Particularly on each and every September 11th – Patriot’s Day – we #NeverForget – those who sacrificed all on that day in 2001.

But the reality is police, fire fighters and all emergency responders put their lives on the line every day to preserve the safety and well-being of the rest of us. And all too often, especially in the most recent times – they give their lives for our protection.

That’s why the Collier 100 Club exists – and we existed long before September 11, 2001 – to spring into action immediately upon the death of emergency workers to help the families of fallen officers with precise financial assistance in the days and weeks after the tragedy.

When a law enforcement officer, a fire fighter, an emergency medical technician or other public safety responder loses their life in the line of duty, the Collier 100 Club responds to the families with cash to help them overcome the financial burden they face on top of their grief.

And we’ve been doing this in Collier County since the mid-1980s. Other 100 Clubs around the nation have been performing the same vital service for much longer.

But today, on September 11, 2015, we’re taking our mission to its new life online with the launch of this website and associated social networks (Facebook, Twitter, GooglePlus) to widen our scope, reach new generations of citizens and use the digital spaces to explain what we do and to appeal for support.

We’re also opening our membership to a broader range of people and hoping you will all join us in this vital mission.

You can join the Collier 100 Club here – or, simply, donate here.

We are here for them so they – and their families – can be there for you.