Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and Organizations: Benefits of Partnering with the USO  

More than 70 years ago, the USO was founded by bringing together the volunteer efforts of six organizations to support a common goal: Support for U.S. troops sacrificing in defense of our country. Since then, organizations across America have provided vital support to troops and their families through the USO.

As a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization, the USO has relied on the generosity of organizations to support its mission of lifting the spirits of our troops and families. Support through sponsorships, in-kind donations and charitable contributions is vital to advancing the USO mission. We can suggest many effective ways for your group to get involved. For more information please contact USO Clubs and Organizations.

 

President Circle Partners

Commitment to our mission and donations of $1,000,000 or more per year. 

Grand Canyon University 

Grand Canyon University is a premier, private, Christian university and Yellow Ribbon school that's been helping students find their purpose and achieve their potential for over 60 years. Building on a reputation for academic and athletic excellence at its campus in Phoenix, Arizona, GCU is recognized for some of the best online education programs in the U.S., allowing military students to earn an education from anywhere in the world. As a proud President's Circle partner of the USO, Grand Canyon University offers exclusive tuition discounts to USO staff and volunteers. GCU representatives also work with USO centers across the country to assist with events for the thousands of troops and their families that the USO serves every day.

 

Official Partners

Contributions of $100,000 in cash or budget-relieving in-kind per year. 

AARP 

In honor of Veterans Day and in recognition of their dedication and commitment to our troops and families, AARP partnered with the USO in 2012 to support wounded, ill and injured troops. AARP donated a percentage of membership funds to support USO Warrior and Family Care, a comprehensive program that helps to provide long-term care for wounded, ill or injured troops. AARP continues to be a valued USO partner.

VFW 

VFW members have a proud tradition of community service with volunteerism benefiting education, America's youth and civic projects. In 2011, the VFW and Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW formed a partnership with the USO committing their members' support of our troops and their families. "The VFW is extremely proud to have formed this exciting partnership with the USO. Our members have a rich tradition of volunteerism, and the USO provides them with new opportunities to show their commitment to our nation's heroes and their families," said VFW National Commander Richard DeNoyer. Here are the many ways VFW members will get involved with the USO: hosting book drives to support United Through Reading's Military Program, collecting items for the USO Holiday Box program, and supporting local USO Centers with food and supply drives.

 

Proud Supporters

Elks 

The Elks have joined forces with the USO and the White House in support of the troops and their families. Starting with a leadership gift of $25,000 from the Elks National Foundation to support a USO2GO sent to FOB Shinwar, the Elks are showing their support in various ways. Lodges are committed to supporting our troops and their families here and abroad through programs like No Dough Dinners, United Through Reading®, care packages, Mobile Entertainment Gaming Systems, USO2GOs or volunteering locally. The Elks are more than 850,000 strong in 2,000 communities across the country, and have a long history of supporting veterans and active military and their families. Through their Army of Hope, Lodges partner with local and state organizations to adopt units and families to help through trying times. Elks volunteers are at the ready to help families of those patriots called to serve our nation.

General Federation of Women's Clubs 

The General Federation of Women's Clubs has joined forces with the USO to provide comfort and resources to members of the armed forces and their families, in recognition of their sacrifice and dedication to protect our country. GFWC is active in numerous USO programs including Operation Enduring Care, United Through Reading's Military Program, USO Sesame Street Experience, USO2GO, Operation USO Care Package, and Operation Phone Home. GFWC clubwomen are also active in supporting local USO centers in their communities by performing service projects like book drives that provide support for our military families. "Since its founding 122 years ago, GFWC members have embraced those serving and those who have served in the U.S. military. Believing that these courageous individuals are owed a debt of gratitude, GFWC programming reflects an ongoing commitment to benefit those who so willingly serve our country. We are proud of the partnership that has been forged with the USO; and eagerly look forward to the many ways our members will be of assistance to the men and women served by the USO," said Carlene A. Garner, GFWC International President. The General Federation of Women's Clubs is one of the world's largest and oldest nonpartisan, nondenominational, women's volunteer service organizations. GFWC members donate an average of $16 million, through 112,000 projects, and volunteer nearly nine million hours annually.

