The JR Stewart 141 Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that was founded in 2018 shortly after the tragic day in November of 2017 when JR was taken from us.
Family and Friends gathered together to honor and remember how JR lived after he was laid to rest. It was decided that we would form a foundation to continue his legacy of giving to the community he served for over 35 years as a Police Officer for the City of Las Cruces.
In 2018 we focused on forming the foundation and through the support of the community and support from the Armaduras LE MC were able to endow the JR Stewart Endowed Scholarship at NMSU.
In 2019 we focused on fundraising and child seat safety. We held our first Car Seat Safety Clinic, where we inspected over 30 vehicles and gave away 18 child safety seats.
Our 1st Annual JR Stewart 141 Foundation Golf Tournament was a big success due to the enormous support from the community of Las Cruces. On giving Tuesday December 2, 2019 we continued to add to the value of the JR Stewart Endowed Scholarship by donating and additional $1000.00 to NMSU bringing the value of the endowment to over $29,000.
Our membership met earlier this year to plan events for 2020 and we ask that you share this with family and friends. If you would like to come out to volunteer or support the organization please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us on messenger on FaceBook.
Car Seat Clinics: JR Stewart was a champion for Car Seat Safety and strong advocate for educating young parents on the importance of “Buckling Up the kiddos”. In 2019 we held our inaugural Car Seat Safety Clinic with the support of the Allstate Insurance Foundation, as well as friends and family of JR who donated new in the box car seats to the foundation. Through their generosity we had over 30 seats available to give away.
We will hold two Car Seat safety clinics in 2020. They are scheduled for May 9th and August 8th. We have partnered with Safer New Mexico and will have certified car seat inspectors on site to inspect the child seat for proper fit based on the child’s size as well as its serviceability. Car Seats have an expiration date and the inspectors will check the seat to be sure it is still within its service dates. If the car seat doesn’t pass the inspection or is expired the foundation will provide the child with a new car seat at no cost. Please stay tuned to our Face Book page and Web Site for additional information.
National Police Week: JR would take younger officers with him each year to Washington D.C. for the events of Police Week to show them the importance of their role in the community. He also did this to support the survivors of the officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. So in that spirit and to continue what he started back in the late 80’s, the Foundation will sponsor two LCPD officers and send them to Washington DC for National Police Week in May 2020.
The JR Stewart Endowed Scholarship at NMSU: We continue to build the value of the fund established in 2018 on the anniversary of JR Stewart’s death. The scholarship was established to support the children and grandchildren of certified active or retired law enforcement officers from the City of Las Cruces and departments within Dona Ana County, NM. . We have a hefty goal to increase our donation to the fund this year on giving Tuesday.
Shop with 141: This is similar to the Shop with a Cop event that JR looked forward to every year as a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Officers would take at risk youth from the community shopping each year before they went back to school and again at Christmas. In 2017 shortly before his passing JR expressed his desire to do something similar for the children of the officers he served with at LCPD. This event will be held just prior to back to school in the fall of 2020. Stay tuned for dates and times as we finalize plans for the event. The JR and Rosie Stewart Toy Closet: We are working with a local hospital to provide a way to bring a smile to the children admitted to the pediatric floor. We are working out the details, but have already collected over 200 toys to stock the Toy Closet. Stay tuned for further details and the announcement of the grand opening!!
How can you help The JR Stewart 141 Foundation? Do you shop on Amazon? If the answer is Yes, then you can help us through a program that Amazon has for Non Profit organizations called Amazon Smile.
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Every item available for purchase on www.amazon.com is also available on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com) at the same price. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. If you would like to support us so we can receive a donation from the Amazon Foundation based on your purchases please select “Jr Stewart 141 Foundation” as your charity of choice.