Please email email@example.com for any other questions you may have about the Smart Home Program.
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 Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is proud to announce that just 3.7% of expenses went toward administrative costs in 2016. Our program service ratio was 93.1%; over 93 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.
How do I donate In Honor of or In Memory of someone?
To donate In Honor of or In Memory of someone special, please click here to download our printable donation form. Make sure to fill out the “Optional Dedication” area of the form and mail it back to the address listed on the bottom of the document.
Smart Home Program FAQs
What is the mission of your Smart Home Program?
Our mission is to show our gratitude for the sacrifices and service of the U.S. Armed Services returning from war who have been catastrophically injured by building smart technology homes so they can regain their independence.
What is the criteria for eligibility?
The Smart Home Program is restricted to members of the U.S. Armed Forces whose catastrophic combat or training for deployment injuries have resulted in: Quadruple amputation; Triple amputation; Quadriplegia; Paraplegia; Double limb amputation with other injuries such as (but not limited to) severe burns, blindness, traumatic brain injury. These catastrophic injuries must have occurred on or after October 7, 2001.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation reserves the right to make exceptions on a case by case basis.
For information on organizations that provide additional services to service members, please click here.
What are smart homes?
Smart homes technology has a myriad of features designed to accommodate wheelchairs and give our catastrophically injured service members independence and safety at home. (Click here for specific features)
Is the application process open to members of all branches?
Military service personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and the Coast Guard who have returned from combat with catastrophic injuries are eligible to apply.
Is the service member charged anything for the home?
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation constructs smart technology homes that are mortgage free.
How do I apply for a home?
Click here for program requirements and application information
Can I help build smart homes?
If you would like to inquire about participating in the construction of a smart home, please click here.
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 Hugh L. Carey Tunnel (formerly known as the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel) to the Twin Towers.
The Run & Walk Series pays homage to all first responders and service members who made, and continue to make, extraordinary sacrifices in the line of duty.
When is the Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk NYC?
The Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk NYC is held every year on the last Sunday in September.
Where is the Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk NYC located?
The Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk NYC is located in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Run & Walk starts at Ikea Parking Lot 9, 1 Beard St., Brooklyn, NY 11231 and ends in Manhattan at the corners of West Street and Murray Street.
How far is the Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk NYC?
The Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk NYC is slightly longer than a standard 5K course. It is approximately 3.5 miles long, beginning at the Brooklyn portal of the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel and continuing into the streets of Manhattan, before finally finishing at West Street and Murray Street. Click here to see a course map.
How much does adult registration cost?
May 15 – May 31: $45 ($55 w/chip) Adult Runner *EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION*
June 1 – June 30: $55 ($65 w/chip) Adult Runner
July 1 – September 24: $65 ($75 w/chip) Adult Runner
*No chips available online after September 24
September 25 – September 29: $80 ($90 w/ chip)
*No chips available online September 25th – 29th
September 30 (Race Day): $80 Adult Runner – No chips available on race day
When does online registration close?
Online registration will remain open until 11:59 pm on September 29, 2018. However, if you wish to receive a timing chip through online registration, this must be done on or before September 24, 2018.
How do I register for the event?
Click here to access our step-by-step guides to walk you through the process.
How do I join or create a team for the event?
Click here to access our step-by-step guides to walk you through the process.
Can I purchase a timing chip?
Yes – you may purchase timing chips online until 11:59 pm on Monday, September 24, 2018. From Tuesday, September 25 to Saturday, September 29, 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.
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.
NO FOOD OR DRINK, INCLUDING WATER CAN BE BROUGHT ONTO THE NEW YORK WATER TAXIS.
Is there parking available?
Yes – parking is available by South Street Seaport in Manhattan. There is no parking available in the IKEA lots on the Brooklyn side; only limited street parking. Mass transit is strongly encouraged for the event.
