CWFA Charity Fund


Any paid up member of the Central Western Firemen's Association is eligible to become a member of the Charity Fund. 


What is the Charity Fund?  

The Charity Fund is a benefit available to all CWFA members, and is basically a Life Insurance policy in case of death of a member of the Charity Fund, while on active duty.  


How is the Charity Fund Paid? 

Payment from the Charity Fund will be made in case of death of a member of the Charity Fund, while on active duty. Payment will be made to those on the roster that was furnished to the Charity Fund Secretary. Death by heart attacks while on active duty shall be included. Payment will also be made upon proof of death resulting from injury, while on active duty, if such claims are filed within two (2) years of the accident. 


What is considered “active duty”?  

Active duty shall mean from the time an alarm is sounded, until the officer in charge relieves him and until he returns home by the shortest route, or his place of business or work. All fire drills, schools and conferences and sporting or social activities sponsored or approved by the Chief of Department or organization shall be included in this category. Amount to be paid, the widow or surviving family of a member shall be three thousand-five hundred dollars ($3,500.00) base, with an additional one hundred dollars ($100.00) for each year the name appears on a Charity Fund roster sheet. 


When is the payment made?  

It should be impressed upon all chiefs that the Charity Fund was set up by its founders as an emergency cash fund for the widow or family of any member who lost their life in the line of duty, and as such with the expedient handling by the chief, the Charity Fund Secretary and Treasurer, the payment of the claim can and should be made within 24 hours of the accident. The Executive Committee reserves the right to make partial payments (totaling the original amount) in the event of major disaster. 


What does it cost to be a Charity Fund member? 

The membership in the Charity Fund shall be five dollars ($5.00) per person per year for the first year, and one dollar ($1.00) per person per year thereafter. In the event that a member should leave the department, any replacements shall be classified as a new member and shall pay five dollars ($5.00) the first year only, and one dollar ($1.00) per year thereafter. The chief or secretary of the department, wishing to belong to the Charity Fund shall furnish the Charity Fund Secretary a roster of the personnel wishing to be covered, their first name, middle initial, last name, (no nicknames). Dues are due upon receipt of roster sheet sent by Secretary of Central Western Firemen's Association, after Central Western Firemen's Association dues are paid. All checks to the Charity Fund shall be sent to the Charity Fund Secretary.