By Toni W. Riley
With the important mission of strengthening military families and connecting America to its military, Blue Star Families is organizing a chapter at Fort Campbell. Beginning in 2009 with a group of military spouses, Blue Star Families has worked to create networks to support military families, provide resources and promote healthier military lifestyles and has 27 chapters worldwide.
Kate Oyer, chapter engagement and opportunity manager, said Blue Star Families Staff is looking for a volunteer to help “lead the charge” of organizing a Blue Star Families Chapter at Fort Campbell. This person would be key in getting the word out about the many free programs that Blue Star Families offers. Oyer emphasized that Blue Star Families is independent of the Department of Defense and is able to provide programs free of charge because of generous donations form corporations, individuals and foundations.
The main volunteer is considered a volunteer director and would help key volunteers set up tables at installation wide events.
The volunteers might be also be involved in the Books on Base programs and help bring books to schools.
If there are individuals who would like to become a Blue Star Families volunteer they would need to go to the webpage, Bluestarfam.org and visit the volunteer section to fill out a short information form. That form would go to Oyer and she would get in touch with the individual to set up an online training session that can be done at the individual’s pace.
Oyer said the volunteers are ambassadors for the program and help connect families with the resources that Blue Star Families has to offer. The volunteers need to be visible and active.
Blue Star Families recognizes that frequent moves, deployments and transitions can make establishing strong trusted networks difficult. Blue Star establishes these networks and provides resources, services and opportunities for 1.5 million military family member
Local chapters provide programs and resources and programs are based on the real needs of family. This assistance can range from spouse employment to caregiver support.
Blue Star Families offers family’s support as well as educational and family fun.
Blue Star Programs
- Books on Bases offers free books to families, base school and libraries promoting literacy for military communities of all ages.
- Blue Star Museums through a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, offers free access to museums across the country from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
- Blue Star Arts with support from MetLife Foundation seeks to increase access to the arts for military families.
- Blue Star Theatre in cooperation with Theatre Communications Group and theaters across the country honors military families and provides them with free and/or reduced admissions, special opportunities and programs.
- Caregivers Employing Caregivers is a program developed to specifically target and empower military family members who are caring for their veteran or service member. Through workshops, coaching and digital resources, Blue Star Families strives to ease the challenges.
- Blue Star Careers the military spouse employment and education program provides a broad range of military spouse employment and education.
- Blue Star Summer Reading encourages the love of reading.
The mission of Blue Star Families is “Together we create a supporting framework to build stronger communities and help make military life more sustainable.” For more information, visit bluestarfam.org, facebook.com/BlueStarFamilies, twitter.com/BlueStarFamily. Kate Oyer can be reached at 931-292-2695 or firstname.lastname@example.org.