It is important to remember those that serve in the military 365 days a year, and not just on holidays. But as we approach the annual Fourth of July celebration, Heartland Bank is proud to recognize the USO in their efforts to provide morale, welfare and recreation-type services to not only our men and women in uniform, but to their families as well.
The USO of Central & Southern Ohio is a private nonprofit organization whose mission is to support military servicemen and women. They serve 55 counties in central and southern Ohio and four in West Virginia. It is NOT a government agency and does not receive federal funding of any kind so the local USO office must rely on corporate and individual donations or in-kind contributions to pay for its operating and program expenses.
“Heartland is proud to be a strong supporter of the USO of Central & Southern Ohio. The government provides our soldiers with training, uniforms and three square meals a day, but the USO is the lifeline to their friends and families. The need for support in this area has never been greater, and as a Community Bank, we’re just trying to do our part,” said G. Scott McComb, President, Chairman and CEO of Heartland Bank and Board president of the USO of Central and Southern Ohio.
The USO provides financial support to many Family Service programs that are performed by the Ohio National Guard and Army/Air Force/Marine/Navy Reserves. They also assist with deployment events and homecoming celebrations. The USO of Central & Southern Ohio proudly provides the following additional services -
Airport Lounge - Operated at Port Columbus International Airport, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and Dayton International Airport for military people on the move, the lounge provides snacks, books, games, and telephone services daily from 8am-8pm Monday through Friday and 11am - 4pm Saturday & Sunday.
Family Services - Includes recreational activities, crisis intervention and information referral. When a service member is deployed, it impacts the entire family and the USO provides funds to support seminars, youth camps and other programs that help the family deal with the stress of military service. Special Events - Furnish free or discount tickets to ball games, theme parks, and other events.
USO Lounge – This area is available at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) in Gahanna, to assist new recruits that enlist for military service.
Family Events – Assists in funding family events such as camps, workshops, and retreats that help deal with the many challenges of military life.
Each month, more than 50 volunteers provide hundreds of hours of service to help staff both the USO lounge at the MEPS and all three of the Airport lounges. Are you looking for an awesome volunteer opportunity? Call our friends at the USO at (614) 692-3929 to offer your assistance. Or stop by one of the beer concession stands at Red White and Boom on July 3, where USO volunteers will be manning a booth. Support our troops – they deserve it! And Heartland Bank supports your financial needs, so stop into one of our 11 locations or visit us online at HeartlandBank.com.
USO of Central & Southern Ohio
165 N. Yearling Road
Columbus, Ohio 43213