HEROES’® has a singular goal: To honor the supreme sacrifice made by law enforcement officers and firefighters who gave their lives in the line of duty while ensuring the safety of citizens in the greater Washington, D.C. area.
We honor these fallen heroes by supporting the spouses and children they left behind. Our supports begins within 24 hours of the tragic loss and continues indefinitely.
When officers and firefighters perish in the line of duty, their loved ones suffer an immeasurable loss. In addition to the emotional devastation these families face, many also find themselves in dire financial need.
HEROES® provides financial assistance for funeral costs and other immediate expenses to help these grieving families overcome their new financial hardships.
Additionally, HEROES® offers legal and financial advice to help spouses and dependents navigate their new financial reality. With this expert guidance, HEROES® empowers families to make sound decisions, protect against loss, and stay on solid financial ground.
We provide this support privately, confidentially, and without judgment. Our only agenda is to help. HEROES® will stand by these families for years to come, making sure they can stay in their homes, rebuild their lives, and face the future with hope.
Twice a year, HEROES® provides a small cash gift to each dependent child under 21 years of age. This money is to help them purchase or experience things they might not otherwise be able to enjoy.
Additionally, each child receives a check on his or her birthday as a reminder that the absent parent is remembered and honored. There is only one requirement for the child: to acknowledge the gift with a personal thank-you letter. This is our means of staying in touch with the families.
HEROES’® scholarship program gives these children the chance to realize their dream of earning a college degree. The program pays for tuition, room and board, books, supplies, and many incidental costs.
Scholarship recipients may attend colleges, universities, or trade schools of their choice. We make no distinction as to the type of schooling or course of study. Our only purpose is to help these children pursue their dreams.
Since our founding in 1964, HEROES® has provided scholarship assistance to over 200 children.
District of Columbia
HEROES® is a nonprofit organization. We operate through an efficient, volunteer-driven model supported by community donations. Contributions come from individual citizens, corporations, trusts and other philanthropic organizations.
Our organization is nonprofit and incorporated in the District of Columbia under Charitable Certificate No. 6-07-398. HEROES’® jurisdiction includes the District of Columbia; the adjoining Maryland counties of Montgomery, Howard, and Prince George’s; Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William; and the Virginia cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fairfax. HEROES, Inc.® participates in the United Way (Designated #8360), the Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area (Designated #81118) and the Combined Virginia Campaign (Designated #8002).
“Section 501(c)(3) is the portion of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code that allows for federal tax exemption of nonprofit organizations, specifically those that are considered public charities, private foundations or private operating foundations. It is regulated and administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury through the Internal Revenue Service.”