The United Service Organizations of North Carolina (USO-NC), founded in 1941, is the lead organization charged with supporting military servicemen and women in the state of North Carolina. Eleven percent of U.S. military active duty forces call North Carolina home. With seven major military installations, North Carolina has the fourth largest demographic of active and reserve duty components in the country. USO-NC is an independent 501C-3 organization chartered by national USO as a self-sustaining separate operating entity. USO-NC is wholly reliant on funding from private grants, donations, corporate gifts and sponsorships, and fundraisers.
It receives no direct funding from the national USO or from the government. With five centers statewide, USO-NC serves an average of 650,000 troops over the course of a year. Three travel-based centers at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Raleigh Durham International Airport along with the Fayetteville Airport host an average of 13,075 visitors per month. In the past year, we have performed over 150 dignified returns and aided nearly 1500 family members of the Fallen by Honors support team. Two installation-based centers at Fort Bragg and Jacksonville (the oldest operating USO in the world) serve an average of 50,000 troops and their families, providing assistance with Rack Packs, care packages, deployments and homecomings.
Beyond the traditional interest of providing troops with all the comforts of home, USO-NC has stayed relevant in the 21st century by offering support services and programs to military families. Statistics suggest that the impact of military deployments on soldiers and their families left behind is undue emotional, psychological and financial stress. The strain on the parent left behind often creates mental health issues that can have negative effects on children’s ability to thrive at home and at school. A recent Rand Corporation study links military parents’ deployments to their children’s lower academic achievement scores and increased mental and behavioral health problems. USO-NC, its sponsors and 700 volunteers are passionately invested in helping to alleviate some of these challenges.
USO-NC actively pursues corporate sponsorships, grants and individual donations both to address this need and to perpetually sustain the organization. In the past year, the organization successfully increased its funding from contributions by 30% and from grants by 100%. USO-NC successfully stewards its funding by keeping fundraising expenses at 8% and administrative expenses at 8% of budget. – Learn More…
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Director, Megan Grady