Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 Sunday, September 30, 2018, at 9:30 am.
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.
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 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
Kelleher Center – 2nd Floor
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 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?
One (1) clear plastic bag will be supplied by UPS to put your belongings in. Please do not bring valuables. The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation 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 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.
FUNDRAISING & INCENTIVES
Where do I sign up to be a fundraiser or join a fundraising team?
You can sign up to become a fundraiser at T2Trun.org. Select the event you want to fundraise for, then click CREATE YOUR FUNDRAISING PAGE. Then decide if you want to join a team or start your own fundraiser.
Is there a fundraising minimum?
There is no minimum Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walks but we encourage participants to raise funds to support our programs. Registration fees help offset some of the expenses associated with making the Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk Series some of the country’s greatest annual events, but fundraising is essential for us to make a difference in the lives of so many in need. This year we have brand new incentives for reaching $100, $250, $500, $1000, and $1500. *Some restrictions apply. * Tunnel to Towers Tower Climb events have event specific fundraising minimums. Please check the event page.
What are the fundraising incentives?
$150 or higher: 17oz Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle*
$250 or higher: Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker**
$500 or higher: T2T Branded Nike Unstructured Twill Cap
$1,000 or higher: T2T Branded Fleece Hoodie
$1,500 or higher: T2T Branded Wind Jacket
To be eligible for an incentive item, make sure to register as a fundraiser at T2TRun.org/T2TClimb.org. Incentive items are not cumulative; only one incentive item can be awarded to each fundraiser. All item redemptions will occur post-event. *Fundraisers for the New York City Run and New York City Tower Climb are not eligible for the redemption of the $150 incentive item. **Fundraisers for the New York City Tower Climb are not eligible for the redemption of the $250 incentive item.
How long do I have to fundraise for incentives?
Fundraising for incentives will remain open until Sunday, October 14th, 2018.
When will my fundraising incentive arrive?
Your fundraising incentives will arrive by the January following the event.