Helping Hands Program

USO Northwest's Helping Hands Program is a very unique program.  In fact, USO Northwest is the only USO in the world to offer it!  USO-NW established the Helping Hands Program to help bridge the critial and growing gap in the funds available to our military and their families to provide much needed unit and morale building activities.  Compounding the problem is the explicit regulation prohibiting our military from fundraising or soliciting support.   

USO Northwest recognized a critical need for our military and responded. Our Helping Hands Program was established to help provide our military and their families stationed in the Pacific Northwest with the opportunity to spend valuable time together with their families as a unit.  Welcome home celebrations, pre-deployment parties, family day picnics and holiday parties are just a few examples of the family-focused activities that our Helping Hands Program makes possible.  When traditional funding sources are not available or insufficient to cover the entire cost of the unit's activity or event, the Helping Hands Program provides small awards to help offset the cost of the activity.

Helping Hands fund requests are reviewed individually and decided on a case-by-case basis.  Our Helping Hands Program is supported by the generous contributions made to the USO Northwest through the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). 100% of the donations that we receive through the CFC goes directly to support our military and their families through our Helping Hands Program.  As our militay's need continues to grow, we look for additional funding opportunities for this program.  Delta Air Lines and AT&T are both generous corporate sponsors of the Helping Hands Program.  

Last year, USONW's Helping Hands Program served over 99,000 local military and their families.  The Pacific Northwest is home to each branch of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard -- and where the miltary serves -- so does the USO!

"Effective immediately, Helping Hands ‎checks will no longer be written to individuals but can be written to organizations such as your local FRG or Association supporting your command/event.  Thank you!

To review the program guidelines or submit a Helping Hands Program request for consideration by our Programs Committee, click on the following:

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