NMCRS Pearl Harbor recognized for campaign effort

Retired Navy Adm. Steve Abbot, president and chief executive officer of Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS), center, meets with Rear Adm. Brian Fort, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, right; and Paul Belanger, director of NMCRS Pearl Harbor Hawaii, during a visit to Pearl Harbor, June 5.

Story and photo by MC2 Jessica Blackwell

Navy Public Affairs Support Element Detachment Hawaii

Retired Navy Adm. Steve Abbot, president and chief executive officer of Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) visited Pearl Harbor base leadership and the volunteers of the NMCRS Pearl Harbor office, June 5.

Abbot met with Rear Adm. Brian Fort, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific; and Paul Belanger, director of NMCRS Pearl Harbor Hawaii to recognize, congratulate and listen to the stories of all the successes that have filtered through the office.

Abbot spoke about the gratitude he felt to be a part of NMCRS efforts and the work of both the personnel and volunteers.

“All of us in life need help and that’s what Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society does,” Abbot said.

“My primary reason for coming today is to acknowledge the good work the Pearl Harbor office is doing for Sailors, Marines and families. This is what they do every day.”

Due to the staff of NMCRS Pearl Harbor consisting of only two staff positions, one full-time and one part-time, volunteers are an essential component in assisting and supporting clients and daily operations at the office.

Fort read the financial summary for a major NMCRS campaign called the Active Duty Fund Drive (ADFD), noting that NMCRS Pearl Harbor raised $410,891.46, an increase of almost $10,000 from last year.

This campaign is a major resource in collecting contributions by our own for our own in support of the NMCRS’ mission.

The NMCRS provides financial, educational and other assistance to members of the Navy and Marine Corps, their eligible family members, widows and survivors.

For over a century, NMCRS has assisted with supporting client’s immediate needs.

Over time, NMCRS has tailored their programs to the changing needs of their clients.

Their long-term mission is to aid Sailors and Marines in becoming financially independent by providing education on money management and how to prepare for unexpected expenses.

To learn more about the NMCRS, visit their web-site at www.nmcrs.org or call 473-0282.

If you would like to donate to the ADFD visit http://nmcrsfunddrive.org/pearlharbor/.

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