Christopher Coffland's story

CATCH A LIFT was started as a memorial to Cpl. Chris Coffland and founded on his lifelong philosophy that through physical fitness you can achieve your highest potential for a healthy mind and body.

His dedication and mindfulness to physical fitness was part of a daily regimen his entire life. He actively encouraged others to participate as well, so that they could lead a healthier and well balanced life.

Everyday Coffland would say "I'm goin' catch a lift"; his way of saying, he was off to the gym. In keeping with Coffland's commitment to fitness and his dedication to the wellness of others, CAL will assist wounded veterans to become physically and mentally fit again through gifted gym memberships.

 

MISSION

To help wounded post 9-11 service members start and maintain their healing process, both mentally and physically, through physical fitness by providing them with gifted gym memberships or home gym equipment, anywhere in the United States.

 

FACTS

 

  • Research has shown that early intervention through physical fitness results in successful rehabilitation for wounded veterans.
  • Returning veterans Post 9-11: 53,000+ wounded, 320,000 with TBI and over 400,000 with PTSD
  • Suicide rate amongst returning veterans: 22 per day; that is 1 veteran every 65 minutes.(DVA 2/2014). Over 30% of returning veterans have considered suicide.
  • 120-150 minutes of exercise weekly greatly improves overall health, helps to control weight, reduces the risk of heart disease, strengthens bones and muscles and improves mental health.

 

WHAT DOES CATCH A LIFT DO?

For wounded veterans post 9-11, CATCH A LIFT will pay for yearly gym memberships. If the wounded veteran's requires assistance from their VA Caregiver, their membership will be granted as well. CATCH A LIFT also provides in-home gym equipment, if the vet is unable to attend a gym. See VET APPLICATION for more information.

 

HOW CAN I HELP?

Make a donation. Donations are our largest source of funding. You can donate easily on our secured DONATIONS page at any time. For your convenience, donations can be made through our secured payment link, using a credit or debit card. Checks can be mailed as well. Catch A Lift is a non-profit 501 (C)(3) organization, TAX ID#27-3901149.

Become a volunteer. You can volunteer by helping spread local community awareness, sponsoring a fundraising event or participating in a fundraising event. Click on our VOLUNTEER page and become involved today.

Become a Corporate Sponsor. Sponsorship opportunities are available by visiting Contact Us .

CATCH A LIFT is a 501 ( c) (3) non-profit organization, TAX ID#27-3901149. After your donation is submitted, a confirmation will be sent and act as your receipt. Please print confirmation and retain for your tax records.

 

How to Apply

 

WHO CAN APPLY?

Any wounded or injured veteran, service member, that has been honorably discharged or retired military personnel, that has served in the Iraq or Afghanistan Wars can apply. Wounded veterans from all service branches are eligible.

A copy of the DD214 Form and the VA % disability/description award letter is required and MUST be submitted along with the application.

ALL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE RECEIVED AT THE SAME TIME FOR THE APPLICATION TO BE ACCEPTED. YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE REVIEWED UNLESS ALL DOCUMENTS ARE SENT TOGETHER

Decisions regarding gifted memberships are made following the CATCH A LIFT board's careful consideration of the request and the level of funds available at the time of application.

 

HOW DO I APPLY?

Any wounded veteran may apply or someone can apply on his or her behalf. Begin the application process by downloading the PDF form on the VET APPLICATION page or email applications@catchaliftfund.com to have an application faxed or mailed to you. Complete the application, include a copy of the DD214 Form and the VA % disability/description award letter. Forms MUST be submitted along with the application. ALL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE RECEIVED AT THE SAME TIME FOR THE APPLICATION TO BE ACCEPTED OR PROCESSED.

 

WHAT GYM CAN I USE?

Any gym in the United States may be chosen by the veteran. It is the veteran's responsibility to provide the gym information and contact person on the application form. CATCH A LIFT will grant the yearly membership for the wounded veteran and if needed, the VA CAREGIVER, in compliance with the gyms and CATCH A LIFT's criteria. See GYMS ACROSS AMERICA.

News and Events
CAL is accepted into the CFC- use code 41948 to donate! For this year's CFC, federal employees from all over the country will have the opportunity to donate to Catch A Lift!
Run for CAL in the Baltimore Running Festival Sign up in the month of July and waive the minimum fundraising requirement!
Honor your Heroes for 4th of July Take a moment to honor those who fought for America's freedom by donating to Catch A Lift.
Cups for Coff Fundraiser Join us at Ryleigh's in Hunt Valley on July 5th from 2pm-5pm for our first Cups for Coff Fundraiser
Powder Puff- NO WAY! Who said girls were Powder Puffs?? This high school junior is as strong and determined as they come. Sofia Zingale of upstate NY, believes in America, our returning vets and CAL-so she did something about it.
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