Programs

Programs

Want to Partner with a LibertyUSO Program? Prior to starting a program, please register with the POC, listed below, for each program. If we already have enough signups for a specific program we can direct you to assist us in another.

Career Transition Program

An estimated 200,000-plus service members transition out of the military each year. Each Transition from military to civilian life is unique, and the USO of Pennsylvania and Southern NJ’s  there to help service members and military spouses through the process.

We have a Career Transition Project Manager on staff to assist in the process.

Learn How To Code: Zip Code Wilmington

Zip Code Wilmington offers a 12-week coding boot camp (3 times annually) with intensive training in Java and JavaScript. After the 12 weeks, those students who qualify can participate in a paid apprenticeship for 26 weeks with a corporate partner. In addition 93% percent of the students who graduate receive a job offer from one of the corporate partners. Starting salary is expected to be around $64,000.

The total cost for tuition is $12,000. $3,000 is paid up front by USO & InterDigital. If the student selects a job with a participating corporate partner, the remaining $9,000 is paid by the partnering company. If the student does not find employment within 6 months the tuition is forgiven. If the student elects employment with a company not part of the program than the student is responsible to pay the $9,000 balance.

The USO, in partnership with Interdigital will sponsor 3-5 [active, guard or reserve military or veteran] Service Members (or spouses) to participate in the program.

To set up an interview with a USO representative to determine your eligibility please contact Ms. Jo Anne Schultze at jschultze@libertyuso.org

Or to apply directly for the February 2019 Cohort. You will be given an opportunity to self identify as a service members or spouse.  Please visit: http://www.zipcodewilmington.com/apply-now

Visit Facebook Page

Visit Twitter Page

Educating Our Hiring Managers

Comcast NBCUniveral in a partnership with the USO will offer HR and business leaders the opportunity to advance their knowledge to move from a military friendly to military ready employer for our transitioning service members and their families.

PsychArmor will be utilized as the key education tool for informing our workforce leaders.   Our goal is to offer the content to HR professionals and business leaders with an incentive to those professionals who are HRCI and SHRM certified to earn certification credits.

For more information on the Comcast Psych Armor platform please visit: https://psycharmor.org/partners/nbc-comcast-universal/

Care Package Program Opportunities

*Monetary donation required for both programs

Christmas in July:

Sign up: January-April; Pick-up of completed Care Packages: June; Shipping: July
POC: Klowe@libertyuso.org
Costs: $6 per package donation and obtaining items for the care packages

Liberty USO is looking for 10 ambassador organizations/companies to acquire items for 100 care packages from each group. We also ask for a minimum donation of $6 per care package to offset supplies, shipping, printing and other costs of the program. Liberty USO will provide boxes, Tyvek envelopes, labels and donor cards. Some of the items that your group may be asked to collect are puzzle books, candy, trail mix, beef jerky and few more goodies. You will coordinate your own packaging date and we will coordinate a pick-up/drop off with military presence (based upon availability)

Download Flyer For More Info

Operation That’s My Dress

USO of Pennsylvania and Southern NJ will provide 1,000 free dresses and gowns to female service members, spouses and military children. In addition, there will be free make-up and jewelry, as well as make-up and hairstylists offering demonstrations. This is an opportunity to save a lot of money and enjoy a day of pampering. For more information on Operation That’s My Dress, as well as USO operations in South Jersey please contact Ms. MJ Flammer at MJFlammer@libertyuso.org

Download Flyer For More Info

Event Support

Family Day

$150-$500 (depending on size of Unit)
Sign up:
Family days occur various times throughout the year. Please contact for a list of dates and locations.
POC: Klowe@libertyuso.org

Each military Unit in the Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey region holds a family day. A family day brings military service members and their families together for a day of fun and food. Liberty USO provides food, drinks, and give-a-ways for the family days. If you would like to sponsor a family day you can donate money or gift cards to help us purchase those items. We can put your company logo at our table the day of the event.


Backpack Distribution

Sign up: July for August Distribution
Event includes lunch for military families and activities for children

Collection Programs and Team Building Activities

In addition to the following specific Collection programs, Liberty USO collects various items throughout the year to help offset program and operating costs. For a list of items for please email Kristen Lowe, Programs & Outreach Manager, at Klowe@libertyUSO.org.

Bob Hope Legacy Reading Program:

POC for Eastern PA: Klowe@libertyuso.org
POC for Central PA: JPrice@libertyuso.org
POC for Southern NJ: Mjflammer@libertyuso.org

For more than six decades – from World War II through Vietnam to the Gulf War – Bob Hope traveled the world, visiting remote outposts and isolated battleships to put on USO shows to support our nation’s service members and their families. His passion and commitment for helping keep troops and families stay connected from halfway around the globe lives on today.

