Support the USO of Northern Ohio!
Who: The USO of Northern Ohio serves active military service members and their families. The USO of Northern Ohio (USONO) is a nonprofit, congressionally charted, private organization (501(c)(3) organization).
Why: The mission of the USONO is to strengthen America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.
What: Your donation will support various program serving active military and their families including:
Canteens & Lounges - Active military members, family members, recruits, shippers and/or military employees visit the USONO Canteens and Lounges daily and/or on weekends. In 2015 over 31,000 were served. Refreshments including beverages, bakery, and food items are provided. Entertainment and morale support is given. The canteens and lounges are located at various Northern Ohio locations including the Military Entrance Processing Station (Cleveland, Ohio), USONO Bob Hope Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Lounge, USONO Youngstown Air Reserve Station Lounge (Vienna, Ohio), USONO Toledo NOSC (Perrysburg, Ohio), USONO Camp Ravenna (Newton Falls, Ohio).
Care Package Program - Military service members serving overseas receive items from "Home". The USO of Northern Ohio sends care packages to active military service members from northern Ohio serving overseas. Packages contain snack items, toiletries, games, reading materials and other familiar items from home. Over 1,055 were sent in 2015.
Baby Seabag Program - A new addition to the family is a reason to celebrate! The USONO provides "Baby Seabags" to active military service members and their partners who are expecting or have recently added a new family member. The Baby Seabags contain blankets, stuffed toys and baby toiletries. 31 were distributed in 2015.
Families of the Fallen - Support and assistance is given to service members and the families of the fallen with travel, dignified transfer, refreshments and additional services for their loved ones.
Drill Weekends - The USONO supports units at area wide Drill Weekends. Support, food and refreshments are provided.
Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner - "No Dough" Breakfast, Lunches and Dinners are provided in service area. No cost meals (usually with a holiday or other theme) are provided to active military service members and their families. A Daddy/Daughter Dance is also held.
Educational Outreach - The USO of Northern Ohio is often contacted to speak to area organizations about our purpose, mission and history. This year the USONO and national USO are celebrating our "75th" anniversary. The USONO attends fairs, BBQs, parades, the air show and other celebrations to provide education information.
Recreational Activities - Military service members from various branches participate in the USONO sponsored "Commander's Cup" It is a very competitive annual softball tournament. Other activities include support the Dodge Ball Tournament, NFL Play 60, and Run to Remember. The USONO provides a Mini Golf Course and Corn Hole Toss to units on family days or other activities.
Operation Outreach - When Units are deployed or are celebrating a homecoming the USONO provides monetary support, refreshments and information. Units Family Days, Holiday Parties and Funerals are also supported.
Tickets for the Troops - Local sports organizations including the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, Monsters provide "Tickets for the Troops". The USONO notifies military service members serving from northern Ohio about the availability or the tickets and will assist in their distribution.
Where: The USO of Northern Ohio serves active military from 31 northern counties in Ohio. We provide care packages to northern Ohio military serving overseas.
When: This challenge begins on May 25, 2016 and runs through July 6, 2016 (1:59:50pm ET).
--- Monetary and In-kind Donations assist the USO of Northern Ohio in providing these programs. The USO of Northern Ohio is extremely grateful for all who give to support active military service members and their families.
Visit the USO of Nothern Ohio website at http://us.uso.org/NorthernOhio/.
Thanks to all who support "America's Heroes"!
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The USO of Northern Ohio is grateful for the opportunity to be an organization featured in the "Veterans Charity Challenge".