By J.ManigrossAugust 14, 2009
Visit Fort Bragg
Community Programs and Services
Army Community Service
Army Community Service (ACS) at Fort Bragg took their program off-post where many of the military Families at Fort. Bragg live. ACS partnered with a large mall in Fayetteville, Cross Creek Mall, to place a satellite office at the mall. The satellite office is open seven days a week and offers a full range of access to on and off-post activities where families can sign up for classes and get information about the programs. This affords Soldiers and their Families the opportunity to be able to find information on Military programs and services. For more information visit www.fortbraggmwr.com.
"Adopt a Soldier" Program
The Fort Bragg "Adopt a Soldier" Program gives the civilian community an opportunity to show support of deployed Soldiers on an individual and personal basis by sending letters and care packages. More than 3,500 Soldiers have been "adopted" since the program started 4 years ago. This program often develops into larger platoon or company-level "adoptions" when support comes from a business, church, school, or private organization. For more information visit www.bragg.army.mil.
Department of North Carolina American Veterans (AMVETS) Post 970 collected over 18,000 phone cards and distributed them to deployed Soldiers.
The Army's Army
In preparation for thousands of troops making their way to Fort Bragg due to the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission stationing directives, Fayetteville and Cumberland County demonstrated its commitment to the military by creating an army of volunteer civilians known as the Army's Army. The Army's Army is comprised of volunteer organizations, citizens and businesses who have pledged their moral, physical and spiritual support to those in the military. For more information visit www.armysarmy.com.
The Cumberland County Partnership for Children subsidizes military spouses, who are in training for employment, by paying childcare fees. It also sponsors a "Grandparent Support" program for Families of deployed military members. For more information visit www.ccpfc.org.
Fayetteville Cares Program
The Fayetteville Cares Program is designed to organize and facilitate current military support provided by the local community, identify additional needs not currently being met, and develop solutions to meet those needs. The program will complement existing programs (civilian and military) with support from businesses, organizations, and individuals in the local community; serve as a clearing house for information; and provide the opportunity for additional civilians to support existing efforts. For more information visit www.fayettevillecares.org.
Fayetteville State University
Fayetteville State University hosts a National Football League junior player development training camp free to military youth ages 12-14 from Fort Bragg. Participants will learn the basics of football and the "strive for excellence" life skills message incorporated into each session.
Fort Bragg's John L. Throckmorton Library
Fort Bragg's John L. Throckmorton Library partnered with Cumberland County Public Library, Fayetteville State University, Methodist University, Fayetteville Technical Community College, and Pope AFB Library in April 2008's The Big Read. The Big Read is a National Endowment for the Arts initiative designed to increase reading in American culture and its communities. Fayetteville's involvement began in 2007; where they reached out to include the military community since many Soldiers and their Families use Cumberland County Libraries.
Operation Cookie Drop
North Carolina Coastal Pines, which serves 41 central and eastern North Carolina counties, has to date distributed more than 100,000 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to deployed Soldiers. From January 10 to March 15, 2009, Operation Cookie Drop donations will be used to purchase Girl Scout cookies. The cookies will be sent to five bases in the council's jurisdiction. The bases - including Camp Lejeune, Fort Bragg, New River Air Station, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, and the National Guard of Pitt County - will then send the cookies to Soldiers overseas. For more information visit www.nccoastalpines.org.
Operation Kid Comfort
The Armed Services YMCAs Operation Kid Comfort volunteers create personalized quilts and pillows for children of deployed military personnel. The quilts often feature images of their absent parent, the child, and/or other family members designed to address the emotional stress that children of military personnel suffer during when a parent is absenct. For more information visit www.operationkidcomfort.blogspot.com.