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Answering the Call (ATC) is a nonprofit that supports first responders and their families in times of need. When a first responder suffers an injury or illness, it puts a strain on the family financially, physically and emotionally. ATC has been providing resources to families of first responders in the Kansas City Metro Area since 2015 when it was founded by Ronnie Doumitt of Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

In 2021, ATC donated a total of $115,000 to first responders in the Missouri and Kansas area as a way to support them and their families through times of need. Since January 1st , 2023, ATC has donated $65,000 back to local first responders and their families. In total, ATC has donated over $386,000 back to the first responder community! ATC wants Police Officers, Firefighters and or Paramedics, to be able to focus on their recovery and wellbeing. Through filling financial strain during difficult times, first responders can focus on their healing and their family without financial concern.

ATC has provided financial support to officers who have been shot on duty, to first responders who have been diagnosed with cancer, to injuries from motor vehicle accidents and more. When four Tactical Operators were shot in the line of duty, ATC was able to provide immediate financial assistance to their families. These examples are just a few of why ATC is committed to continue raising funds to keep supporting first responders. ATC has assisted agencies such as, KCK Fire, Independence Fire, Johnson County Kansas Sheriff’s Department, Kansas City Mo Police Department, Blue Springs Police Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Answering the Call is not only a source of financial aid but creates community awareness of the need for support of first responders and their families. Before ATC, there was zero aid of any kind provided to these men and women who serve and protect us. This opportunity to serve them, in their time of need, only exists due to continued support. If you would like to join ATC in providing support to first responders in need, you can donate directly on their website or attend their fundraising events. On September 16th, ATC will be hosting a trivia night at Stoney Creek Hotel in Independence, Missouri. You can purchase tickets here and enjoy a night of dinner, drinks, and trivia to raise money for ATC.

Here at Community Lending, we want to join ATC in raising awareness and support to first responders and their families. First responders are there for us when we need them, so we’re happy to have an opportunity to return some of the support they show us.

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