Help Support Our Squadron
Dear Potential Sponsor,
I am writing this letter to give an introduction of a great volunteer organization in the District of Columbia. I am the squadron Commander of the Tuskegee Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). CAP, is a volunteer organization that runs three missions: Emergency Services, Aerospace Education, and Cadet Programs.
I would like to highlight a very important part of our mission and that is the Cadet Program. CAP offers the youth of America opportunities not found in other organizations. Cadets, ages 12-21, are taught leadership, aerospace education, physical fitness, and character development on a year round basis by our dedicated volunteers. The unique nature of the program, with aviation as its cornerstone, allows cadets to move through the 16-step program at their own pace. Upon completion, these cadets will have knowledge of aerospace and have fostered multiple types of leadership abilities. We also promote patriotism through a squadron color guard that posts the colors at a 4th of July parade and at Nationals Park for the Washington Nationals. The purpose of this squadron is service the youth population of the District of Columbia with our cadet programs.
As I have said before, CAP is a volunteer organization. And one of the major issues we face as a cadet squadron is funding. We heavily rely on fund raising efforts by our members, The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), and through donations from generous companies and businesses such as your own. Our members are required to wear uniforms, and while we are lucky to be in the area of several military bases that allow us to purchase uniforms inexpensively, the ribbons and accoutrements also come from each member’s pocket. Cadets often have to pay $36 just for his rank and unit patches. And given our area, some of our cadets come from families where this is an expense that cannot be afforded.
What the Tuskegee Cadet Squadron is asking of your organization is donation to support our squadron cadet activities. This donation will go directly towards Cadet Programs such as monthly weekend activities, purchasing cadet uniforms and insignia, cadet scholarship fund, fuel for vehicles to transport cadets to and from activities, purchasing honor guard uniforms, and cadet camping equipment. Many of which have never been camping.
The IRS has ruled that CAP is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. If requested, evidence of your donation will be provided. This makes donations to CAP eligible for deduction by our donors as “charitable contributions” to the extent allowed by law.
Additionally, I would like to extend an invitation to one of our meetings. You would be able to see firsthand on how your donation has/will impact our squadron, and the difference it will make. Please contact me directly if you have any questions regarding this matter.
You can also support us through our Amazon Wishlist.
AARON SISKO, Squadron Commander