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United Way helps military families

The United Way takes steps to ensure military families have the most accurate and timely information on resources available both on and off installations in the Puget Sound area. Photo credit: United Way

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord has existed for a century, and for most of that time the United Way of Pierce County (UWPC) has squarely stood beside the military community. 

With its mission of breaking the barrier of poverty by removing barriers and focusing on long-term solutions, UWPC has worked and continues to work with the servicemembers and their families.

"Our message to the military community is that we support you," wrote Stephen Deal, vice president of resource development for UWPC, in an email.

With as many as 70 percent of military families living off base, some do take advantage of the social services UWPC offers them when they face hard times.

To carry out its mission in helping military families, the UWPC engages in a number of activities.

  • It is an active member of the South Sound Military and Communities Partnership, or SSMCP. United Way personnel are in leadership roles with the Social Services Work Group and the Military Kids and Family Partnership organization.
  • In 2016, UWPC co-sponsored the South Sound Military Kids and Families Summit, where it brought on-base and off-base social services providers together to discuss better ways to work together to support military families.
  • The UWPC is currently partnering with several agencies, to include Fort Lewis Armed Forces Community Services, the Washington National Guard's Joint Service Support staff, the USO, Junior Achievement, Washington Department of Financial Institutions and Obee Credit Union, with which it will offer in late October a Military Family Financial Forum designed to help active-duty, Reserve and Guard members and veterans keep and grow their money.
  • On another front, the UWPC's WIN 2-1-1 team has shared and coordinated information with the Fort Lewis Armed Forces Community Services and the Washington National Guard's Joint Services Support staff to ensure military families have the most accurate and timely information on resources available both on and off installations in the Puget Sound area.

"We are here for our military servicemembers," concluded Deal.

For more information about the United Way of Pierce County, visit uwpc.org.

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