Optimist International 

Since 1919, Optimist International has been focused on "bringing out the best in kids," and in 2011 partnered with the USO to bring their unique Optimistic spirit to military families around the world. Through their 97,000 individual Members and 3,319 Clubs, Optimist International will conduct community service projects and fundraisers to support military children in their communities. Optimist Clubs will work with their local USO Centers to serve the military youth in their community and the Clubs will also support USO national programs for military families including United Through Reading® Military Program, USO Operation Phone Home, With You All the Way, Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families, among others. Optimists happily serve six million young people each year conducting 65,000 service projects and spending $78 million providing a helping hand to youth in their communities.

Phi Gamma Delta 

With many members who are serving or have served in the military, the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta launched its new philanthropic partnership with the USO in 2011. The brothers accepted the challenge with over 20 chapters holding events in support of our brave men and women in uniform. "Many Phi Gamma Delta brothers proudly serve (or have served) our military, making it easy for our chapters to see the benefit their support provides. In addition, the coaching and resources the USO staff provide help our undergraduate chapters to more easily plan and execute fundraising and service events, allowing them to make a difference in the lives of our men and women in uniform," said Rob Caudill, Director of Education, Phi Gamma Delta International Headquarters. Fiji chapters have chosen to support programs like United Through Reading's Military Program, Operation Phone Home, USO2GO, Mobile Entertainment Gaming Systems (MEGS), Operation USO Care Package and in their local communities through our USO Centers. Phi Gamma Delta is on 140 campuses at the foremost colleges and universities of the United States and Canada. Service is one of the fraternity's five values and recognizes its obligation to give back to the campuses and communities that foster its growth.

Phi Kappa Tau 

The brothers of Phi Kappa Tau (PKT) officially adopted the USO as its national service project in 2011. With nearly 90 collegiate chapters and colonies across the country, brothers are supporting the United Through Reading's Military Program by hosting book drives on their university campuses and in their communities or raising money to support the program. United Through Reading® allows a deployed parent to be video recorded reading a book to their child. The DVD and the book are then sent to the child. This partnership with the USO allows Phi Kappa Tau chapters to support their vision of being recognized as a leadership organization that binds men together and challenges them to improve their campuses and the world. Founded in 1906 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Phi Kappa Tau is a national fraternity that fosters three core ideals within its membership: learning, leading and serving.

Rugged Maniac 

In November 2011, Rugged Races LLC announced its partnership with the USO through its popular national event series, Rugged Maniac. Supporting those who have given so much to defend our Nation is important to this Boston based organization. So important in fact, that Rugged Maniac has set a goal of raising $1 million dollars in 2012 in support of the USO. "It's a realistic goal," says Rugged Maniac CEO Bradford Scudder, "If each of our participants donates $5 we'll get there. And this is a wonderful cause, so of course there will be individuals who'll go above and beyond that $5 donation." Rugged Maniac has already announced 22 event days and expects in excess of 200,000 participants in 2013.

SAG 

Screen Actors Guild has a long history supporting our armed forces through projects big and small, from mobilizing the Hollywood Victory Committee shortly after the United States' entry into World War II, to this year's partnership with First Lady Michelle Obama and the entertainment industry guilds on the Joining Forces initiative supporting military families. And for the second year in a row, Screen Actors Guild has thrown their support behind a USO program that lets America's men and women deployed overseas call home. In 2011, Screen Actors Guild and its members donated over $15,000 to provide nearly 45,000 calls home through the USO Operation Phone Home program. "Screen Actors Guild is deeply grateful to the members of the military. These men and women have volunteered to leave the comfort of home and put themselves in harm's way for a higher ideal," SAG President Ken Howard said. "As we have for decades, Screen Actors Guild continues to stand with the USO to do our small part to improve the quality of life for service members and their families." With 20 Branches nationwide, SAG represents more than 125,000 actors who work in film and digital motion pictures and television programs, commercials, video games, corporate/educational, Internet and all new media formats.

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