Easy Ways to Give Back to the Military During the Holidays Through the USO

By Sydney Johnson

The USO has been dedicated to supporting service members and their families since 1941.As a nonprofit and military support organization, the organization relies on generous donors to fund our efforts so the USO can continue to strengthen troops with one-of-a-kind programming.

Ever wondered how you can help during the holiday season or all year-round? You don’t need to donate a million dollars or your whole paycheck to make a difference in the lives of service members. You can easily do so through the USO!

Give Back During the Holiday Season

Service members get ready to enjoy USO holiday programming at a center in Southwest Asia. | Photo credit USO

The holiday season can be especially difficult for service members and military families because many don’t have the opportunity to share this special time in person with their loved ones. They sacrifice so much and deserve to have just a moment to celebrate, no matter where their service takes them. That’s why USO Holidays programs are there to support our military community. Here’s how you can help us carry out our festive mission:

Spread the Word About USO Holidays

Help us tell the world about our USO Holidays programming! You can share our USO Holiday videos, social media posts and USO.org stories with your friends and family to encourage others to support the cause.

USO Trot for the Troops

This month, throw your sneakers on and walk, trot or run in our inaugural Trot for the Troops 5K in support of the USO. Register today!

USO Wishbook

Another way to support the troops throughout the holiday season is by utilizing USO Wishbook, which is an alternative giving catalog that offers military supporters a way to send a heartfelt symbolic gift to a loved one. If you or your friends need some gift ideas, it can’t hurt to browse! You can also help spread the word about this alternative way of giving by sharing our USO Wishbook video with your friends and family via social media.

Give Back All Year Round

Round Up and Donate with Lyft

Whenever you use the ride share app Lyft, you can opt in for their Round Up & Donate program and choose to donate your spare change to the nonprofit of your choice. This setting automatically rounds your payment up to the nearest dollar, and the difference is donated. Select the USO as your nonprofit of choice and automatically donate whenever you take a ride!

Facebook Fundraiser

Have a birthday coming up? Celebrating a patriotic holiday? Want to honor someone you know who served – or is currently serving – in the military? Start a fundraiser for the USO via Facebook. Once the fundraiser is created and shared with friends, people who want to contribute can do so and share the fundraiser themselves to reach a larger audience of potential donors.

AmazonSmile

You can give back every time you shop on Amazon by shopping via AmazonSmile. Go to smile.amazon.com, login and select the USO as your charity. AmazonSmile will then donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the USO.

Streamlabs

Do you like gaming? When you create an account on Streamlabs, you can use the platform to raise money for the charity of your choice. Select the USO and start putting your gaming hobby toward a great cause!

Service member in Djibouti reads a note sent via Campaign to Connect. | Photo credit USO

Campaign to Connect

Campaign to Connect makes it easy to send messages of thanks to service members. Through Campaign to Connect, you can send messages of support to military members as a way to boost their morale and make them smile. Kind words can go a long way.

Share on Social Media

Social media platforms are integral to the success of nonprofits, and the USO is no different. Giving us a shoutout, sharing our content, or tagging us in a post helps spread the word about the USO’s mission and programming. You can find the USO on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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