JUST FOR MILITARY FAMILIES
You serve our country; we serve you. Our longstanding bond with the military has taught us to give back and make your life in Fayetteville/Cumberland County easier. As you’ve seen on this site, we’ve provided a one-stop shop to learn everything about our area that a prospective mover could ask for. As part of the Army’s Army, our businesses and citizens have implemented countless programs across a wide variety of spectrums from entertainment to security to education, and a mere sampling of those initiatives is below. All geared with you, the military family, in mind.
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Program Name: Family Readiness Program
Program Description: Cape Fear Valley offers support to all employees that have a military affiliation through the Family Readiness Program. This program has been in existence at CFV officially since 2003. The main goal of Cape Fear Valley's Family Readiness Group (FRG) is to provide assistance and support to fellow employees whose family member-spouse, son, daughter, niece, nephew or anyone who is scheduled to be deployed or is already deployed for military service.
FRG provides referral assistance to help locate childcare or resolve pay issues, or just be available to have a cup of coffee and listen. The program has been able to assist various family members of deployed soldiers and airmen who have and are still serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and other areas around the world.
Program Name: Intra-post Shuttle
Program Description: Currently on post, soldiers and their dependants can access
an intra-post shuttle to connect to over 400 buildings, including most
leisure sites, places of worship, shopping, dining, lodging, the FAST bus
Program Name: FAMPO
Program Description: Ft. Bragg and Pope AFB, by Memorandum of Understanding are Members of the Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Organization (FAMPO). Bragg/Pope is treated as our second largest city in Cumberland Co. and have been working together for over 20 years.
Program Name: Fayetteville Regional Airport/Pope AFB
Program Description: Fayetteville Regional Airport and Pope Air Force Base operate in conjunction with one another in a partnership that allows both the opportunity to maximize the effectiveness of the residing military. The Fayetteville Regional Airport supports Pope operations as follows:
- Serves as an alternate airport for military operations in support of Fort Bragg and Pope personnel.
- Used by Air Force pilots to practice numerous instrument approaches.
- Air Force training with night vision goggles for night landings.
- Civilian facility orientation training for Fort Bragg troops.
- Allow family members/units to post signs in the terminal welcoming back troops.
Program Name: Military Business Center
Program Description: The Military Business Center, including MatchForce.org, provides numerous assistance services to our military such as the integration of military personnel and family members into the workforce.
Program Name: Wounded Warrior Program
Program Description: Through the Wounded Warrior Program, collection areas are set up to receive used and worn out cellular phones. Valuable materials are removed from the devices and sold with revenue going toward the purchase of $100 phone cards for deployed troops.
Program Name: Cumberland County Schools/Fort Bragg MOA
Program Description: To develop a more collaborative partnership between the Cumberland County Schools and Fort Bragg, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was signed to address the transitions and other educational challenges faced by the military child.
The agreement, which is among school systems that support military families worldwide, provides a common structure for information sharing and reciprocal processes. The Cumberland County School system was one of the original 10 Local Education Agencies (LEAs) from across the nation to sign the agreement.
Program Name: Military Child Task Force
Program Description: After the signing of the MOA, a group representing the Cumberland County Schools and Fort Bragg came together to form a Military Child Task Force. The task force, which is made up of parents, educators and military personnel from Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base, has developed a Local Action Plan (LAP) that has identified and implemented strategies to ease the transition of military students. The LAP identifies guiding principles and provides strategies to implement these principles, which include the following:
- Improve the timely transfer of records
- Develop systems to ease student transition
- Promote practices that foster access to extracurricular programs
- Establish procedures to lessen the adverse impact of moves
- Communicate variations in the school calendars and schedules
- Create and implement professional development systems
- Continue strong, child-centered partnerships between the installation and the supporting school
- Provide information concerning graduation requirements
- Provide specialized services for transitioning students when applying to and finding funding for post secondary study, or when transitioning from school to work
Program Name: LTG Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award
Program Description: Two years ago, the MCEC (Military Child Education Coalition) honored the CCS and Fort Bragg with the LTG Pete Taylor Partnership of Excellence Award for their unique and beneficial partnership. The award encourages and promotes outstanding partnerships between military installations and school districts.
Program Name: S2S
Program Description: S2S is a student-led, school managed program that is designed to change the transitioning student’s focus from what he has left to what he will gain coming to the new school. S2S uses three research-based modules that address academics, relationships and “finding the way” at the new school. Cumberland County Schools has this program at four of our high schools (Pine Forest High School, E. E. Smith High School, Terry Sanford High School, and Westover High School). Students and staff have been trained to serve as hosts for new students as well as to recruit and train others in the school on the S2S model.
