Dear Friends and Future Friends of The Foundation,
As Chair of the ATSS Foundation I want thank the individuals, companies and organizations who have supported our work throughout the years. None of the good work of The Foundation would be possible without your support.
The Foundation Board administers programs in 4 areas:
- The Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship – The Foundation awarded 14 scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year. Over the past year, we have released several videos from our scholarship recipients so our supporters can experience the difference their donations have made in the lives of these students.
- The National Work Zone Memorial – In addition to our traveling Memorial honoring individuals who have lost their lives in a work zone, The Foundation recently introduced a Virtual Memorial. This was done to help meet the overwhelming requests to host what has been described as an immensely powerful and moving Memorial to our fallen workers.
- Youth Programs – The Foundation continues to offer travel scholarships to Experience Camps which help younger children heal. The Foundation also recently released our first work zone activity book. This downloadable tool helps educate younger children on the fundamentals of work zone safety.
- Marty Weed Engineering Scholarship – The Foundation has been chosen to administer the endowment left by Marty Weed, a long-time advocate for work zone safety. The endowment provides funds for new engineers to attend ATSSA’s Convention and Traffic Expo.
We have all experienced the unprecedented events of 2020, not the least of which is the COVID-19 pandemic. The ATSS Foundation receives 100% of its funding through direct donations and fundraising events. Our Golf Classic, Sporting Clays and Fun Run Events have become synonymous with ATSSA’s Annual Convention and represent 70% of the funds raised annually.
As ATSSA has decided to shift the 2021 Annual Convention and Traffic Expo to a virtual event, we at the Foundation have also had to pivot to virtual fundraising events. We have adopted the slogan, “We can’t stop now” as a reminder of important work of The Foundation.
The Foundation has replaced our in person fundraising events with some creative and exciting virtual events. We are asking ATSSA members and Foundation supporters for their help through participation, sponsorships, or direct contributions. You can learn more about this year’s events at the Foundation website, foundation.atssa.com. We know we can count on ATSSA Members and supporters to help us because “We can’t stop now.”
ATSS Foundation Chair