Volume I | December 2018
December 2018 Newsletter
The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.
Service Spotlight
The  USO Northwest  had the honor of recognizing David Dutcher as the recipient of the Gold Mission Award.

"David Dutcher has been recognized by the USO Northwest for going above and beyond his volunteering duties in service to members of the United States Armed Forces. David has served well over 1,000 volunteer hours and shows a unique passion for USO's mission at USO Northwest's Shali Center, Camp Lewis Center, and Mobile Operations. He is legendary on Joint Base Lewis-McChord for his comforting and creative chef skills. As a member of the USO Leadership Alliance, Mr. Dutcher has demonstrated a worldwide commitment to our deployed troops through his generous donations to launch new USO Centers in Turkey and Iraq" -- USO Inc. Volunteer Operations.

His recognition ceremony was hosted in the Secretary of States Office at the Capital in Olympia. The Secretary of State also surprised David with a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of Washington State for his dedication to serving our military.
Sea-Tac Center
Gift Wrapping at Sea-Tac:  Each year thousands of people pass through Sea-Tac International Airport on their way to see loved ones during the holidays, and folks are already stressed enough without the thought of having to get a wrapped gift through security.

That is why USO Northwest’s volunteers and the airport provide a complimentary gift-wrapping station inside the concourse for departing passengers after they go through the TSA security checkpoint.

Gift wrapping isn’t just for folks departing Sea-Tac Airport but also for those coming home for the holidays and for those lucky passenger’s purchasing something duty free at the airport. Travelers can get their gifts wrapped before they leave the airport and are picked up by family and loved ones – thus avoiding the dreaded “sneak peak” of holiday gifts!

Volunteer Christmas Party : The food was good, the company was great, and we at the USO Northwest are incredibly grateful for the amazing contribution of time and talents donated to the USO. Without their support, we would not be able to keep our centers open or support the military in the Pacific Northwest. 

Along with the food, came the annual spirited games of Bingo. We didn't realize Bingo was considered a contact sport!
Shali Center
Christmas No-Dough Dinner at Shali Center: Each month the USO Northwest provides a free meal for service members and families at JBLM. It is a unique and uplifting opportunity to bring together friends and neighbors in a casual, family-friendly, environment. Military parents get a night off from... Full Story Here

Shali Volunteers Brighten Christmas for Children at Madigan: For the last two months volunteers from USO Northwest’s Shali Center (located on McChord Field, JBLM) have been holding a toy drive to support military children during this holiday season.

As Christmas quickly approached, the volunteers decided to reach out to Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis–McChord to see where their efforts could make the most impact. They found out that there were a number of military children who would be spending Christmas in the hospital.

As a result of their volunteer efforts, each child received holiday gifts, an inspiring visit from our volunteers, and a very Merry Christmas.

Camp Lewis Center
Camp Lewis Cooks Lasagna for Service Members on Christmas Day : USO Northwest Volunteer Kristie King had idea to serve a hot lunch to Soldiers and Airmen unfortunate to work on Christmas day. Kristie along with several more USO Volunteers baked some delicious lasagna as well as some pie (because pie makes everything better!) at the Camp Lewis Center and prepared it for distribution.

The service members were most appreciative and the volunteers stayed at Lewis Main Gate and McChord Main Gate for some extra time to share some Christmas thoughts, memories and wishes. An Army gate guard at Lewis Main, originally from Texas, was super happy with the Texas style Pecan pie that we shared with him. 

Helping Hands Program: The Camp Lewis Center has become the distribution hub for our Helping Hands Program awards. This month we provided checks to 32 units totaling over $11,000. The Helping Hands Program enables our military to spend valuable time together with their families as a unit. December's distributed funds supported unit Christmas and Holiday parties.

To the right are photos from 1-14 CAV's Holiday Celebration:

"On behalf of the Commander of the 1st Squadron 14th Cavalry Regiment, we would like to thank the USO Northwest for their generous contribution to the Squadron's Holiday Celebration held on 12 December 2018 at the Joint Base Lewis McChord's Family Resource Center. Your generous contribution helped pay for the food, gifts, decorations, and crafting items that both the Soldiers and their family enjoyed immensely."

-1LT Savino Cisneros
1-14 CAV Adjutant 
Portland Center
USO Portland Center Volunteers Visit Veterans H ome for Christmas : On December 16th, 2018 volunteers from the  USO Northwest 's Portland Center and the Military Order of the Purple Heart, USA visited the  Edward C. Allworth Veterans’ Home, located in Lebanon .

They presented special Purpl e Heart Belt Buckles to 13 Veterans living there who had been wounded in action, honoring the sacrifices they made while serving our country.

Mobile Center
USO Northwest is now on the move serving our military and their families through three Mobile USO Canteens—why three? Because it takes three to keep up with all the requests.

Our three Mobile USO Canteens serve our military and their families at more than 300 events each year – expanding our reach and the number of service members and their families we serve.

You will find our Mobile USO's at
pre-deployment parties, homecoming celebrations, unit activities on military installations and many other special event activities throughout Washington and Oregon. Our Mobile USO's attended ten holiday events in December including their annual Stocking Stuffer Party to send to service members spending the holidays deployed overseas.
Although the holidays are over, service members and their families continue to endure the challenges of deployments – with your help, we can ensure service members stay connected to the people and places they love .
  
You donation will enable USO Northwest to continue to offer the programs that have the greatest impact for our military and their families. 

Your support does make an impact as 91¢ out of every $1 you donate to the USO Northwest goes directly to serve our service members and their families.