The Market at Pound Ridge Square Cares for the K-9s!

The Market at Pound Ridge Square Cares for the K-9s!

 July 22, 2021 – July 22, 2021 – The Hometown Foundation is proud to announce the donation of $2,500 to our Police K-9 Program thanks to our generous partner, The Market at Pound Ridge Square located in Pound Ridge, New York. Each year, The Hometown Foundation, Inc. raises funds for our local and state Police K-9s through our Police K-9 Awareness Retailer Program. This program allows grocery stores and retailers the opportunity to integrate a fundraising asset into their stores that allows shoppers and consumers to donate at check-out to make a contribution towards the cause. 

The funds raised will benefit The Hometown Foundation and the Lewisboro Police Department K-9 Unit, which consists of Sgt. Llewellyn and K-9 Zane. The K-9 Unit has been patrolling the road for 4 years and have been inseparable since then. The funds will be used to purchase equipment to help during their nighttime tracking and training.

The Hometown Foundation would like to thank all of the customers, associates and supporters of The Market at Pound Ridge Square who donated to the cause. Police K-9s are the most valuable supplement to manpower in a police department. They are used for finding missing persons, detecting narcotics and accelerants, apprehending suspects, finding crime scene evidence, handler protection, and used as a community policing tool. Despite the essential role that Police K-9s offer law enforcement agencies, in many states and municipalities these programs are not funded by their local governments, which means they rely heavily on private donations. Your contribution directly helps fund their program within their departments.

You can get involved by donating to The Hometown Foundation, Inc. at https://HTFPoliceK9.givesmart.com or texting PoliceK9 to 41444. For more information on how to support your local Police K-9 Units, please contact The Hometown Foundation at info@hometownfoundation.org or 203-250-5661.

Re-establishing the K-9 Connection: Connecticut to Illinois

Re-establishing the K-9 Connection: CT to IL

April 6, 2021 – The Hometown Foundation, Inc. recently donated a dual purpose Belgian Malinois K-9 to the Bartonville Illinois Police Department. In December of 2020, The Hometown Foundation, Inc. became aware that the Bartonville Police lost their previous working dog, K-9 Nitro, to cancer in October of 2020. The department was left with an important vacancy and a K-9 position that needed to be filled. The Hometown Foundation took immediate action, contacted the department and decided to donate a dual purpose K-9 to their department.

With the support from our sponsors and the success from our National Campaign, Hometown Heroes Giveaway, we were able to donate K-9 Grym to the Bartonville Police Department who selected Officer Jason Howard to be their K-9 Handler. Officer Howard became a K-9 Handler in 2015 with K-9 Nitro and is looking forward to partnering with K-9 Grym to continue to serve his community. K-9 Grym will be used for traffic stops, article searches, tracking suspects, finding elderly and Alzheimers patients as well as utilized as a community tool within the school systems.

In Illinois, K-9 Units are required to earn 16 hours of training each month. When asked why he wants to continue being a K-9 Handler even after the passing of K-9 Nitro, Officer Howard explained “It’s kind of a calling to it, I loved every minute of it. When you [Hometown Foundation] called, I was actually shocked. For a person that talks a lot, I was actually speechless. Working with you was fantastic, made everything simple and less stressed. The process and the utmost support from the foundation was amazing.”

The Hometown Foundation, Inc. is committed to equipping law enforcement agencies with Police K-9 Units to ensure they are serving their communities positively and impartially. Our team understands the value of Police K-9s and our mission is to educate others on the invaluable assets that they offer to law enforcement agencies. The Hometown Foundation takes pride in supporting those around them and creating relationships. When our own community is in need, we step up and make change happen. To see how you can get involved or make a donation, email us at info@hometownfoundation.org.

Chick-Fil-A Steps Up to Help Their Local Police K-9 Units

Chick-Fil-A Steps Up to Help Their Local Police K-9 Units

Each year, The Hometown Foundation, Inc. recognizes the month of February as Police K-9 Awareness Month. During February, the Foundation raises funds to donate Police K-9s, support training, and purchase essential equipment such as Garmin G.P.S collars and watches, K-9 cooling vests, police cruiser heat alarms, bite suits, and more to local and state police departments. We partner with local businesses and organizations to raise funds for the K-9 Units that serve within their own community. This year, we were fortunate to partner with Chick-Fil-A to support the Rio Rancho Police K-9 Unit. Their K-9 Unit consists of K-9 Rocky and K-9 Nigel, both donated by The Hometown Foundation, Inc.