Program Name: Fayetteville Tech
Program Description: FTCC makes a special effort to reach our military and provide them with educational services. These efforts have been so effective, military students have even become unofficial recruiters in Iraq and Afghanistan. Student Services provided are as follows:
- Access to information (admissions, registration, counseling, etc.) via e-mail and the College's Web site.
- Response to inquiry and requests via e-mail, telephone and USPS.
- Similar support to family members through various modes of communication.
Program Name: More at Four Public Pre-Kindergarten Program
Program Description: The More at Four program is a state-funded pre-kindergarten program provided at no cost to families. The program offers four-year-old children a high quality early learning environment and family support that includes health and developmental screenings and assistance with transitioning to Kindergarten.
Each spring all More at Four students and their families are invited to an end-of-year spring fling to celebrate their transition to Kindergarten. Currently, the program is offered at 50 sites throughout Cumberland County, including three classrooms at child development centers at Ft. Bragg (Cook, Fernandez, and Rodriquez). Classrooms are located in public schools, Head Start classrooms, and private childcare centers. Effective for the 2007/2008 school year, the More at Four legislation included new language that expanded eligibility for military families.
The language regarding military families reads, “A child is eligible for More at Four if at least one parent or legal guardian of this child is an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard) or the North Carolina National Guard or other state military force, or a Reserve Unit of the armed forces who is ordered to active duty by the proper authority within the last 18 months or expected to be ordered within the next 18 months. A child whose parent or legal guardian has been seriously injured or killed while on active duty is also eligible.”
Due to the change in the guidelines, PFC has proposed the first Regional More at Four Military Hub to provide technical assistance to nine surrounding counties as they work to provide services to military families.
Program Name: Army Child Care in Your Neighborhood Program
Program Description: Offers military families the same quality child care they can receive at an on-post child development center in child care facilities that are off-post. Participating civilian family child care homes and child development centers are required to meet standards comparable to those required in the Army Child and Youth Services System as well as receive national accreditation and credentials. Military outreach staff provide training, assist in purchasing developmentally appropriate materials, provide on-site monitoring and/or technical assistance, and assist early care and education professionals in the program with achieving the Child Development Associate (CDA) and/or national accreditation. Army families that choose these facilities for child care are also eligible for a reduced child care fee, regardless of rank or income.
Program Name: Omni Family Resource Center
Program Description: Meets families’ needs for information and resources to assist them in their parenting role by creating collaborative relationships among organizations serving families. A centralized Information and Referral Assistant (IRA) greets and assists families and is the point of contact for all organizations in the building. The IRA understands the mission and services of each partnering organization within the building and can connect families with those organizations and community organizations that will meet their needs. The Omni Family Resource Center offers seven meeting rooms, including a children’s play room, which are available for groups up to 50 people at no cost or reduced cost. Several mother-child play groups use the meeting rooms for their monthly meetings.
Program Name: Parent Services
Program Description: Provides parents with child care referrals, information, and support in their search for high quality, affordable and accessible child care. Offers temporary child care subsidy, a car seat program, and parent training classes. The Parent Services Military Coordinator provides military families with complete listings of child care programs participating in the Army Child Care in Your Neighborhood program who have openings for children, and one-on-one support and education about choosing quality child care and completing the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) fee assistance application available to military families through the Army Child Care in Your Neighborhood program.
Program Name: Electronic Community (Website)
Program Description: Offers an online family resource guide with a listing of over 150 organizations providing over 345 programs to families. Provides military families with virtual tours of child development centers participating in the Army Child Care in Your Neighborhood program. Offers 24/7 access for parents searching for child care in their area and links parents to the Division of Child Development Web site which offers information on child care facilities, such as star-rated license and administrative actions taken; information on the More at Four Public Pre-Kindergarten Program; links to community information; links to parenting information; and information and links about starting and operating a child care facility.
Program Name: Public Awareness and Outreach
Program Description: Creates awareness of early childhood needs and available services and resources among parents of young children by coordinating and participating in community events and fairs. Events coordinated by PFC include: the children’s area at the Fayetteville Dogwood Festival providing families with free fun activities and shows; Community Relations Day – a morning of free fun activities for families and child development facilities served by PFC, including Ft. Bragg child development centers; Toddler Driving School at the Cumberland County Fair; Summer Camp Expo at Cross Creek Mall – provides parents with information about summer camps, including Camp Geronimo; and partnering with ACS to offer puppet shows to children. Participation in community events allows PFC to offer parents an opportunity to learn about our programs. These events include: Stand for Children at Tolson Youth Center; Ft. Bragg Fair; ACS Deployment Fairs; ACS Children’s Deployment Fairs; Kids Eat Free at the Mall; and Pondomania. Oversees creation and distribution of Family Focus: A Resource Guide for Cumberland County Families, which is distributed to organizations throughout the community, include Army Community Services.
