Phi Kappa Tau is proud to support the USO as one of its national service partners. Throughout our country’s history, Americans have felt profound appreciation and gratitude for the dedication and sacrifice of our troops and their families. The USO provides a tangible way for all of us to say thank you, as it has for more than 70 years.
Thanks to your generosity, the USO fulfills its mission of lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families, through an extensive range of programs and services, more than 160 locations worldwide and at hundreds of entertainment events each year. Tens of thousands of USO volunteers do everything possible to help make troops feel that sense of “home away from home” while they are away when visiting USO locations.
The USO makes sure your help goes to those who need it the most: troops serving in combat, their families, our wounded warriors and their families, and families of the fallen. Through the USO, you can touch the lives of servicemen and women around the world.
We encourage Phi Kappa Tau brothers to support America’s troops and their families through the USO.
Some of the service projects your chapter can participate in include:
No Dough Dinners
Get to know some of the troops in your local area by sponsoring a “No Dough” dinner at your local USO. Hot Dogs and Fries, Chili Cheeseburgers or the classic Tacos and Burritos Night….a No Dough dinner is always appreciated! Dinners can draw up to 200-300 military members. Get food donated from your local pizza or burger joint. Unfortunately for security and health reasons homemade food cannot be accepted.
Blank Holiday Cards for Troops
For our troops deployed overseas there is no Hallmark store, no CVS, where they can run in and buy their loved ones a Valentine’s Day, Birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Thank you card. But for our troops so far away from home it means so much to them to have blank holiday cards that they can sign and send to family back home.
From sprucing up a USO Center to healthy snack drives to providing diapers and baby wipes there are many ways PKT brothers can support local USO Centers and troops and their families.
Good Tidings for Troops
Bring some holiday cheer to our troops stationed overseas. From streamers to balloons groups can provide all of the things to deck out a USO center for any holiday. Your fraternity can collect special holiday decorations and host a holiday decoration stuffing party. Fill your boxes with your items and include notes to our troops. The goal is to be able to offer those serving in dangerous and harsh conditions a touch of home during major U.S. holidays throughout the year.
Book Drive for United Through Reading’s Military Program
With the average service member on their fourth deployment, keeping them connected to their families at home is a key concern. United Through Reading’s Military program allows a deployed parent to be videotaped reading a book to their child. The DVD and the book are then sent to the child. In 2012, the USO celebrated its 250,000th UTR recording. Chapters can host a book drive for new children’s books to support this program.
Click here to download the complete Phi Kappa Tau-USO Guide.
To start your service project with the USO contact Lisa Ferrari Carter at 703-740-4938 or firstname.lastname@example.org.