmouth Medicals Jacqueline Wilentz cancer center and hoping to beat that number in 2014, we are in the process now of selling shirts. Youth sporting teams and underprivileged children who cannot afford to play local sports are also assisted. These donations are made possible through the hard work of our new mailer that you may have just received, our cigar dinner committee and the generous support of those who attend these events, Our appreciation cannot be overstated. We are not part of the Long Branch Fire Department Fund Drive, we are the Labor organization of the Career Firefighter in the City of Long Branch.
In the past five years alone, we have donated well over $100,000 dollars!