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. T-Shirts will be given at the T-Shirt Pick-Up Tent on Vesey Street at the end of the run. We strongly advise picking up your packet prior to the day of the run at the same locations listed below:
St. John’s University – Staten Island Campus
Gym *New Location
300 Howard Avenue
Staten Island, NY
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Thursday, September 27, 2018
2 pm – 7 pm
The Conrad Hotel
102 North End Avenue,
New York City, NY
2nd Floor to East Lobby
Friday, September 28, 2018
Saturday, September 29, 2018
9 am – 4 pm
Will there be any refreshments available before the event?
Will water be available?
Yes – water stations will be located at the start line, finish line and at a station at the end of the tunnel on the Manhattan side. Participants may NOT carry water bottles in the tunnel. DO NOT bring water bottles into the tunnel.
What can you bring to the event?
NO bags of any kind are permitted on the Water Taxi or anywhere at the Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk NYC.
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 the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
Important restriction for firefighters: ABSOLUTELY NO SCOTT AIR-PAKS!
Are refunds permissible? Can I transfer my registration?
ALL SALES ARE FINAL and we do not allow refunds. You may transfer your registration to another participant. For instructions on how to transfer your registration please click here.
Does the fun end at the finish line?
Of course not! Join us on Vesey Street for free food, drinks and live entertainment at our post-run BBQ and Concert.
TUNNEL TO TOWERS TOWER CLIMB NYC
How long is the Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb at One World Observatory?
You will be climbing up to the 102nd floor. The number of stories from the start line to the finish line is 104. While technically the finish line is on the 102nd floor, the Tower Climb actually begins two stories below street level.
How many steps are there?
There is a total of 2,226 steps to get to the 102nd floor.
Is the stairway the same width the whole distance of the climb?
Yes, the stairway is the same width throughout the whole distance of the climb.
Will hallways be included in the climb distance?
Yes, participants will have to pass through hallways.
What direction does the stairwell wind (to the left or to the right)?
The stairwell winds to the right.
Do I have to climb all the way to the 102nd floor in order to participate in the Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb NYC?
Is there a limit to how many people can register?
We are limiting the event to 1,000 participants – the earlier you register, the more likely you will be able to take part in this unique event!
How long does the Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb NYC take?
Elite Climbers may finish the 104-story climb in less than 15 minutes, while the average participant should take about 25-50 minutes to finish.
Is this a timed climb?
Yes, timing chips will be attached to the back of your bib number and will record your finish time. The timing chip should remain affixed to the back of the bib. In order to receive an accurate time, please make sure your bib is clearly visible on the FRONT of the torso. Do not fold or wrinkle your race bib or you risk breaking the timing chip. Make sure your bib is pinned in all four corners so the timing chip stays flat.
Can climbers stop on a landing to catch their breath?
Yes, but be aware that other participants are behind you, so please try to stay out of their way.
I might get tired and be unable to finish, what should I do?
Prior to registering, you should have a reasonable expectation that you will be able to complete the climb. In the event you feel unable to finish, please report to a staff member.
I’m a first responder; can I wear my bunker/turnout gear, Scott Air Packs, etc.?
Unfortunately, due to security restrictions, participants will NOT be allowed to wear their bunker/turnout gear, Scott Air Packs, etc. during the event. Only basic athletic wear (i.e. shorts and a t-shirt) is permitted. Please contact T2TClimb@Tunnel2Towers.org if you have any questions.
What is an "Elite Climber”?
An Elite Climber is a competitive stair climber who routinely participates in stair climb events and can run up the stairs, completing the climb in a very fast time. Most participants are NOT considered Elite Climbers. The average participant will climb at a moderate pace and consider a 104 story climb to be more strenuous than their typical gym workout.
Can I bring my cell phone?
Due to security restrictions, participants will NOT be allowed in the staging area or the building with cell phones, cameras, recording devices, GoPros, iPods/mp3 players, or watches. The Foundation is not responsible for any personal items/valuables.
What if I cannot pick up my packet during Packet Pick-Up days?
If you cannot pick it up yourself, you can have someone represent you. In order for your packet to be released, please fill out the authorization form which is supplied below in the link. NOTE: Your packet will not be released without a copy of your ID and the authorization form being presented. Click here for the form.
Why am I being assigned a start time?
Climbers’ start times must be staggered, with First Responders/Military and Elite Climbers starting in the first waves. This is done to in order to ensure everyone’s safety in the stairwells.
