Community matches $40K USO donation from local business

The Beaches Fund is a group of 30 local families, including the Ullmanns, who perform philanthropy solely at the Beaches between Mayport and St.
By Shaun Ryan

Ullmann Wealth Partners and the Ullmann Advised Fund has donated $40,000 to the USO Jacksonville to expand the services offered through its Healthy Military Families Initiative.

The donation was a match for funds raised by the USO from various donors in the community.

“We are pleased to support the USO and our military families,” said company president and financial adviser Glenn Ullmann. “This match demonstrates the big impact small business owners and individuals can have to help those military families in need in our local community.”

Ullmann said his wife, Lisa, suggested he find out more about the USO after returning from a Beaches Fund tour that included the charitable organization. The Beaches Fund is a group of 30 local families, including the Ullmanns, who perform philanthropy solely at the Beaches between Mayport and St. Augustine. In the last four years, the group has given away about $1.1 million to address housing, food and transportation issues that challenge those in need.

The USO, which receives no federal funding, started the Healthy Military Families Initiative in 2018 to provide the young families of active duty personnel with critical resources, such as food, diapers and baby formula.

Ullmann recalled that in the early 1980s when he was a junior officer in the U.S. Air Force, the enlisted personnel were always on food stamps.

“Now, fast-forward 40 years, and guess what?” he said. “They’re still on the poverty line.”

He pointed out that COVID-19 has made the situation worse. Where the non-military spouse might have been employed before, the second income has often gone away as the pandemic impacted local businesses.

He asked USO representatives what they needed, and they said they would like to hire a full-time operations person to help run the food bank. The obstacle: It would cost about $80,000 a year.

So, Ullmann offered to donate $40,000 a year for two years if the USO could raise the rest. And people responded.

A successful business owner who married into a family with a notable philanthropic history – Lisa Ullmann’s father was Henri Landwirth, the man who founded Give Kids The World and Dignity U Wear – Ullman said anyone can be a philanthropist.

“Even if you are putting money into the Salvation Army pot, that’s philanthropy,” he said. “If you are giving to the Red Cross when there’s a hurricane, that’s philanthropy. It doesn’t have to have $10 million behind it. There’s a lot that businesses can do.”

He suggested that people seeking a place to start should contact The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. Those interested in doing some charitable giving specific to the Beaches can contact The Beaches Fund. In fact, Ullmann said people looking to help can call him at his business.

For further information, go to the Community Foundation’s website at jaxcf.org.

Cheaper payphones help vulnerable people

“The Salvation Army is pleased Telstra has considered our most vulnerable people in the Peel region by easing pricing costs and providing an option …

PAYPHONES are not a thing of the past and are still used daily by many people to stay connected, according to the Salvation Army.

Mandurah’s Salvation Army Captain Scott Ellery said payphones were vital because not everyone could afford a mobile phone.

“Staying connected with family and friends is necessary for a healthy life,” he said.

“For some people in our community, the payphone provides a lifeline for maintaining that contact.”

Payphone rates were changed back in June to a 50c flat fee for any standard fixed line calls in Australia and 50c per 10 minutes for calls to mobiles within Australia.

Mr Ellery welcomed the changes and said they would make a big difference.

“The Salvation Army is pleased Telstra has considered our most vulnerable people in the Peel region by easing pricing costs and providing an option for people to receive calls at a unique number at each location,” he said.

Telstra is also looking into revamping future payphones.

“Next-generation payphones could contain a range of features including digital screens, Wi-Fi, 5G enabled technology and mobile device charging,” a Telstra spokesperson said.

There are still 60 payphones located across the Mandurah and Peel region.

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    Tech companies will convene Friday afternoon to showcase emerging technologies to students at the Tech in the Tenderloin festival in San Francisco.

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    Perth: Telstra offering free calls from payphones this Christmas

    OVER Christmas Telstra is making it easier for vulnerable and at-risk people to phone home by making calls from its national payphone network free.

    OVER Christmas Telstra is making it easier for vulnerable and at-risk people to phone home by making calls from its national payphone network free.

    Australians will be able to call anyone in Australia across Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

    There will also be free wifi at selected public hot spots.

    Telstra has joined with the Salvation Army to spread the word about the offer.

    “With many vulnerable people suffering from feelings of social isolation, a free phone call removes financial barriers and gives everyone – regardless of their personal circumstance – the chance to make a positive emotional connection,” said Salvation Army Major Brendan Nottle.

    “As a company with connection at its heart, we want to play a genuine role in connecting people at Christmas and all year round through the technology and experiences we provide,” Head of Telstra Foundation Jackie Coates said.

    “Our ability to open up our network gives all Australians the opportunity to pick up the phone and call their friends, families and loved ones at a time of year when social connection is really important.”

    Last year, 170,000 calls were made from Telstra’s payphone network across the same period.

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    Telstra has announced its national payphone network would provide free local, national and mobile calls for three days this Christmas.

    Telstra has announced its national payphone network would provide free local, national and mobile calls for three days this Christmas.

    The telecommunications giant, which has 16,000 payphones around the country, will allow Australians to make free calls over Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

    While most Australians take their mobile phones and internet connections for granted, Telstra Foundation head Jackie Coates said that for those “doing it tough” one free phone call could make a huge difference.

    “It’s easy to forget that there are many Australians who don’t have the technology or financial means to access a phone line, or a way to connect with their loved ones at Christmas,” she said.

    Major Brendan Nottle from The Salvation Army, which is partnering with Telstra to promote the scheme, said the free calls would help the most vulnerable.

    “With many vulnerable people suffering from feelings of social isolation, a free phone call removes financial barriers and gives everyone – regardless of their personal circumstance – the chance to make a positive emotional connection.”

    The telco is also providing free wi-fi from selected Telstra Air public hotspots.

    A similar initiative last year saw 170,000 calls made over the three days, with Melbourne’s Swanston Street and Bourke Street sites attracting the highest number of callers.

    Untraceable postcards

    Telstra’s program comes after the Australian Federal Police unveiled its “traceless postcards” last week.

    The Salvation Army is involved with this initiative as well, in conjunction with the AFP’s National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) and Australia Post, which sees non-traceable, postage-paid postcards distributed to those disconnected from their loved ones.

    AFP assistant commissioner Debbie Platz said that while it is not a crime for people to intentionally go missing, the Christmas period can be painful for family and friends.

    “Receiving a message from a missing loved one could be the greatest Christmas gift for families waiting for answers,” she said, adding that the postcards are delivered anonymously with “no identifiers of the sender’s location”.

    “This method ensures that those people who choose to be ‘missing’ can send a message home without their whereabouts becoming known.”

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