In 1995, the Police Office Assistance Trust entered into an agreement with the United Way so that people wanting to direct their United Way donations to POAT could do so. Since that time, POAT’s main source of income has been generated through the United Way by police officers designating POAT on their pledge forms. The police departments that have this available are: Miami-Dade, Hialeah, Miami Beach Miami-Dade Corrections and University of Miami. Open enrollment for employees to designate their contribution runs from October through November. Remember you must specifically designate Police Officer Assistance Trust, not POAT. The process for completing the donation has gone paperless and is now automated. Please take the time log on and ensure your donation is properly entered.
The Motorcycle Ride to benefit POAT’s Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 9 a.m. The ride begins at the Miami-Dade Police Department Headquarters Building, 9105 N.W. 25 Street. Registration for the event is $20 per bike. Online registration is now available by clicking here Registration. A commemorative t-shirt will be given to each registered rider (while supplies last). Please contact Rudy Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org, 305-471-2765, or the POAT office for details at 305-594-6662 or email@example.com.
The Holiday Gifts for Surviving Children fundraising begins in November. POAT volunteers staff tables set up at Aventura Mall, Dadeland Mall, The Falls Shopping Center, Shops at Sunset Place, and Southland Mall. The coordinators are:
- Aventura Mall – Captain Dwight Snyder ~ 305-792-1893 ~ email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dadeland Mall – Sergeant Orlando Reyes, ~ (786-873-9000), email: email@example.com
- The Falls – Sergeant David Greenwell ~ (305-471-2506 or 305-877-9955), email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shops at Sunset Place – Sergeant Henry Guzman (305-775-1633) ~ email@example.com
- Southland Mall – Officer John McLaughlin (786-367-6491), email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the only time of year when POAT is in a public setting and has the opportunity to explaining what we are about. This year, we will purchase gifts for 63 surviving children representing 14 law enforcement agencies. A large contingent of volunteers is needed to fill all of the vacancies at the various malls. Please do your part by targeting a mall where you would like to assist and contact the coordinator. The tables open on Black Friday, November 29th and will be set up until December 23rd.
As most of you know, the assistance cases that we receive at POAT are confidential to the extent allowed by law. Through the years, we have received countless thank you letters, most of which are laced with powerful deep emotion. Some of the POAT assistance recipients have expressed the desire for us to share their letters and stories to help get the word out as to the extent in which POAT assists during times of critical need. Below is a letter from Jeannie Chandler-Martin, the surviving daughter of Miami-Dade Police Officer Joseph Martin who was six years old when he was shot and killed on April 27, 1990. Recently, her husband had to battle cancer and a kidney transplant. Jeannie donated one of her kidneys so that he could get the transplant. All of this took place while she was going to school to pursue a nursing degree. POAT assisted with some of the issues and costs during this tough journey. It should be noted that in this particular case the PBA Love Fund split the cost of all approved assistance expenses. Here is the thank you letter Jeannie wrote, which is basically written to all who support POAT: