News: Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society serves Cherry Point Marines
Story by Lance Cpl. Cayce Nevers
CHERRY POINT, N.C. - For more than 100 years the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society has been helping Sailors, Marines and their families.
In 2012, the Cherry Point Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society provided $625,000 in ﬁnancial support, helped more than 1,200 local service members and their families, educated more than 350 new parents and conducted 40 short courses on a variety of personal wellness and ﬁnancial topics affecting nearly 2,500 Marines and Sailors.
“The society helps people out tremendously,” said Vicki Wilson, Cherry Point NMCRS director. “We find out what their problem is and help them in any way we can.”
The society offers many services both financial and non-financial.
Some of what the society provides includes interest-free loans or grants to offset such expenses as emergency transportation, funeral expenses, medical or dental bills, utilities, disaster relief assistance or other family emergencies or expenses. The society also provides educational loans and grants, money management budget reviews, Budget for Baby workshops and a visiting nurse program.
These programs have been used by many service members throughout the Navy and Marine Corps since the society’s inception in 1904. The society is a private, non-proﬁt charity dedicated to supporting active-duty and retired Marines and Sailors with ﬁnancial and educational assistance.
One of the most popular services used at Cherry Point is the Quick Assist Loans. Quick Assist Loans allow active-duty Sailors and Marines to receive money quick with no application fee and no appointment needed. The Quick Assist Loans are used for basic living expenses, emergency vehicle repair and more.
“The Quick Assist Loans are our highest category,” said Wilson. “They increased the Quick Assist Loans from $300 to $500 in February.”
For more information about the programs and services the society offers, visit www.nmcrs.org or call 466-2031.
In order to provide services to Sailors, Marines and their families in their time of need, the society relies on donations to fund these services.
April 1-30 all Navy and Marine Corps units at Cherry Point will conduct an active-duty fund drive to increase service members’ understanding of the society’s mission and to raise money to ensure its ability to carry out assistance and education services. Donations contributed directly support programs benefiting Cherry Point-based personnel and their family members.
Last year, the society as a whole received nearly $10 million through various fund drives. The active-duty fund drive accounts for nearly half of the total annual contributions made to the society.
“What they try to do with the fund drive is they want to touch everyone,” said Wilson. “They want to make sure that everyone knows about us.”
Service members can learn more about the Cherry Point Active-Duty Fund Drive, which begins Monday and lasts through April 30, or to make a donation at http://www.nmcrsfunddrive.org or by logging in to Marine Online at www.mol.usmc.mil.
Keep an eye out for more information and Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society success stories in future issues of The Windsock.