When will I receive my start time?
Start times will be emailed a few days prior to the event date from T2TClimb@Tunnel2Towers.org to the email you used to register for the event.
I want to climb with my team, family or a group of friends. Will we be able to start the climb together?
Yes, but you must be part of a team in order to be assigned the same start time. Please make sure to indicate what team you are climbing with.
Are team members assigned the same start times?
Yes, team members will be assigned the same start time UNLESS a team member indicates that he or she is an elite climber while the rest of the team is not. All elite climbers will be assigned to one of the initial waves.
What time should I arrive at One World Trade Center?
Please plan to arrive at One World Trade Center NO EARLIER than 30 minutes PRIOR to your assigned start time to allow time to pass through security. All participants MUST have their bibs and a current government-issued photo ID in order to participate in the event. Participants will be provided a clear, plastic armband in which to display their photo ID for the climb.
How do I get to One World Trade Center?
Where should I enter One World Trade Center upon arrival?
All participants must report through the security checkpoint located on Barclay St. (between West St. and Greenwich St.), and will be directed to the corral area with their assigned wave. Direct entry to the building is strictly prohibited.
Is there a bag check area provided?
Due to strict security regulations, we ask that you please report to the climb in athletic wear (i.e. shorts and a t-shirt). The following items are strictly prohibited: all bags, cell phones, cameras, recording devices, GoPros, iPods/mp3 players, watches, and/or valuables with you to the event. The Foundation is not responsible for any personal items/valuables.
Will there be water stations along the climb?
Yes, there will be multiple water stations along the climb and also at the start and finish lines.
Can my friends and family wait for me at the finish line on the 102nd Floor?
NO. Only pre-registered Tower Climb participants are permitted into the building during the climb. Friends and family can wait for you at the post-race breakfast, held at Epicerie Boulud, in the Oculus; adjacent to One World Trade Center. Breakfast is free to Tower Climb participants wearing their bibs, and available for purchase to all others.
Will I receive an event t-shirt?
Yes, all participants in the Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb NYC will receive an event t-shirt and a finisher’s medal. T-shirts can be picked up at the designated packet pick-up locations (listed above). Note, that on the day of the climb (Sunday, June 2nd), t-shirts will only be available outside at packet pick-up.
Where can I find my results on event day?
Climbers will be able to search their results at the post-race breakfast, held at Epicerie Boulud, in the Oculus; adjacent to One World Trade Center. Results will be posted the following day on the Tunnel2Towers.org website and will be emailed.
What is the entry fee for the Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb NYC?
The entry fee for all climbers is $100.
Is there a fundraising minimum?
Yes, there is a mandatory $250 minimum fundraising requirement for all participants in addition to the entry fee.
When is the deadline to meet the $250 minimum fundraising requirement?
Each participant must meet the fundraising requirement by Sunday, May 26, 2019. Participants must agree to meet the minimum fundraising requirement in order to register. If the fundraising minimum is not met by this deadline, participants’ credit cards will be charged $250 or the difference, should a portion of the $250 minimum be raised.
When is the deadline to register for the Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb NYC?
Registration will close at midnight on Thursday, May 30th, or when capacity is reached.
Is there a minimum age to participate?
Yes, participants in the Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb NYC must be at least 13 years old on event day.
Why is there a minimum fundraising requirement?
The goal of this event is to raise money to honor first responders and military heroes. Proceeds will benefit the Foundation’s In the Line of Duty Program including our latest program the Gold Star Family Home Program, which honors the legacy of those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country by providing mortgage-free homes to their surviving spouses and young children.
What happens if I don't meet the minimum fundraising requirement by Sunday, May 26, 2019 and my credit card is declined during the automatic charging process?
A Tunnel to Towers staff member will contact you for valid credit card information by Tuesday, May 28, 2019. If we are unable to reach you or obtain payment prior to event day, you will not be able to participate. We encourage you to use a credit card valid through at least June 2020 when registering to avoid any complications.
Can I register without agreeing to meet the minimum fundraising requirement and without acknowledging that I know my credit card will be charged if I don't raise at least $250?