Chick-fil-A believes in serving communities like neighbors, leading locally and that kindness is a higher calling. They emulate this passion through their fundraising efforts and keeping their generosity flowing through every act they do within their own communities. Chick-Fil-A chose one weekend and donated a percentage of the Mobile Order sales to the K-9 Unit. This simple act of generosity generated more funds than the annual stipend the K-9 Unit is granted from their town.

Most people do not realize that Police K-9 Units are not funded by their local or state municipality and that they rely heavily on private donations. When communities come together, good change can happen. These funds were put to use rather quickly and we were able to purchase and donate two bullet proof vests and three pairs of lighted K-9 gloves for the handlers. We would like to thank Bridget Alcala, the store manager, for demonstrating community involvement and creating an impact in her town.

Throughout the year, we host numerous programs to raise funds for K-9 Units locally and across the country. The Hometown Foundation is committed to equipping as many departments as possible with K-9 Units to ensure they are serving their communities positively and impartially. Our team sees and understands the value of Police K-9s and our mission is to educate others on their invaluable assets that they offer to law enforcement agencies.

Police K-9s are used for finding missing persons, detecting narcotics and accelerants, apprehending suspects, finding crime scene evidence, handler protection, and used as a community-policing tool.

The programs we implement to reach our goals are Blue Jeans for Blue Paws, restaurant fundraisers, and our Hang Tag/Round Up/Reusable Bag Program, which are incorporated into our IGA, Retailer, and Independent stores. The Hometown Foundation also utilizes the donation box program, which requires the support from local businesses and restaurants to place donation boxes in their facilities or check out areas to collect donations. All proceeds benefit the local Police K-9 in your community and our program.

Throughout the year, we also host K-9 focused events within the community to rally the citizens to raise awareness of their local Police K-9 Units and to shed light on the assistance that they need. The Hometown Foundation works closely with local and state police departments to understand what they need and how to equip their personnel properly.

You can get involved by donating to The Hometown Foundation, Inc. at https://HTFPoliceK9.givesmart.com. For more information on how to support your Police K-9 Units, please contact The Hometown Foundation at info@hometownfoundation.org or 203-250-5661.

Recognizing and Raising Money for our Local Police K-9 Units

Recognizing and Raising Money for our Local Police K-9 Units

Each year, The Hometown Foundation, Inc. recognizes the month of February as Police K-9 Awareness Month. During this month, the Foundation raises funds to donate Police K-9s, support training, and purchase essential equipment such as Garmin G.P.S collars and watches, K-9 Cooling vests, Police Cruiser heat alarms, bite suits, and more to local and state police departments. To date, we have donated 17 K-9s to 7 states. Police K-9s are the most valuable supplement to manpower in a police department. They are used for finding missing persons, detecting narcotics and accelerants, apprehending suspects, finding crime scene evidence, handler protection, and used as a community policing tool. Despite the essential role that Police K-9s offer law enforcement agencies, in many states and municipalities these programs are not funded by their local governments, which means they rely heavily on private donations.

The programs we implement to reach our goals are Blue Jeans for Blue Paws, restaurant fundraisers, and our Hang Tag/Round Up and Reusable Bag Program, which are incorporated into our IGA, Retailer, and Independent stores. The Hometown Foundation also utilizes the donation box program, which requires the support from local businesses and restaurants to place donation boxes in their facilities or check out areas to collect donations. All proceeds benefit the local Police K-9 in your community.

Throughout the year, we also host K-9 focused events within the community to rally the citizens to raise awareness of their local Police K-9 Units and to shed light on the assistance that they need. The Hometown Foundation works closely with local and state police departments to understand what they need and how to equip their personnel properly.

You can get involved by donating to The Hometown Foundation, Inc. at https://HTFPoliceK9.givesmart.com. For more information on how to support your Police K-9 Units, please contact The Hometown Foundation at info@hometownfoundation.org or 203-250-5661.

