The Rescue Fund - The WFF Trustees review requests for financial assistance from the Rescue Fund. When the need meets the guidelines that are established by the Trustees, the grant request is approved in whole or in part. Groups seeking to obtain their 501(c)(3) tax status are encouraged to apply for a grant to help defray the costs associated with this. During its history, the WFF has provided financial assistance to a large number of rescue organizations. This includes local WCA clubs, other 501(c)(3) organizations, and specific rescue groups. Contributions were also provided to assist the various hurricane relief funds.

Here's a thank you to everyone who supports rescue in any capacity:

A friend of ours was walking down a deserted Mexican beach at sunset. As he walked along, he began to see another man in the distance. As he grew nearer, he noticed that the local native kept leaning down, picking something up and throwing it out into the water. Time and again he kept hurling things out into the ocean.

As our friend approached even closer, he noticed that the man was picking up starfish that had been washed up on the beach and, one at a time, he was throwing them back into the water.

Our friend was puzzled. He approached the man and said, "Good evening, friend. I was wondering what you are doing."

"I'm throwing these starfish back into the ocean. You see, it's low tide right now and all of these starfish have been washed up onto the shore. If I don't throw them back into the sea, they'll die up here from lack of oxygen.

"I understand" my friend replied, "but there must be thousands of starfish on this beach. You can't possibly get to all of them. There are simply too many. And don't you realize this is probably happening on thousands of beaches all up and down the coast. Can't you see that you can't possibly make a difference? "

The local native smiled, bent down and picked up yet another starfish, and as he threw it back into the sea he replied, "Made a difference to that one!"

Jack Canfield and Mark V. Hansen in "Chicken Soup for the Soul"