Arlington, VA (PRWEB) April 30, 2013
Today the USO announces the launch of a new grassroots fundraising campaign, Barbecue for the Troops, to provide a localized and easy way for individuals and organizations to raise money in support of U.S. troops and their families. The campaign will take place during the seasonal barbecue timeframes of Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day 2013.
Communities across the country are encouraged to host barbecues and raise funds for USO programs and services that provide critical support to those who need the USO most: deployed troops, military families, wounded, ill and injured troops and their caregivers, and families of the fallen.
While many Americans will be celebrating the summer season and holidays with outdoor barbecue festivities surrounded by friends and family, many troops and their families will be spending that time apart. Barbecue for the Troops offers people everywhere a simple way to help support USO programs like Operation Phone Home that keep servicemen and women and their loved ones connected during deployment, or USO Holiday Boxes that deliver a touch of home to troops in remote locations, during the holidays.
“The USO provides Americans with opportunities to say ‘thank you’ to the men and women who sacrifice so much for our country,” said Kelli Seely, USO SVP and Chief Development Officer. “There’s no better way to show your appreciation this summer than to raise funds to support programs and services our troops and their families need most, while joining family and friends in a time-honored and fun American tradition. Without the support of the American people, the USO would not be able to meet the changing needs of our military heroes and ensure that we are always by their side, every step of their journey.”
Barbecue for the Troops will kick off May 27 for Memorial Day and run until the end of Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2, 2013. Volunteers hosting a Barbecue for the Troops event can create a fundraising page for contributions from donors at BBQfortheTroops.org. They can also use the site to create an online fundraising page with many step-by-step and easy to use tools and resources to help create, promote and deliver a successful barbecue event.
About Barbecue for the Troops
Aligned with the USO’s continued leadership in promoting appreciation and support for U. S. troops and their families, Barbecue for the Troops is a simple and localized way for people to rally together to host barbecues that will raise funds to support America’s troops and their families, including deployed troops, wounded, ill and injured troops and their caregivers and families of the fallen.
About the USO
The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America's troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops and their families, wounded warriors and their families and the families of the fallen.
The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. We rely on the generosity of our volunteers and donors. In addition to individual donors and other corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by Worldwide Strategic Partners: American Airlines, AT&T Inc., BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Procter & Gamble and TriWest Healthcare Alliance. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join us in this patriotic mission and to learn more about the USO, please visit http://www.uso.org.