Continuing our Commitment to Community with our First Responders

On Monday, November 16, 2020, The Hometown Foundation, Inc. collaborated with the Moosup Valley Volunteer Fire Company Engine 2 in Foster, Rhode Island to provide complete, nutritious meals to our neighbors in need this holiday season. The Hometown Foundation donated 76 turkeys to the Moosup Valley Fire Department who then, in turn, reached out to the Department of Human Services to see where there was a need. Together, we were able to fulfill the request of every family who was facing food insecurity in the town of Foster, Rhode Island.

The third annual Hometown Foundation HungerLESS Holidays initiative is one of the largest turkey drives in the Northeast, donating over 18,000 turkeys to families and individuals in need. This entire initiative and fundraising campaign has raised over $250,000 for food insecurity and meal support organizations, and will feed over 145,000 individuals in need this year.

The Moosup Valley Volunteer Fire Company participates in the Annual Dream Ride Firefighter Chili Cook-Off which his hosted by The Hometown Foundation each August in Farmington, CT. The Fire Company has been a large supporter of Hometown Foundation’s initiatives throughout the year to help those in need. This year, the need for food donations is greater than ever because of the effects of COVID-19 and we are ready to take on that challenge.

To raise much needed funds to support dozens of meal support organizations throughout the Northeast, The Hometown Foundation is collaborating with valued sponsors as well as over 45 independently owned grocery stores who are actively fundraising throughout November to December to support our HungerLESS Holidays campaign. Funds raised at each location will benefit The Hometown Foundation and a meal support organization in the retailer’s own community. To support HungerLESS Holidays, be sure to stop in at Better Val-U Supermarket in West Warwick to donate. 

Thank you to the Moosup Valley Volunteer Fire Company for your time and services to make this donation possible. The goal of this turkey drive and fundraising campaign is to allow The Hometown Foundation to continue our mission and assist those suffering from food insecurity. This holiday season we are bringing the community together in a time where we need it the most. We hope you will consider shopping local or making a donation to donate a turkey and make a difference. Wishing you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Largest Turkey Drive in the Northeast Donates Over 18,000 Turkeys

November 13, 2020 – The Hometown Foundation, Inc. is working to provide complete, nutritious meals to our neighbors in need this holiday season. The third annual Hometown Foundation HungerLESS Holidays initiative is one of the largest turkey drives in the Northeast, donating over 18,000 turkeys to families and individuals in need. Our entire HungerLESS Holidays initiative and fundraising campaign has raised over $250,000 for food insecurity and meal support organizations, and will feed over 145,000 individuals in need this year

The Hometown Foundation’s HungerLESS Holidays is a retailer based fundraising initiative, in conjunction with a holiday turkey drive. In 2018, The Hometown Foundation distributed over 5,000 turkeys and over 2,000 pounds of produce to communities throughout New York and Connecticut. In 2019, over 15,000 turkeys were donated and distributed across Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.

In year three of this quickly growing initiative, we are collaborating with our corporate donors and retail partners with a goal of distributing over 18,000 turkeys to those in need across the Northeast. We are expanding our areas of impact this year alongside New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts to also include New Hampshire, New Jersey and Maine. Our initiative would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors, including Bozzuto’s Inc., @Sparky18888, The Garden of Eden Foundation, IGA, Joey Logano Foundation, Hershey, PCNY, People’s Bank, Pagani, Morgan Stanley, Marcum LLP, Allstate Fire Equipment and our independent grocery retailers. Our sponsors are truly a key component to the success of this initiative.

To raise much needed funds to support dozens of meal support organizations throughout the Northeast, The Hometown Foundation is collaborating with over 45 independently owned grocery stores who are actively fundraising throughout November to December to support our HungerLESS Holidays campaign. Funds raised at each location will benefit The Hometown Foundation and a meal support organization in the retailer’s own community.

The goal of this turkey drive and fundraising campaign is to allow The Hometown Foundation to continue our mission and assist those suffering from food insecurity. This holiday season we are assisting our neighbors in need and bringing the community together in a time where we need it the most. We hope you will consider shopping local or making a donation to donate a turkey and make a difference! 

This is a not miss event! If interested in covering the event please see the dates and times below.

                Thursday 11/19 – Hamden Police Station 

o   152 Turkeys Donated to M L Keefe Community Center

o   11am Distribution @ 2900 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, CT 06518

o   Details: The Hometown Foundation, Inc. and The Hamden Police Department in association with Pagani will be “Stuffing a Cruiser” with turkeys for families in need. The Hamden Police will then escort these critical meals in an honorary lights and sirens escort to the M L Keefe Community Center. Pagani is an Italian super car manufacture with some of the world’s rarest cars available on earth.

