DynCorp International has once again pledged to support the USO of Metropolitan-Washington (USO-Metro) through the 2013 Project USO Elf program. This signature holiday program will serve more than 1,200 local military children this year, providing junior-enlisted military personnel’s families in need with gifts from their “wish lists.”
In addition to providing corporate support, DI team members will volunteer at distribution events at Fort Belvoir, Va., and Fort Meade, Md. Volunteers will work with USO-Metro personnel to create a festive atmosphere for gift recipients and their families.
About Project USO Elf
Project USO Elf was established in 2008 when USO-Metro began receiving calls from service members seeking assistance in providing gifts for their kids due to financial hardship. It was also during this time that USO-Metro received an increase in calls from the public wanting to give back to our military and their families during the holiday season.
Through Project USO Elf, military families can register their children to be sponsored by “Elves” (generous corporate and individual donors) and they will receive age-appropriate gifts personally selected by their sponsor from the child’s gift wish list.
Supporting Local Military Children
Military children face unique challenges such as living in different countries, constantly moving, having a deployed parent and seeking a sense of community and support. USO-Metro aims to address these challenges and support military children through their unique programs, such as Project USO Elf. Annually, USO-Metro provides more than 25,000 instances of service for local military children. In 2014, they plan to continue to focus on enhancing best practices and delivering quality programs to military children in an environment where they can engage with other military kids, feel comfortable, welcomed and supported.
About USO of Metropolitan-Washington
USO-Metro is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress, and dedicated to “serving those who serve, and their families” in Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. It is through the generous financial support of individuals and organizations in the local community that USO-Metro is able to fulfill its mission. With the help of nearly 5,000 devoted volunteers, USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty troops and their families at area military hospitals, five USO Centers, four USO airport lounges and a Mobile USO. Signature programs and services include holiday programs like Turkeys for Troops and Project USO Elf, emergency housing and food assistance, and caring for our wounded, ill and injured troops and their caregivers.