We all have that place in our hearts where we seek a purpose. In 2015 1 Marine 1 Life was brought to fruition with the goal of helping individuals to achieve their dream of giving back to their communities. By using their God given gifts to help others we instituted Bikers for Backpacks and Haircuts 4 Kids. Unfortunately, due to an illness in 2018 we had to voluntarily shut down.

Fast forward to 2023. We are back and ready to help the community with a variety of programs. This year we will continue to provide free haircuts with Haircuts 4 Kids. We are currently implementing two new programs: Jacob’s Stone and the Kelly McQuate Memorial Scholarship. Please click on their respective pages to learn more.

We are also looking to help others to bring their programs to life. Take a moment to think about a special talent you may have to help your community. It is expensive and sometimes frustrating to go through the startup of a new 501c3. On the Contact page you can let us know your idea and if we think it is something we are able to do we can meet and discuss how best to achieve your passion.

We look forward to meeting you at our events or to discuss your dream. You may not have been a Marine, but we all have just one life. Take time to use it to help others.

Are you ready to make a difference?

1 Marine 1 Life Foundation’s mission is to inspire one person at a time to serve the community, one project at a time.


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Several photos showing parts of One Marine One Life Foundation director Mark McQuate's life