General Foundation FAQs
What is the organization’s mission?
The mission of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is to honor the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. We also honor our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country.
Are donations tax-deductible?
Yes. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is recognized as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your contributions are tax-deductible. Our Federal Tax ID # is 02-0554654.
How do I make a contribution?
You may make your donation here on our website, via the telephone using a credit card, or through the mail.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation
2361 Hylan Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10306
How much of my donation goes directly to the organization’s mission?
The Foundation is committed to practicing sound fiscal management, organizational efficiency, and program integrity. We are proud to announce that 4.60% of expenses went toward administrative costs in 2014. Our program service ratio was 92.3%; more than 92 cents out of every dollar went directly to program services. Program service ratio is a key barometer used to measure operating effectiveness.
Where can your organization’s financial reports be viewed?
The Foundation’s Form 990 and its Consolidated Financial Statements are posted prominently on our website. The financial statements have been prepared on the accrual basis of accounting in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and have been reviewed by an independent auditor. Tunnel2Towers.org/financials
Are you reviewed by an objective third party?
Yes. We are proud to announce that we have received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the country’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. The Foundation exceeds industry standards and outperforms most charities. In addition, we scored 100% in the Accountability and Transparency category! These exceptional designations from Charity Navigator differentiate the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation from its peers, and demonstrates to the public that it is worthy of your trust.
Building for America’s Bravest FAQs
What is the mission of your Building for America’s Bravest program?
Building for America’s Bravest is a program of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation that builds smart homes for our most catastrophically injured service members. Each home is custom designed to address the unique needs of each individual. Energy efficient, automated and easily accessible—these homes use “adaptive technology” to help our most severely injured heroes live better, more independent lives.
What is the criteria for eligibility?
The Building for America’s Bravest program is restricted to members of the U.S. Armed Services who have a 100% disability rating from the medical board of their respective branch of service and/or the Veterans Administration of the United States of America, and whose catastrophic combat injuries have resulted in: Quadruple amputation; Triple amputation; Quadriplegia; Paraplegia; Double leg amputation above the knees, with other injuries such as (but not limited to) severe burns, blindness, traumatic brain injury; Double arm amputation with other injuries such as (but not limited to) severe burns, blindness, traumatic brain injury. Injuries must have occurred on or after October 7, 2001 as a result of their service in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom.
What are smart homes?
Smart homes host a myriad of features such as automated doors and lighting, wider halls and doorways, special showers to accommodate wheelchairs, automatic door openers, cabinets, counters, and stove tops that can be raised and lowered, back-up generators, and central heating and air conditioning systems that can be controlled by iPads.
Is the application process open to members of all branches?
Military service personnel from the Army, Marines, Air Force, Navy and the Coast Guard are eligible to apply.
How do I apply for a home?
To request an application, please contact our Military Liaison, Marie DeLeon, at Marie.DeLeon@tunnel2towers.org.
Do you carry out renovations to existing homes?
All smart homes are new construction. We do not renovate existing structures.
Is the service member charged anything for the home?
No. Homes are gifted to the service member free of charge. There is no mortgage to be paid in the future. While the service member pays no mortgage, Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation places the home in trust for a period of five years. The veteran is designated as the beneficiary and appoints a trustee of his/her own choosing. The trust is for the primary benefit of the service member and affords certain legal protections while also acting as a safeguard for our donors. After the five-year mark, the veteran has the option to either keep the property in the trust or transfer title to his/her name.
Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk New York City FAQs
What is a Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk?
The Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk Series was created to retrace the final steps of Stephen Siller, a New York City firefighter (FDNY) who lost his life on September 11, 2001 after strapping on his gear and running through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Twin Towers.
The run and walk event pays homage to all first responders who made, and continue to make, extraordinary sacrifices in the line of duty.
How far is the Tunnel to Towers Run & Walk?
The Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk in New York is actually slightly longer than a standard 5K course. It is approximately 3.5 miles long. It begins at the Brooklyn portal of the Brooklyn–Battery Tunnel (officially known as the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel), continues into the streets of Manhattan, and finishes at West and Murray Street.
Can I purchase a timing chip?
Yes. You may purchase timing chips online through Monday, September 19, 2016. From September 19th to Saturday, September 24th, timing chips can only be obtained in person at registration sites. NO TIMING CHIPS WILL BE SOLD ON THE DAY OF THE RUN.
Can I register the day of the run?
Yes. Race day registration is held at the IKEA parking lot in Brooklyn, New York. Please note that no timing chips will be provided to those who register on race day.
When does online registration close?
Online registration will remain open until 11:59 pm on September 24, 2016. However, if you wish to receive a timing chip through online registration, this must be done on or before September 19.
Do I have to wear my bib number?
Yes. Please display your bib on the front of your outermost garment. Those running without a bib will be asked to leave the course, and will not be allowed to finish.
I am a fast runner. Can I get a front line position?
Runners predicting a pace faster than a six-minute mile will be seeded in the front corral. A separate entrance (marked in yellow) will be at the front of the start line.
Is there transportation to and from the event?
Yes. New York Water Taxi service begins at 6:00 am. Water taxis leave from Pier 11/Wall Street terminal. The last vessel leaves for Brooklyn at 7:45 am. You must be on line by 7:30 am to get to the start line on time. If you’re returning to Brooklyn after the race and festivities, wearing your bib assures free transportation from Pier 11.
Is there parking available?
Yes, parking is available by South Street Seaport in Manhattan. There’s no parking available in the IKEA lots on the Brooklyn side; only limited street parking.
Where can I pick up my runner’s packet or volunteer/vendor credentials?
Volunteer and vendor photo identification can be picked up at the locations listed below on the dates provided. Bib numbers/packets and can be picked up at the start of the run at IKEA parking lot in Brooklyn, NY. However, we strongly advice picking up your packet prior to the day of the run at the same locations listed below:
Will water be available?
Yes, water stations will be located at the start, finish and at a station at the end of the tunnel on the Manhattan side. Participants may NOT carry water bottles in the tunnel. We ask that you please DO NOT bring water bottles in the tunnel. With every participant’s safety in mind, we look forward to an enjoyable and successful event.
What can you bring to the event?
One (1) clear plastic bag will be supplied by UPS to put your belongings in. Please do not bring valuables. Have someone hold them for you. T2T is not responsible for any personal items/valuables.
May I run with a stroller, backpack, wheelchair, roller blades, bicycle, bags, water bottles, Scott Air-Paks (FDNY oxygen tanks), child-carrier backpacks, and/or and weight vests?
No. The run is restricted to foot traffic only, per the City of New York, for reasons of safety and security. For your safety and security the MTA and NYPD prohibits any backpacks, strollers and bicycles in the tunnel and on any mode of transportation provided by Tunnel to Towers. Important restriction for firefighters: ABSOULETLY NO SCOTT AIR-PAKS!
Are refunds permissible? Can I transfer my registration?
Unfortunately, ALL SALES ARE FINAL and we do not allow refunds. However, you may transfer your registration to another participant. For instructions on how to transfer your registration please see here.
Will you be hosting a run or climb in my hometown?
We are currently expanding the number of Tunnel to Towers Run & Walk and Tower Climb events we hold annually. In fact, many volunteers have agreed to host events in their hometowns. If you’d like to consider hosting an event, or know someone who would be interested, please contact Liz Curtis, National Tunnel to Towers Run and Walk Coordinator, at 718-987-1931 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.