Great Jacksonville Area USO 2015 Accomplishments and Achievements
100,000+ Jax USO Center visitors/military/family personal contacts.
1,600+ USO Care Packages distributed to deploying Active Duty Service Members.
2,000 long distance calling cards distributed.
Operated three Cyber Cafes free of charge, providing critical means for communications, banking and the pursuit of educational goals.
Provided refreshments to over 15,000 plus family members in support of Homecoming Celebrations.
Provided space “free of charge” for Family Support Groups, Spouse Organizations, Play Groups, Educational Classes, Deployment Briefings, Holiday Parties, Scouting Organizations, Baby Showers and hosted 500+ meetings and other events serving over 7,500 people.
Hosted over 24,000 visitors at the Welcome Center at JIA.
Provided over 6,500 free books and DVDs to military families.
Provided over 6,000 free fax, copy and notary services.
Provided arrival services to the Fallen and family member escorts on JIA Flight Line.
460 families received a complete holiday meal for both Thanksgiving and Christmas impacting over 2,000+ individuals. Additionally, 377 military children received gifts were distributed to enhance holiday celebrations.
159 backpacks were filled during our 8th Annual School Supply Drive.
200+ “Kid Kitchen” lunches given to active duty children on summer break.
18,000+ hours of volunteer service coordinated in support of USO operations and a variety of other local organizations.
4th Annual Jacksonville Area USO/Chili Appreciation Society International “C.A.S.I.” Cook-Off
7th Annual Operation Zip Lock (Universal Studious, Orlando, Florida)
11th Annual Cpl. Jason Burnett / Greater Jacksonville Area USO Memorial Motorcycle Ride (Orlando, Florida)
11th Annual Jacksonville Marine Corps 1/2Marathon & Freedom 5K
12th Annual Greater Jax Area USO Memorial Golf Tournament
2nd Annual JAA Golf Tournament
10th Annual NOSA Holiday Bazaar Event
FAMILY AND ENTERTAINMENT EVENTS
3nd Annual Military Appreciation at the Zoo (5,000 attended).
10th Annual USO Night at Adventure Landing (3,000 attended).
58th Annual USO PAL Day in St. Augustine, Florida (2,500+ attended). Attractions were free and the Elks Lodge provided a free lunch.
Served 8,487 free No Dough Dinners to young military families.
Supported 10 Tiger cruises serving over 2,500 family members.
10,320 free Concert, Theatre and Movie tickets for various venues.
Operation That’s My Dress; 500 military servicewomen and spouses received free Sherri Hill designer gowns.
Distributed 12,000 discounted Jaguar tickets.
6,787 free tickets to Jaguar Season Games
895+ free Jaguar tickets for children of deployed service member
1,260 free tickets to Jacksonville Suns Games ($10,000 value)
4,285 free tickets to various sporting and entertainment events