No, you will not be able to complete your registration if you do not agree to meeting the minimum fundraising requirement and to understanding that your credit card will be charged if the $250 minimum is not met by Sunday, May 26, 2019. Therefore, if you have registered, you have agreed to these terms. Please carefully read all of the terms and conditions as you are registering. All participants are responsible for reading what they agree to when registering.
Can I immediately donate $250 in addition to paying the entry fee instead of fundraising to meet the minimum requirement?
Yes, once you have completed your registration, you can donate $250 on your individual team page. You’ll be all set to participate but we still encourage you to fundraise beyond the $250 since all proceeds benefit our first responders and military heroes!
Can I donate less than $250 in addition to paying the entry fee when registering that will count towards my minimum fundraising requirement?
Yes, if you donate to your individual team page less than $250, you have to raise the difference by the Sunday, May 26, 2019 deadline. For instance, if you make an additional donation of $100 when you register, you’ll have to raise $150 before Sunday, May 26, 2019 or your credit card will automatically be charged the difference.
My company has a matching gift program. Can a matching gift count towards my minimum fundraising requirement?
Yes, but only if the matching gift is received by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, April 26, 2019. Unfortunately, we cannot rely on pledges (matching gift or otherwise) since there is no guarantee payment will be received. If the matching gift is received by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, April 26, 2019, we will be happy to apply it to your minimum requirement. Click here to see if your donation is eligible.
Is any portion of my entry fee tax-deductible?
No, the entry fee helps cover the cost of producing the Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb NYC, and includes a participant t-shirt, entry up to the 102nd floor, and finisher’s medal. This is why fundraising is so important! All donations made or raised above and beyond your entry fee are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Can I register friends or family members at the same time I register?
Unfortunately, group registration is not an option at this time. We ask that you register multiple participants as separate transactions. You will still be able to climb and fundraise as a group!
If I am no longer able to make it to the Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb NYC after registering, can I receive a refund or have someone else climb in my place?
No, participation is non-transferrable and registration fees are non-refundable. Your registration fee will become a fully tax-deductible contribution. We appreciate your understanding.
How do I form a team?
You can form a team while you register online by selecting the option to “Create a Team” – you will become the Team Captain and will be asked to enter the Team Name. Those who wish to join your team can then register by selecting the option to “Join a Team.”
Is there a limit on team size?
No – sign up as many teammates as you can!
How do I join a team?
To join an existing team, select the “Join a Team” option, and select the Team Name from the drop-down menu. Once you find the team you wish to join, select it, click “Next Step”, and proceed with registration.
Does each member of a team need to raise the $250 minimum?
Yes, each team member is responsible for meeting his or her own $250 minimum fundraising requirement in addition to the $100 registration fee. All donations must be credited to an individual participant.
I am a Team Captain - can I enroll all members of my team at one time?
Unfortunately, group registration is not an option at this time. We ask that you register multiple participants as separate transactions. We appreciate the effort that goes into registering teams, and thank you for your patience!
Can I pay for my whole team by company check?
Yes, a team can submit one check from its company for every team member’s registration fee. A company can choose to cover the minimum fundraising requirement for each team member as well, or hold each team member responsible for meeting the $250 fundraising minimum. The company will be invoiced for any minimum fundraising requirements that are not met by Friday, April 26, 2019 in order to allow for payment by the Monday, May 27, 2019 deadline.
How do we register our company team if paying by check?
We will provide the Team Captain with a code that he or she will need to provide to each team member, who will then enter it when registering online. No credit card information will be required. Please note that codes cannot be issued until payment is received, so you will need to confirm the number of team members in advance. We appreciate the extra effort and planning this requires. Please mail to T2TClimb@Tunnel2Towers.org if you plan to pay by company check.
Can I still fundraise beyond the deadline for the minimum fundraising requirement?
YES! The $250 fundraising minimum requirement must be met by Sunday, May 26, 2019, but we encourage everyone to raise additional funds through Sunday, June 30, 2019. This year we have brand new incentives for reaching $500, $1,000, $1,500, and $5,000.