Boots On The Ground (PTSD)

First responders are a vital part of our community and are often required to face traumatic circumstances as part of their day-to-day job which can take a toll on their health and well being  

Boots On The Ground is a not-for-profit organization completely run and staffed by volunteers.  We provide anonymous, compassionate and confidential peer support and suicide prevention for first responders throughout Ontario who are seeking help to prevent the development of occupational related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other stress related issues they may encounter.  

The first $5,000 raised helped us launch our program on November 26th, 2018 and train our initial team of volunteers with lived experience as first responders within our community. They have received specific training to provide in-person and virtual support to their fellow police officers, firefighters, paramedics and corrections officers.  Seventy-five volunteers have been trained and 30 more will be trained in the next few months.  Our service model requires 126 trained volunteers completing two 8 hour shifts per month.  We will be recruiting and training an additional 40 volunteers later this year. 

Boots On The Ground offers peer support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, extensive referral list, resources and advocacy.  A tremendous number of trained volunteers is required to ensure support is available for our heroes when they are ready to reach out to us.  

Funds raised will be used to train these new volunteers in peer support and suicide prevention training and the operation of our toll-free number and website services.  

 
We are a completely volunteer run organization and rely on the support from our community to ensure that we are there for our first responders when they need us.

To help get the word out, please feel free to share this GoFundMe initiative with your social network.
  

Sincerely,

Dave McLennan
President and CEO

www.bootsontheground.ca

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Organizer

Dave McLennan 
Organizer
Georgetown, ON
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