USO of Hampton Roads Facts:
Chartered in 1984
A nonprofit nongovernmental ogranization
We are a
USO OF HAMPTON ROADS
The USO of Hampton Roads is a non-governmental, non-profit 501c(3) organization that depends on corporate and individual support to fund its programs and services. While it is affiliated with World USO, it receives no funding from world headquarters.
Frequently Asked Questions
founded the USO?
Who founded the USO?
United Service Organizations (USO) was formed in 1941 in response to
a request from President Franklin D. Roosevelt that private organizations
handle the on-leave recreation of the U.S. Armed Forces. Six civilian
agencies: the Salvation Army, Young Menís Christian Association, Young
Womenís Christian Association, National Catholic Community Services, National
Travelers Aid Association, and the National Jewish Welfare Board coordinated
their efforts to provide services that were not duplicated or overlooked.
As a result, the USO center was born. Despite the conflicts and uncertainty
of the decades that followed, the USO center had endured and continues
to be regarded as a ďHome Away From HomeĒ for the U.S. Armed forces and
When was the USO of Hampton Roads founded?
Although the USO operated dozens of centers on the Peninsula and Southside during WWII, anti-military sentiments and budget cuts during the 1970ís diminished the USO presence for more than a decade.
current USO of Hampton Roads traces itís history back to 1984 when
two off-duty sailors were shot to death in Newport News. It was this
incident that motivated the community to create a place where members
of the military and their family could go for support and recreation.
What is the mission of the USO of Hampton Roads?
The USO of Hampton Roads is a non-governmental, but congressionally chartered organization. (Reference document: Department of Defense Directive 1330.12 of November 01, 2000) The USO of Hampton Roads depends on the generosity of individuals and corporations to fund its programs and services. While it is affiliated with USO World, it receives no funding from world headquarters.
USO of Hampton Roads has eight centers throughout southeast Virginia.
Each center is responsible for developing center activities and programs
and works closely with the Administrative office to provide a wide variety
of assistance and outreach to fit the needs of military members and their
families. Some of these programs include: emergency lodging, mobile outreach,
orientation, information and referral, special holiday programs, summer
concerts, military appreciation days and Flightline canteens.
Where can I go to get help from the USO?
members and their families who need assistance or who would like to
participate in USO activities may contact their nearest USO Center.
For a complete listing of USO centers, individuals may call 757.764.5232
or visit our website at www.usohr.org.
What can I do to help the USO?
There are a variety of volunteer opportunities at the USO of Hampton Roads. People who wish to volunteer should contact the USO Administrative office at 757.788.4984 or fill out a volunteer form.
Individuals wishing to make a financial
donation to the USO of Hampton Roads may send a check to: P.O. Box 7250
or corporations wishing to become sponsors
may contact the USO of Hampton Roads President at 757.764.5232.
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