USO Jax | Achievements
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Achievements

Great Jacksonville Area USO 2015 Accomplishments and Achievements

SERVICES

  • 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.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • 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.

FUNDRAISING EVENTS

  • 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.

SPORTING EVENTS

  • 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