News: Navy Misawa concludes NMCRS Fund Drive
Story by Seaman Darrius Wharton
NAVAL AIR FACILITY MISAWA, Japan – Naval Air Facility Misawa and its 13 tenant commands completed its annual Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Fund Drive, April 7, 2012.
NAFM and its tenant commands raised a total of $34,617, which exceeded their intended goal.
“Our goal was to achieve both 100 percent contact with our sailors, and to raise $34,000, which we did,” said Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Joseph Bailey, the Navy Misawa fund drive coordinator, attached to Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Detachment Misawa. “Last year we raised about $32,000, and the year prior we raised about $23,000, so in just two years Navy Misawa increased its donations by more than $10,000.
According to its official website, NMCRS provides need-based financial assistance and other services to members to U.S. sailors and Marines, their eligible family members and survivors. It offers free financial counseling, no-interest loans, grants, various support services, as well as referrals to other community-based resources.
“I’ve used NMCRS as a young airman, and over the years, I’ve seen it help out a lot of other sailors and families with its various programs,” said Bailey.
But in order to take care of these needs, NMCRS depends on a largely volunteer workforce and its annual fund drive to help continue providing its valuable services.
“During the fund drive, the most important thing we do is raise money to ensure there are always funds available to service members who need it in emergency situations,” said Legalman 1st Class Demieka Wilson, a fundraiser coordinator at NAFM.
Misawa NMCRS coordinators raised money through many different means, including donations, penny drives, bake sales, and a pie-in-the-face contest, which allowed sailors to vote on who they would like to see get a pie in the face at one dollar per vote.
“This gave sailors the opportunity to pick someone at the command they thought were worthy of some pie, which is both funny - and in some cases - humbling,” said Wilson, who organized the contest. “I just thought it was something fun to do, which would both raise money, and put a smile on people’s faces.”
All in all, the pie contest raised more than $900 alone.
“I’m proud of the great work our coordinators did engaging our personnel and finding unique ways to raise money for this vital cause,” said Capt. Chris Rodeman, NAFM commanding officer. “We truly never know when a situation or need may arise that will require NMCRS support, so donating to this non-profit organization is always a good investment in our future.”
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