About Us

The Cedar Rapids Firefighters Foundation was created in 2012 to promote the wellbeing of Iowa firefighters and to enhance their presence in the community. The Foundation raises money and awareness for a variety of causes that directly impact the lives of children and families in our community.

Managed by firefighters and civilians who volunteer their time and talents, the Foundation has raised and donated more than $150,000 since its inception. Money is raised primarily through our generous donors and annual events including the Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Fire Bowl and the Safe Kids Coalition.

In addition to providing monetary support, the Foundation participates in memorials, services and activities throughout the state to raise awareness and support for firefighters in Iowa.


Following many successful years of providing support and charitable donations to Iowans, the Foundation was created as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to better assist its endeavors. While Iowa citizens are well aware of the professional skills and care provided by firefighters, the Foundation aims to enhance firefighters’ presence within the community.

The mission of the Cedar Rapids Firefighters Foundation is to have a direct impact on the social, mental and physical wellbeing of families living in Iowa.

Core Values

The Foundation is led by the following Core Values:

Professionalism: We exercise high levels of professionalism in our work and reward merit. We work collaboratively towards our common goal of serving families of Iowa, regardless of individual roles or functions and apply the same ethos with our partners. We share our knowledge of best practices with colleagues at all levels to enhance the quality of our services.

Respect: Promote individual responsibility with clear lines of accountability so that we may always respect the individuals we serve through our Foundation.

Integrity: Being ethically unyielding and honest and inspiring trust by saying what we mean, matching our behaviors to our words and taking responsibility for our actions.

Dedication: We value the relations to the utmost with our Foundation, clients and customers and exert our best for the greater goal.

Excellence: We challenge ourselves to execute flawlessly and to consistently deliver the highest quality of service to those that our programs serve. We seek the best talent and promote personal and professional development.

Board of Directors

Kurt Kroemer


Landon Merkle

Vice President

Brandon Feddersen


John Cannon


Colton Dall

Darrin Hayes

Jill Mast

Mark McCormick

Nick Miller

Julie Popelka

Danielle Rauser

Shannon Sampson

Brent Smith