News: Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society celebrates 110 years of service
Story by Lance Cpl. Justin Rodriguez
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society celebrated 110 years of service to military personnel with an anniversary event aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Jan. 23.
The mission of the organization is to assist service members with financial aid, education needs and much more.
Since its inception in 1904, the private, non-profit, charitable organization has branched out to more than 250 offices throughout the world. The important tasks of the organization have been accomplished by more than 3,600 volunteers and employees.
“If this organization wasn’t so impactful, it wouldn’t exist today,” said Jennifer Roby, chair of volunteers with the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society branch aboard base. “It’s all about giving people a voice who cannot voice their own opinion or problems. It’s about helping service members and their families out.”
NMCRS does more than give financial assistance; it has provided food, shelter, vehicle repairs, payments, emergency transportation and much more since its inception.
“The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society has always met the standard of being ready when the nation is not,” said Col. James W. Clark, deputy commander of Camp Lejeune. “Since the inception of the program, it’s continued to evolve over time. It went from reacting to situations, to being proactive and doing things like helping our Marines and sailors with financial management, and loans. Those services help more than you can possibly imagine.”
The branch aboard Camp Lejeune has been offering help to its service members since May 1942. In 2012, it provided $2.4 million dollars to service members in assistance with loans, educations and emergencies.
“I can be a voice and advocate for service members and their families who sometimes cannot do that,” said Roby. “We advocate heavily for a service member and their family. Throughout the 110 years of service it’s untouchable. We’ve done much more than just loan people money in the century of service.”
While giving back to service members, NMCRS requests service members also make a donation to support the assistance of others. From March to April every year, service members are given the opportunity to give back to others.
“We’re grateful for everything the Navy Relief nurses do,” said Capt. David A. Lane, commanding officer of the Naval Hospital aboard base. “Having the option to get help or even have the reassurance knowing someone will give counseling or relief work is amazing.”
For more information on the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society branch aboard base, call 451-5346.