History of Organization: While battling his own personal challenge with lung disease, Jerry Nagel dreamed of the creation of an emergency relief fund for people employed in the maritime industry. After a long and courageous struggle including numerous medical procedures, operations and a lung transplant in 2012 Jerry tragically lost his life. Jerry’s dream to establish a fund to assist maritime employees and their family with financial expenses not covered by insurance during catastrophic illness or unexpected injury became a reality in January 2014.
Funding Sources: The organization is dependant on grants, corporate funding and annual membership. Fundraising will include an annual spring and a fall event offering sponsorships and public monetary support of the organization.
Services Offered: Through an application process, maritime employees will apply for financial assistance on an as-needed basis. Applications will be reviewed by the Board and an Advocate may be appointed to coordinate with the applicant. Upon approval funds will be distributed to individuals battling a catastrophic illness or suffering major injuries from an accident.
Needs Analysis: There is not another non-profit organization in Texas is dedicated to the same purpose of the Maritime Workers Emergency Medical Fund.
Demographics: Services/funding offered to maritime workers in coastal Texas and adjacent counties. Audience will include these workers and corporations dedicated to the transportation industry.
Marketing: The organization is marketed to the transportation industry through local transportation clubs and directly to public affairs departments at Texas corporations. Additional education will include distribution of material at trade shows and events.