To help fulfill our commitment as part of our Pride in Service program, we have partnered with the nation's leading veteran, military family, and first responder organizations—each of whom address a unique area of need within the service community.
Blue Star Families
The families of America’s all-volunteer military make unprecedented sacrifices these days to serve our country. Blue Star Families was founded by military spouses in 2009 to empower these families to thrive as they serve. They’re committed to strengthening military families by connecting them with their neighbors – individuals and organizations – to create vibrant communities of mutual support. Blue Star Families is committed to the belief that we’re all stronger when we take care of one another. Learn more about Blue Star Families.
CSX works with Blue Star Families to connect military families to their neighbors across the country. Together, CSX works with Blue Star Families to deliver the tools that military families need to thrive by bringing civilians and military families together, uniting the community.
Founded in 2002, Operation Homefront is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to build strong, stable and secure military families so that they can thrive – not simply struggle to get by – in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. Recognized for superior performance by leading independent charity oversight groups, 92 percent of Operation Homefront expenditures go directly to programs that support tens of thousands of military families each year. Operation Homefront provides critical financial assistance, transitional and permanent housing, and family support services to prevent short-term needs from turning into chronic, long-term struggles. Operation Homefront proudly serves America’s military families. Learn more about Operation Homefront.
Together, CSX and Operation Homefront deliver impact to military families across the country. They do this by supporting Operation Homefront’s relief and recurring family support program, which among other things, provides school supplies for families as well as raising funds for military families everywhere.
First Responders Children’s Foundation
The First Responders Children’s Foundation supports children of first responders who have been lost or permanently disabled in the line of duty. The Foundation provides emergency grants and college scholarships for those children, as well as special experiences to support the well-being of line-of-duty families after their tragedy. It also facilitated educational activities and programs created and operated by first responder agencies and their affiliates to benefit the children in their communities. Learn more about First Responders Children’s Foundation.
Together, CSX and the First Responders Children’s Foundation work to provide scholarships for the children of first responders and create community safety education programs.
Operation Gratitude seeks to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the U.S. military and first responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for Americans to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation. Every year, Operation Gratitude sends 300,000-plus individually addressed care packages to soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guardsmen deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to first responders, new recruits, veterans, wounded heroes and their caregivers.
CSX is a proud member of Operation Gratitude’s BRIDGE council, which helps close the civilian–military divide in our nation by providing communities with meaningful, hands-on volunteer opportunities that support service members, veterans, first responders and their families. CSX also uses its extensive transportation network to ship care packages in coordination with Operation Gratitude.
Wounded Warrior Project
Since 2003, Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) has been meeting the growing needs of warriors, their families and caregivers – helping them achieve their highest ambition. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization accredited with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), is top-rated by Charity Navigator and holds a GuideStar Platinum rating.
CSX has partnered with Wounded Warrior Project by being a presenting sponsor of the WWP Carry Forward 5K. The event, which has taken place in San Diego, Nashville and Jacksonville, is a fitness challenge and fundraiser that helps wounded warriors access free life-changing programs.