Chris Callen recognized for his support of ONG
The Callen Foundation is honored as being the first recognized member of the Community Covenant program, developed by the Ohio National Guard Family Readiness and Warrior Support Program at the Regional Inter Service Family Assistance Committee (RISFAC) meeting in Columbus. Captain Doug Franz, State Family Program Director, made the recognition to Chris Callen, founder of the Callen Foundation, for his continued support and generosity that has helped Ohio National Guard Soldiers over the past year.
The Callen Foundation was established in Westerville by Chris and Lynn Callen for the purpose of raising funds to help Ohio military families in need. Chris, a Mansfield native, is a U.S. Army and Vietnam veteran, where he served as an Infantryman. He is also the State Commander of the Ohio Combat Infantrymen’s Association and an Honor Guard member and bugler of VFW Post 8736 in Sunbury.
Recently The Callen Foundation, while working closely with the Ohio National Guard Troop and Family Assistance Center (TFAC), assisted several soldiers with rental payments to prevent possible evictions. The Callen Foundation also provided assistance to a widow of a service member who was struggling financially following the death of her husband.
TFAC’s are responsible for locating local community partners who are willing to provide support to Service Members with a need. Typical requests include: rent assistance, utility payments, medical assistance and vehicle repairs. The Community Covenant program was developed as a way to formally recognize community partners and organizations that provide assistance or discounts to Service Members on a continual basis.
A detailed overview of The Callen Foundation can be found on the foundation website < thecallenfoundation.com >. Public donations to the Callen Foundation can be made through the foundation website.