USO Northwest FAQs

Is the USO a branch of the U.S. government?

No, the USO is a private, nonprofit organization and receives no federal funding.

Is the USO Northwest a separate entity from USO Arlington?

Yes, the USONW is a separate affiliated entity under a charter granted by the United Service Organization, Inc. (USO), headquartered in Washington D.C. Under the USO Charter the USONW Board of Directors and Executive Director are authorized to operate within the jurisdiction of Washington State, and to fulfill the mission and objectives of the USO. The USO Charter sets standards for our operations and validates our nonprofit status.

How long has the USO Northwest been in operation?

February 4th, 2016 the USO NW has been in operation for 50 years.  July 11, 1966, the USO SeaTac Center was established at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. A USO Center was built at Joint Base Lewis McChord, opening November 11, 1984.  

How many individuals are served by the USO Northwest?

The USONW serves 600,000 local service members and their families each year.

Who funds the USO Northwest?

Over 50 percent of USONW funds come from fundraising events such as the 5-Star Gala, and Red, White and Blue Golf Classic. An additional 33 percent come from the Combined Federal Campaign, individual donors and organizations. Receiving grants and in-kind donations from local businesses, veterans and civic organizations help the USONW continue to support our troops. Click here to view a list of our corporate sponsors, service and business partners.

What role do volunteers have with the USO Northwest?

Over 90 percent of our services and events are accomplished through volunteer efforts. The USONW maintains a volunteer base of 300 individuals from communities around Washington State. Our "Army of Gratitude" distinguishes our organization and guarantees donations go directly to our services and programs benefitting service members and their families.