Originally Posted By: dfrend
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The NACHI Foundation, in partnership with NACHI, has today been awarded a $93,207 Fire Prevention and Safety Grant throught the Department of Homeland Security. As our partner NACHI will be providing the required cost share funds that will bring the total budget for the grant period to $133,152.
These funds will be used over the next year to launch a massive campaign aimed at the 28 million deaf and hard of hearing Americans. These individuals go largely ignored in fire safety campaigns. These funds will allow us to change that.
Over the next year, we will be donating 1,000 visual smoke alarms to low income deaf and hard of hearing individuals and families. These alarms retail at almost $200 and are designed with a high powered strobe that can alert the deaf even in sleep. We will also be running a massive advertising campaign in deaf publications and be distributing 100,000 brochures to deaf organizations and advocates over the next 12 months.
While we are excited at this program beginning and potential impact, we are also apprehensive about it's future. This grant requires the associated fund to be spent within one year. Obviously this will get us started. However, after the brochures are out and the 1,000 alarms distributed, we do not want this program to fade away as a memory. We still need your help, now more than ever.
This grant will raise the bar for our services. Please help us by donating to help fund this program after the initial one year funding expires. This grant will allow us to secure the infrastructure needed to manage the program, but we still need the funds to purchase more alarms. We have managed to obtain a discount of over 50% off these alarms, available only to us. Please help us keep this program going and urge your families, friends, and clients to donate at www.nachifoundation.org.