Program Name: Professional Development Career Center
Program Address: 351 Wagoner Drive, Suite 145, Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone: (910) 860-2277, ext. 2537
Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Program Description: The Professional Development Career Center provides the following services: coordinate and facilitate workshops and trainings, to include National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) and state mandated trainings for early care and education professionals; document and track training for providers in the Military Child Care Project; conduct monthly early education forums; provide information about and assist with college registration for students enrolled in early care and education programs at local colleges and universities; and provide financial aid information and scholarships for students enrolled in early care and education degree programs at FTCC, FSU, and UNC – Pembroke.
Program Name: Resource Lending Library
Program Address: 351 Wagoner Drive, Suite 140, Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone: (910) 860-2277, ext. 2502
Hours of Operation: Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Other hours by appointment
Program Description: Offers books and developmentally appropriate toys and materials to families (parents, grandparents and other care givers) and early care and education professionals at no cost. Resource materials are also available to students and teachers in the early care and education field. The Education Express is an extension of the Resource Lending Library and brings toys and materials to interested groups in the community. The library also offers monthly story and art time in partnership with the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center and the Fayetteville Museum of Art and a monthly book club for parents of young children.
Program Name: House Checks
Program Description: The police department provides house security checks for soldiers who leave homes vacant while deployed or on vacation.
Program Name: Community Watch
Program Description: We have over a hundred Community Watch groups in which soldiers and their families can become involved.
Program Name: Traffic Safety
Program Description: Our traffic officers conduct traffic safety classes at Ft. Bragg for new soldiers.
Program Name: Crime Prevention Unit
Program Description: Our Crime Prevention Unit and information on our Web site assists families in locating crime statistics for specific neighborhoods so they can choose a safe, family-friendly environment.
Program Name: Catholic Charities Counseling
Program Description: Catholic Charities located on Bragg Road is providing counseling services, food and children's clothing to a number of army wives.
Program Name: Operation Samuel
Program Description: Saint Patrick Catholic School's second grade is conducting Operation Samuel, in which the children are sending letters, care packages and Christmas Cards to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Program Name: Rainbows Ministry
Program Description: Saint Patrick Church is restarting the Rainbows Ministry, which works with children who have suffered a loss of any significant type i.e. parent or grandparent, a divorce/separation, etc.
MILITARY SERVICE PROVIDERS
The following organizations are proud to offer services with the military in mind.
AFCEA - Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association
AFCEA International is a non-profit membership association serving the military, government, industry, and academia as an ethical forum for advancing professional knowledge and relationships in the fields of communications, IT, intelligence, and global security.
The Air Force Association
AFA is an independent, nonprofit, civilian education organization promoting public understanding of aerospace power and the pivotal role it plays in the security of the nation. AFA publishes Air Force Magazine, conducts national symposia and disseminates information through outreach programs. It sponsors professional development seminars and recognizes excellence in the education and aerospace fields through national awards programs. AFA presents scholarships and grants to Air Force active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve members and their dependents; and awards educator grants to promote science and math education at the elementary and secondary school level.
Airman & Family Readiness Center
The Airman & Family Readiness Center supports Air Force active, retired and separated member and families. They assist in the following areas:
Food Closet: Food items provided to families who are unable to obtain food due to lack of funds or an unforeseen emergency
Information & Referral: Provides assistance to the Pope community to locate agencies for requested services on base or in the local community to meet health, social or psychological needs.
Career Focus: Helps to enhance to marketability and employability of spouses and active duty members through individual counseling classes.
Resume & Interview Workshops: Helps with job searches, small business seminars, and 10 steps to Federal Employment.
Personal Financial Management: Offers information, education, and counseling on a variety of financial topics.
Relocation Assistance: Information and assistance to military personnel and their families who are involved in or anticipating a permanent change of station move, retirement/separation.
Transition Assistance: Provides separating or retiring members and their families the skills and the knowledge required to make a successful transition to a second career or retirement.
Family Life Education: Enhances the well-being of families and strengthens their adaption to the unique demands of Air Force life.
