September 20, 2019
Blue H.E.L.P. Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant – Worcester, MA – September 20, 2019 – Blue H.E.L.P., an organization devoted to law enforcement suicide awareness, stigma reduction and family support, today announced it has received a grant from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions.
Through the grant, Blue H.E.L.P. will host the first bereavement camp exclusively for children of law enforcement officers & first responders whose parents died by suicide. Two camps will be scheduled, one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast mixing traditional camp fun & camaraderie with customized grief education and emotional support delivered by trained professionals and caring volunteers. The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as Blue H.E.L.P. which support and advance public safety programs and technology and engineering education initiatives.
“This grant is truly ground-breaking; Motorola has taken the lead in support of families who have lost an officer to suicide. Our families have waited a long time for recognition and respect, they are now receiving it. It would be impossible to articulate the significance of this grant”, said Karen Solomon, President of Blue H.E.L.P.
Camp April is named after the widow of Officer Max Scherzer, April’s courage and resiliency are a daily inspiration to the Blue H.E.L.P. team. Max was unable to seek the help he needed and lost his battle on August 21, 2016. Since his death, April has been left alone to raise her then four-month-old twins with few financial benefits or support. The significance of April’s name should not be lost on anyone – April showers bring May flowers – this camp will help plant the seeds of hope for the children who have been left to deal with this tragedy.
This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help more than 2 million students, teachers, first responders and community members around the globe. There is a specific focus on providing grants to programs that impact underrepresented populations, including females, minorities, people with disabilities, veterans and others.
“We are very pleased to support the work of Blue H.E.L.P.,” said Monica Mueller, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We believe in organizations that foster innovation and drive change, and we’re proud to be part of the positive impact they are making in the community.”
- For additional information on the Motorola Solutions Foundation grants program, visit: motorolasolutions.com/foundation
- For more information on Blue H.E.L.P. please visit: www.bluehelp.org.
About Blue H.E.L.P. – It is the mission of Blue H.E.L.P. to reduce mental health stigma through education, advocate for benefits for those suffering from post-traumatic stress, acknowledge the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers we lost to suicide, assist officers in their search for healing, and to bring awareness to suicide and mental health issues. For more information on Blue H.E.L.P. please visit our website: www.bluehelp.org
About the Motorola Solutions Foundation – The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions, the leading provider of mission-critical communications, software and video solutions that help build safer cities and thriving communities. The Motorola Solutions Foundation makes strategic grants, forges strong community partnerships and fosters innovation by funding programs in public safety education, disaster relief, employee giving programs, and technology education. The Motorola Solutions Foundation provides over $11 million in support to over 250 charitable organizations and universities in over 30 countries annually. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website: www.motorolasolutions.com/foundation