The Coast Guard Foundation is dedicated to providing members of the Coast Guard with programs that promote their education, welfare, health, training, and morale. Through these programs to the service’s more than 50,000 members, we are continuously focused on bettering the lives of the brave men and women who serve every day.
A hallmark of the Coast Guard Foundation’s support for morale and wellness programs is providing items that aren't covered under the federal budget which local units can submit their top choices based on their local needs. We recognize that building a community looks different in each location.
Exercise and Fitness Equipment
Staying fit and in shape is a requirement for all Coast Guard duty assignments. The benefits of exercise and fitness go well beyond the requirements of the assignment, they also provide opportunity for stress management and wellness.
Coast Guard Foundation morale support in the form of exercise and fitness equipment runs the span of traditional weight room and gym equipment, like treadmills, elliptical machines, and spin bikes. On cutters and boats, where space can be an issue, crossfit and group exercise equipment that's easily stored is popular, as are yoga and exercise mats.
Outdoor Recreation Gear
On-the-water sports, like kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddle boards are popular in warmer climates, as they give Coast Guard members and their families an opportunity for outdoor fitness and time together, and an opportunity to experience the communities where they are stationed.
Small and large cutters have an added challenge of space and storage. Outdoor gear for these Coast Guard members consists of fishing gear and bicycles. When they pull into a port far from home, they can utilize the bikes to get a well deserved break, or take some time while off-duty to try their skills at fishing.
Small duty stations are often remote and lack resources. We provide morale support in these locations which bring together those stationed there, their families, and the local community.
We have a long history of funding projects that benefit Coast Guard communities throughout the country funding family recreation centers in Dauphin Island, Alabama; Valdez, Alaska; Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; as well as a swimming pool in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and a state-of-the-art athletic track at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.
Community spaces impact both active duty members and their families overall wellbeing providing a safe place for the families to gather and build a community while stationed far from family.
The service is currently undergoing a fleet modernization effort, and to support this initiative we are providing each new vessel's crew with $5,000 to establish their morale, wellness, and recreation fund. These new vessels are being named after Coast Guard enlisted heroes and are crucial to the service's mission of curbing illegal maritime activity including counter-drug patrols, conducting search and rescue operations, and more.