ASOP - Association of Special Operations Professionals
ASOP is an association of civilian and military professionals united in a common goal to serve and support special operations concept and philosophy; dedicated to promote stability and peace locally, regionally, and worldwide; committed to the needs of civilian and military Special Operations Forces for the protection of life, liberty, and justice any time and any place.
Association of the United States Army (AUSA)
Since 1950, the Association of the United States Army AUSA has been a leading non-profit educational organization that supports Americans, Army-Active, National Guard, Reserve, Civilians, Retirees & family members. AUSA mission is to represent every American soldier by being the voice for all components of Americas Army, fostering public support of the Army's role in national security and providing professional education and information programs.
AUSA - Association of the United States Army Braxton Bragg Chapter
AUSA is a private, non-profit education organization that supports America's Army - Active, National Guard, Reserve, Civilians, Retirees and family members. AUSA provides numerous Professional Development Opportunities at a variety of events, both local and national.
Cumberland County Veterans Services
Assists veterans and their dependents obtain benefits to which they are entitled by: submitting claims for benefits to the Department of Veterans Affairs; reviewing and following up on decisions of the Department of Veterans Affairs for fairness and accuracy; and writing and submitting appeals to the Board of Veterans Appeals for disputed decisions.
Deployment Readiness Program
Provides active duty, reserve units and guard units with pre and post deployment/mobilization briefings, Family Readiness Group assistance information and referral services, resource materials, and Operation R.E.A.D.Y. (Resource for Education About Deployment and You) training. The materials are designed to support unit commanders in preparing service members, civilian employees, and their families for military operations.
Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB) outlines the recreational activities available within the community.
Fort Bragg Army Community Services (ACS)
Fort Bragg Army Community Services (ACS) is part of the Army's program to assist soldiers and their families, and offers a variety of programs tailored for families living on and off post.
Fort Bragg Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR)
Fort Bragg Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) provides a wide variety of recreation opportunities for active duty and retired soldiers and their families.
The Golden Knights, U.S. Army Parachute Team
On June 1, 1961, the Army officially recognized, designated and activated the team as the U.S. Army Parachute Team. For 50 years, the Golden Knights have been wowing audiences at air shows and competitions. The Golden Knights not only perform air shows, compete on an international level and perform high tandems, they also visit high schools and work with local recruiters showing young adults what type of opportunities the Army has for them.
Gold Star Program
To provide care services to all families who suffer the loss of a Soldier with a primary focus on the Gold Star families. This includes referral to support groups, coordinating events, as well as linking families to community resources and services.
Military Officers Association of America
MOAA is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. The association plays an active role in military personnel matters in affecting the career force, the retired community, and veterans of the uniformed services. MOAA was founded on February 23, 1929. Today the association has about 370,000 members and is the country's largest military officers associations. MOAA's purpose is also to include career transition assistance, military benefits counseling, and educational assistance to children of military families.
Operation Homefront provides emergency and morale assistance for our troops, the families they leave behind and for wounded warriors when they return home. A nonprofit 501(c)(3), Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers in 30 chapters nationwide and has met more than 105,000 needs of military families. Operation Homefront also hosts the Web community Operation Homefront Online.
Patriot Outreach has a mission that is two-fold. One in which to provide private and confidential access to simple and effective resources to those troubled or suffering as a result of stressful or traumatic experiences while in service for our nation. The other is to provide a forum whereby concerned and experienced professionals can share their expertise and experience in promoting a better understanding of the needs of our noble warriors among our military, Health Professionals and Government Leadership.
Special Forces Association
The Special Forces Association Serves as the Voice for the Special Forces Community; Perpetuates Special Forces Traditions and Brotherhood; Advances the Public Image of Special Forces and Promotes the General Welfare of the Special Forces Community.
Special Operations Warrior Foundation
Providing college scholarships/grants to the children of fallen Special Operations Warriors.
USO of NC
The mission of the USO is to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families worldwide and to create a cooperative relationship between U.S. military communities and involved or supporting civilian communities.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service. Many arrived home wounded or sick. There was no medical care or veteran' pension for them, and they were left to care for themselves.
82nd Airborne Division, Wounded Warrior Committee
The 82nd Airborne Division Wounded Warrior Committee started in September 2007 by 82nd Airborne Division Spouses. The Division Ladies have been able to provide special items to our wounded Paratroopers as a gesture of our gratitude and on-going love and support.
The 82nd Airborne Division Wounded Warrior Committee is currently composed of Army Spouses and Surviving Spouses. We all have a vested interest in doing the right thing for our Wounded Heroes.