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Family Resources In Onslow County

Camp Lejeune Family Resources in Onslow County

Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.

American Red Cross

www.redcross.org

The Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service.

The American Red Cross offers confidential services to all members of the military, veterans, and their families by connecting them with local, state and national resources through the network of chapters in communities across the United States and offices on military installations worldwide.

Local Red Cross offices develop and maintain relationships with key community partners. Military families rely on the Red Cross to help them identify their needs and connect them to the most appropriate Red Cross and community resources. This key Red Cross service includes responding to emergency needs for food, clothing, and shelter, referrals to counseling services (e.g., financial, legal, mental health), respite care for caregivers, and other resources that meet the unique needs of local military members, veterans and their families.

The American Red Cross Emergency Communications Center is available to help 24/7. Call 877-272-7337 or submit an online request at https://saf.redcross.org/css.

Armed Services YMCA

www.asymca.org

The ASYMCA is made up of 13 branches and about 20 affiliate locations at local Ys and on some DOD facilities across the U.S.

It makes military life easier by providing programs and services to the young men and women of all five armed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

ASYMCA programs, services and events are designed to help the family come together, stay together and have the ability to adjust, bounce back and thrive wherever the services send them — with a particular focus on junior-enlisted men and women, the individuals on the front lines of defending our nation. Programs are offered at low cost and require no dues or membershipfees.

Signature programs include: Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala, Art and Essay Contest, Military Family Month, Operation Hero, Operation Holiday Joy, Operation Kid Comfort, Operation Outdoors, Operation Ride Home, Parent and Me, Teddy’s Child Watch and YMCA/DOD Military Outreach Initiative.

Find ASYMCA locations by visiting www.asymca.org/locations.

Child Care Aware

www.childcareaware.org

Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for families regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.

The site has information on the different types of child care and how to choose the right child care for your family. Financial resources include a child care budgeting calculator and information on federal and state fee assistance. There’s also a special section for military and DOD families with links to military child care fee assistance. To speak with a specialist about military and DOD child care programs, call 800-424-2246, option 6.

North Carolina Health and Human Services – Social Services

Dorothea Dix Campus, McBryde Building

820 S. Boylan Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27603
919-527-6335
www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/dss

The North Carolina Department of Social Services works to protect the vulnerable, promoting strong and economically self-sufficient families as well as personal and family recovery and resiliency. The department’s programs include safe surrender (for newborns’ safety); refugee services; Work First, North Carolina’s temporary assistance for needy families; and services for adoption, child care, child support enforcement, food and nutrition, foster care, pregnancy and more.

Onslow County Social Services

1915 Onslow Drive Extension
Jacksonville, NC 28540
910-455-4145
www.onslowcountync.gov/155/Social-Services

The Department of Social Services helps Onslow County residents meet their basic daily living needs through financial, nutritional, and medical assistance. The department promotes their well-being through social work services to strengthen families, and protective services to prevent or remedy abuse, neglect or exploitation of vulnerable children and the disabled or elderly adults.

Military OneSource

www.militaryonesource.mil

Military OneSource is your central hub and go-to-place for the military community. Get to know your benefits and prepare for the big stuff — deployments, reintegration, moves, parenthood, retirement and more. Browse by topic or search for that strangely specific question you want to know the answers to. No matter where military life takes you, with Military OneSource you’ll always be in the loop.

Operation Homefront

www.operationhomefront.org

Operation Homefront assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items, and rent-free transitional housing for wounded veterans and their families.

Helping military families gain long-term stability is a specific concern for Operation Homefront. Homes on the Homefront awards mortgage-free homes, impacting veteran families for generations to come. The caregivers for wounded warriors also need help and that is why Hearts of Valor was formed.

Operation Homefront’s annual gala recognizes extraordinary military kids. The organization also hosts multiple Homefront Celebrations, Star-Spangled Baby Showers, Back-to-School Brigades and Holiday Meals for Military events each year to show appreciation to military spouses.

Visit Operation Homefront online for more information.

United Service Organization

www.uso.org

Since 1941, the USO has kept our military men and women connected to their families, home and country no matter where they are or under what conditions they serve. Programs for military families include Couples Seminars: Stronger Families, Comfort Crew for Military Kids, Operation That’s My Dress, United Through Reading, Baby Showers: USO and What to Expect Present Special Delivery and The Sesame Street/USO Experience.

The USO also provides transition services to support Americans’ return to civilian life after completing their military service. For more information, go to www.uso.org/programs/uso-pathfinder.

Visit the USO’s website to find a location near you.

Pets

Camp Lejeune Family Resources Pets

Moves are stressful for everyone — including the family pet. Pets can sense stress and a change in routine can be difficult for them. If possible, keep your pets in a quiet, secure area while movers pack up or unload your belongings. Movers will have your door open while they move boxes and furniture, and a pet may slip out the door undetected. Make sure you keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times. Ensure the tag has your current phone number on it. It is also a good idea to microchip your pets. Remember to keep the microchip’s contact information up-to-date. If your pet escapes during any part of your move, you want the animal shelter that scans the chip to be able to contact you.

Your pet faces many new outside hazards in the area, including snakes and alligators. Venomous rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, coral snakes and copperheads pose real dangers, so keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, especially if it starts sniffing or pawing the ground. Alligators are the biggest threat to dogs and they live wherever there is water, so don’t let your dog walk around or swim in unknown waters, especially at night when alligators are feeding.

Animal Services

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Hunting and fishing licenses 888-248-6834
Wildlife violations 800-662-7137
www.ncwildlife.org

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission manages and ensures the long-term well-being of fish and wildlife, especially as humans continue to encroach on wildlife habitats. The website offers tips on conservation, and information about sustaining North Carolina’s wildlife habitats.

Onslow County Animal Services

244 Georgetown Road
Jacksonville, NC 28540
910-455-0182
www.onslowcountync.gov/202/Animal-Services

Onslow County Animal Services provides a variety of services including assistance with adoptions, animal surrenders, lost and found animal reporting, and spay/neuter education. For more information on the county’s animal shelter and pet adoption, visit the Onslow County Animal Services’ website.

Veterinary Services

Veterinary services in Onslow County are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers.

Pets for Patriots

https://petsforpatriots.org

Pets for Patriots’ vision is to end animal homelessness in the United States while giving our military veterans and their families the greatest “thank you” of all: the extraordinary love of a companion pet. It makes this happen through its nationwide shelter and veterinary networks, military and veteran organizations, and a public that values the lives of both the vulnerable and heroic among us.

To learn more about adopting a pet, visit https://petsforpatriots.org/adopt-a-pet/how-it-works.

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