Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society fund drive to begin March 4

0301_5Jim Murray

Naval Supply Systems Fleet Logistics Center, Pearl Harbor

The 2013 Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Fund Drive will kick off on March 4 and run through April 5. The theme of this year’s drive is “Make a Difference. Donate Today.” NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor is coordinating the Navy’s regional effort.

NMCRS has been serving the needs of Marines and Sailors since 1903 when P r e s i d e n t T h e o d o r e R o o s e v e l t donated one-third of the gate receipts of the Army-Navy game to create this organization. Since that day, NMCRS has donated nearly a billion dollars to thousands of active duty and retired Sailors and Marines as well as their dependents and their survivors.

NMCRS provides financial counseling, no-interest loans, grants, support services and referrals to other commun i t y – b a s e d r e s o u r c e s . Typically, most of the financial assistance provided by NMCRS is to cover basic living expenses-food, shelter and utilities-or to pay for emergency transportation, such as airline tickets to the mainland due to the death or illness of an immediate family member.

Financial assistance is also provided to cover bills resulting from emergency vehicle repairs, medical and dental expenses, funerals or other emergencies. There are no fees for assistance.

NMCRS does not provide income to those Sailors or Marines lack sufficient discipline to live within their means; however, it will provide them with budget counseling. The society’s trained caseworkers are familiar with the special challenges and conditions of service life, and they have a realistic understanding of the potential hardships facing service members and their families.

Most people don’t realize it, but NMCRS receives no government funding. It is a private, non-profit organization that derives most of its money from private donations. In other words, its funding comes from people just like you.

“Military members from all ranks and ratings have benefited from NMCRS,” said Lt. Cmdr. Bran Sherman, the regional fund drive coordinator.

“Someone may need a student loan to assist in earning a college degree, a plane ticket home for the holidays, or a grant to repair unexpected vehicle repairs. The Pearl Harbor NMCRS office provided $711,000 in local grants and loans in 2012. These are folks that we all know and work with,” Sherman explained.

Between now and April 5, there will be opportunities to help fund the organization by having your car washed, buying brownies at a bake sale, etc.

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