Friday 11/20 – Hartford Police Station

o   1,000 Turkeys Donated to Local Organizations

o   11am Distribution @ 50 Jennings Road, Hartford, CT 06120

o   Details: The Hometown Foundation, Inc. and The Hartford Police Department are partnering together to distribute turkeys to families suffering from food insecurity in the Hartford area. These turkeys will be distributed to the Hartford Police Athletic League, The Guardians, and the Hispanic Officers Association to those who need it most. Be a part of this distribution as volunteers and exotic car owners come together to help those in need this holiday season!

Saturday 11/21 – New Haven Distribution

o   1,800 Turkeys Donated to Local Organizations

o    9am Distribution @ 181 Mitchell Dr, New Haven, CT 06511

o   Details: Join the Hometown Foundation, Inc. as well as local and state law enforcement as we escort 1,800 turkeys from Bozzuto’s Inc. in Cheshire, CT to Wilbur Cross High School in New Haven, CT. Local & State law enforcement will guide the way as these turkeys make their way to dinner tables across New Haven County.

Sunday 11/22 – New York City Distribution

o   10,000 Turkeys Donated to Local Organizations

o   7am Distribution @ 23 John St, Yonkers, NY 10701

Details: The Hometown Foundation, Inc. in partnership with Bozzuto’s Inc., PCNY and @Sparky18888 will be escorting and distributing 10,000 turkeys to families in need across the 5 boroughs of New York City.  This is one of the largest single donation of turkeys made by an organization across the US!

The MAINE Reason Why We Need Police K-9s

Sagadahoc County, Maine – On Friday, October 23rd, around 2AM, the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit was requested by a neighboring county, Androscoggin County, to help locate a suicidal man who had fled into the woods. Androscoggin County consists of 497 square miles and has a K-9 Unit that is currently in training. The Sagadahoc County K-9 Unit is located an hour away but they are used for assistance when needed. Upon arrival, K-9 Hero utilized his tracking skills while he searched the roadways and the woods. While he was in the woods, he stopped at the base of a tree and found the man hiding at the top. Thankfully, Police were able to get him down, unharmed, and transported to the hospital for evaluation. K-9s have the ability to search an area 4 times faster than a human and K-9 Hero was able to use his air scent tracking skills to locate the suicidal man in only 14 minutes. 

Police K-9s are a vital component of law enforcement and are used to find bombs, accelerants, kidnapped or missing person, narcotics and crime scene evidence quickly. Their sense of smell is 10,000 times greater than that of a human, which makes them an irreplaceable tool to have.

The Sagadahoc County K-9 Unit consists of Deputy Kindelan and his K-9, Hero, who was donated to their department by The Hometown Foundation and our family of local retailers through support of our Police K-9 Awareness Program. The participating retailers included LaPerle’s IGA, R&M IGA, Brackett’s IGA, Rangeley IGA, Lyon’s IGA, Tobey’s Grocery, Princeton Foodmart, South West Foodmart, Woodland Foodmart, Wells Foodmart, Fuller’s Market, Pond Cove IGA, Main Street Market, and Buddies. Without the help of our retailers and community support, the donation of K-9 Hero would not have been possible.

Police K-9 Units are not fully funded by their local or state municipalities and they rely heavily on private donations. Each Police K-9 donated by The Hometown Foundation is equipped with equipment and training so they are able to perform their duties to the best of their ability. Deputy Kindelan and K-9 Hero cover 254 square miles of their county and assist neighboring counties on particular call-outs. We are proud to assist their department with their K-9 Unit and look forward to their long career ahead of them.

To learn more about how you can get involved and support the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, contact Caylee Richardson at crichardson@bozzutos.com or 203-250-5660. Keep up the good work Deputy Kindelan and K-9 Hero!

Supporting K-9s in Communities Across the Country

August 6, 2020 – The Hometown Foundation believes all training starts with the best equipment and resources. That is why we have made it our mission to support as many departments and K-9 Units with the proper equipment so they can train to the best of their ability. Most recently, we donated a customized Demanet Bite Suit to the University of Rhode Island Police Department’s K-9 Unit. The URI Police K-9 Unit consists of two Labrador Retrievers and one German Shepherd.