The Bob Hope Legacy is proud to partner with the USO to create the Bob Hope Legacy Reading Program. In the spirit of Bob Hope and his dedication for bringing military families together, the program is largely driven by virtual, on-demand story time offerings that will help the USO extend its reach and connect an estimated 23,000 military families around the globe through reading this year. The Bob Hope Legacy Reading Program focuses on:

  • Bringing story time on demand around the globe. Thanks to the generous support of the Bob Hope Legacy, the USO is able to help service members read to their children from around the world. When a service member stationed in the deserts of Kuwait misses the birth of his child, the USO is there to provide that powerful connection back home. Through the Bob Hope Legacy Reading Program, that service member is able to read his newborn daughter a bed-time story from halfway around the globe. Service members can walk into participating USO locations, record themselves reading their child’s favorite story and have that recording shipped home.
  • Helping military kids stay connected through reading. Recognizing the challenges military children often face when dealing with separation, the Bob Hope Legacy Reading Program makes it possible for military kids to add a new book to their own library and share story time with someone they love by recording themselves reading. The USO sends the recording to the child’s special loved one, helping bring families together no matter the miles that may separate them.
  • Supporting local reading programs in many USO locations around the world. Local reading programs are designed to serve the unique needs of each military community. For some locations, the Bob Hope Legacy Reading Program gives military spouses dealing with a loved one’s deployment a chance to spend some time with other families in similar situations. Other program events encourage kids to use their creativity and complete a craft that complements a story’s theme. No matter where service may take our nation’s military families, the Bob Hope Legacy Reading Program is dedicated to helping bridge that distance.

Thanksgiving Baskets

Sign up: Now-November; Collected: No later than November 13th; Distributed: Week of November 16th
POC: Klowe@libertyuso.org
Costs/Collection: Turkey fixings and gift card for turkey purchase

Liberty USO provides Thanksgiving Baskets to military families in need. If you are interested in providing a thanksgiving basket you will be required to make a basket including a gift card for turkey, boxed stuffing, boxed potatoes, canned vegetables, gravy, yams, spray butter, pie mix, dessert mixes, apple juice, cranberry sauce, hot chocolate packets, and marshmallows. We will not be excepting actual turkey’s this year. Gift cards only please.


Gift Card Collection

Sign up: Anytime; Collected: Anytime; Distributed: All times throughout the year
POC: Klowe@libertyuso.org

With the understanding that so many military families are in need of financial support throughout the year, Liberty USO collects gift cards for military and their families. Gifts cards from Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Target, grocery stores, etc. are recommended. Any dollar amount is greatly appreciated. Please consider helping military families in need all throughout the year.


Adopt a Family (Winter Holiday Program)

Sign up: Now-November; Collected: No later than December 15th; Distributed: December 16th
POC: Klowe@libertyuso.org
Costs/Collection: Vary based on size of the family and suggested gifts

During the holiday season, some military families are struggling to provide gifts for their families.
The military service member will supply a suggested wish list of items for each of the families members. Groups that chose to adopt a family must obtain items from the wish list to best of their ability. Based on confidentiality we will only provide number of family members, ages, and genders if provided by the service members.


USO Hygiene Kits

Sign up: Anytime; Collection: Anytime; Program: Year round
POC: Klowe@libertyuso.org
Costs/Collection: Hygiene products

Liberty USO has mini hygiene kits that need contents. Please help us collect items to fill these kits. Items: Basic To Go Toilet Paper, travel toothpaste, disposable razor, 2 shave cream packets, 2 lens cleaning towelettes, mini toothbrush packaged, cap for toothbrush, small roll on deodorant alcohol free 1.5 oz., sunscreen 1 fl. Oz, hand & body lotion 2 fl. Oz bottle, mild shampoo 2 fl. Oz. bottle, Instant hand sanitizer 1.5 fl oz. bottle. Liberty USO will provide the kits themselves. This program is year-round need and collection can be tailored to a timeframe that works best for your group.


Rucksacks to Backpacks

POC for Eastern PA: Klowe@libertyuso.org
POC for Central PA: JPrice@libertyuso.org
POC for Southern NJ: Mjflammer@libertyuso.org

USO of Pennsylvania and Southern NJ delivers back to school supplies and backpacks to school aged military kids prior to returning to school from summer vacation. In 2018, over 1,500 backpacks were filled with school supplies and distributed to military families in need throughout Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. Please help us collect backpacks filled with supplies. We ask groups/companies to set a goal of at least 100 backpacks to be fulfilled. Our goal for 2019 is 2,000 filled backpacks to distribute. We ask groups/companies to set a goal of a least 25 completed backpacks. There are 23 items included in each backpack.