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    Support of those in need deeply rooted in Local NMCRS Office and Director

    Support of those in need deeply rooted in Local NMCRS Office and Director

    Photo By Petty Officer 3rd Class Maxwell Higgins | 211028-N-MQ631- 1001 GROTON, Conn. (Oct. 28, 2021) Navy Marine Corps Relief Society...... read more read more



    Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Maxwell Higgins 

    Subase New London

    GROTON, Conn. –
    The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) traces its roots to Navy spouses who saw the need for a more formal and organized form of assistance for Sailors and used proceeds from the 1903 Army-Navy football game to support widows and families of enlisted men.
    As the 2021 gridiron contest between Army-Navy approaches on Saturday, December 10, the Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) New London NMCRS office and its new director remain committed to providing financial assistance and education, as well as other programs and services, to members of the Navy and Marine Corps, their eligible family members, widows, and survivors.
    Stepping up
    Ashley Harr, a longtime volunteer, NMCRS supporter, and Navy spouse became the director of the non-profit’s SUBASE office in June 2021.
    After marrying a submarine Sailor in April of 2004, Harr served as a command ombudsman and worked alongside the society for a number of years in Groton, Guam and Hawaii.
    “My family and I have gone through our fair share of deployments, unaccompanied tours and moves,” said Harr. “But it has all been worth it.”
    As Harr and her family were making the transition to move back to Groton from the pacific, the position of NMCRS director became available.
    “Everything just fell into place on its own,” said Harr. “When I heard the position was open I jumped on the opportunity.”
    As director, Harr is the face of the NMCRS and has a duty to advocate for Sailors and their families whenever possible.
    “With over 200 offices and thousands of volunteers working alongside service members to raise millions of dollars every year you can see why I was adamant to join such an impactful organization,” said Harr.
    Getting the word out and getting out-and-about herself has been a priority for Harr.
    “We want to be a presence in Sailors’ careers as early as possible to raise awareness of all we can offer them,” said Harr. “We’re furthering our involvement with the ‘indoc’ process for newly arriving personnel, and I am always seeking opportunities to attend events, meetings, and ceremonies to network and reach out to potential volunteers.”

    Holiday support
    As Harr’s focus has been continuing to push the society forward as a resource that Sailors can rely on for support, the holiday season adds additional emphasis.
    “For some, the holidays are about time with loved ones, great food, or snowy days,” said Harr. For many, it's filled with anxiety, fear, and dread due to the cost of gift giving, travel, or emergencies.”
    Harr highlights that the holiday season is the perfect time for you to take control of your money and learn how to make your money work for you.
    “We offer confidential financial education and assistance through a wide variety of services for Sailors, Marines, retirees, and families,” said Harr. “Some services include free personalized budgets, interest-free loans, free educational classes, and emergency travel and disaster relief support.”
    Harr also highlights that visiting the Society's thrift shop during the holiday season can help you stick to your budget with great prices on gently-used, far-ranging items.
    Giving and Volunteering
    As Harr educates Sailors about Society services, she also seeks to inform family and community members about Society opportunities.
    “What many people may not know is that NMCRS is primarily made up of volunteers, and only a fraction of workers are paid staff,” Harr. “Out of the forty-five people we have working at our SUBASE office, forty-three of them are volunteers.”
    The holiday season offers an opportunity to put goodwill into action notes Harr.
    “NMCRS is an organization that is built on the goodwill and generous time of everyday people that want to help Sailors and Marines around the world,” said Harr. “This holiday season I urge those inclined to consider a gift that will give back: volunteer or make a donation to the Society. Let’s all continue to build on that spirit and those proceeds from the 1903 Army-Navy football game and make a difference for those in need.”
    For more information on the society, volunteer opportunities, or to speak with Ashley Harr call (860)-694-4550.



    Date Taken: 12.08.2021
    Date Posted: 12.08.2021 14:51
    Story ID: 410742
    Location: GROTON, CT, US 

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