The URI Police Department has 30 sworn officers who have full police powers and are certified through the Rhode Island Municipal Police Training Academy. The URI police are responsible for 5 URI Campuses throughout the state. The K-9 Units are also ATF NORT (National Odor Recognition Test) certified as well as NAPWDA (North American Police Work Dog Association) certified.

This donation was made possible due to the support of Adam’s Hometown Markets and Key Bank with their participation in our Police K-9 Awareness Campaign. Training is a vital component of K-9 Police work that is not publicly funded yet it is critical to the K-9 Unit’s success. Our campaign aims to equip departments with Police K-9s as well as necessary training equipment and opportunities. Our goal is to educate the public about the importance of Police K-9 Units within the community and creating a safer tomorrow.

The relationship between The Hometown Foundation and URI Police Department was created due to our annual Dream Ride Police K-9 Expo and Competition, which the URI PD attends. This Expo and Competition allows K-9 Units from all over the country to converge in one area to learn and share expertise while simultaneously earning 8 hours of required, certified training. We look forward to this continued relationship with the URI Police Department and wish them further success!

Hometown Foundation, Inc. Makes Donation to East Windsor’s Newest Police K-9 Unit

May 18, 2020 – The Hometown Foundation, Inc., in conjunction with Big Y World Class Market and Geissler’s Supermarkets, made a K-9 equipment donation earlier this month to the East Windsor Police K-9 Unit. Officer Mitchell and K-9 Mylo received a Garmin Alpha 100/TT15 Track and Train System, training bite sleeve, and a K-9 bag full of leads, tugs, balls, and more.

This donation was made possible due to the community support from Big Y and Geissler’s Supermarket. Officer Mitchell and K-9 Mylo graduated from the CT K-9 Academy on February 12, 2020 and started their first day of patrol together on February 13, 2020. K-9 Mylo is 2 years old and trained as a dual-purpose K-9. The Unit will be patrolling the five villages within East Windsor. Having a K-9 Unit is an essential tool to have to apprehend suspects, detect drugs and explosives, locate missing people, and even help find crime scene evidence.

Police K-9s have proven to fill an important role in our police force’s work to build community relations as well as to deter and combat illegal activity. Funds raised through our Police K-9 Awareness Program are used to purchase the K-9 as well as sustain the longevity of the program with fully funded training and equipment. We wish the best of luck to Officer Mitchell and K-9 Mylo in their future endeavors!

If you would like more information on how to get involved with our Police K-9 Awareness Program, please contact Caylee Richardson at 203-250-5660 or crichardson@bozzutos.com.

 

K-9 Donations from East Coast to West Coast

May 18, 2020 – In conjunction with Bozzuto’s Inc. associates, The Hometown Foundation, Inc., was able to make a dual donation of Garmin K-9 equipment to New Mexico Police Departments. A Garmin Alpha 100/TT15 Track and Train System was donated to Deputy Luke Osborn and K-9 Maverick of the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office and a Garmin Fenix 6X Series G.P.S. Watch was donated to Officer Isaac Giannini and K-9 Chico of the Rio Rancho Police Department. K-9 Chico and K-9 Maverick were both donated to their respective departments as part of The Foundation’s Police K-9 Awareness Program. They are both dual purpose K-9s who patrol over 3,700 square miles of valleys, ridges, lakes, and deserts which makes this equipment imperative to their safety.

The Alpha 100/TT15 is a crucial component to the K-9’s safety because it tracks the distance, speed, and direction of the K-9. It has Geo-Fence alerts, e-collar training, and has the ability to track the dog up to 9 miles, while providing their exact location every 2.5 seconds. Working throughout the vast surface area of New Mexico, this is a life-saving tool to have. The Garmin G.P.S. Watch connects to the K-9’s collar so the K-9 Handler has an easily accessible way to view the K-9’s location. The watch has turn-by-turn navigation, expedition mode, topographical maps, multi-GNSS support and so much more to aid in the work and safety of the K-9 Unit.

These funds were raised by Bozzuto’s associates who showed their support by participating in our Blue Jeans for Blue Paws Program. This program, hosted by The Hometown Foundation, allows associates of a business to dress down in blue jeans for one day each week for one month by making a small donation. If you would like to host a Blue Jeans for Blue Paws Program at your place of business please contact Caylee Richardson at crichardson@bozzutos.com.