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Air Force Aid Society

 The official Air Force charity provides assistance to Air Force families in three different ways. First, Air Force Aid Society provides emergency financial assistance to active and retired Air Force personnel and their families. Second, the society provides funds to pay for several community enhancement programs. Finally, AFAS provides assistance with education costs for Air Force family members.

Bundles and Books for Babies 
The Air Force Aid Society and the Airman & Family Readiness Center sponsor this informative program for families of active duty in all service branches who are in their third trimester. The Air Force Aid Society provides a Gerber layette, valued at $90, which includes two crib sheet sets, a three-pack sleep-and-play set, five-pack of onesies, bibs, burp cloths, a thermal receiving blanket, mittens, and a hooded towel and washcloth set, which is gifted in a reusable tote bag.

Books on parenting, health and development are provided by California First 5 and the Airman & Family Readiness Center.

Attendees will learn about fitness before and after pregnancy, tips for stress management, how to calm a crying baby, car seat safety, budgeting for baby, and New Parent Support resources available through Military One Source. Both parents are encouraged to attend this class.

Car Care Because We Care 
The Air Force Aid Society pays for a visual safety inspection and oil and lube change for the family’s primary vehicle for the following: spouses of active-duty Air Force members deployed for more than 30 days, spouses of active-duty Air Force members assigned to a remote tour, and first-term Airmen at their first duty station, who complete a one-on-one budget with a Personal Financial Management Program counselor. If the safety inspection identifies needed repairs, the spouse or first-term Airman may apply for a loan from the Air Force Aid Society to pay for the repairs. The Auto Hobby Shop or Firestone Car Care on Travis complete the inspection, oil/filter change and lube when the spouse or first-term Airman presents a voucher from the Airman & Family Readiness Center. The front desk receptionist will give certificates to spouses of deployed; a copy of orders is required. The PFMP Manager issues vouchers to first-term airmen at their first duty station financial course. The program is not retroactive.

Child Care for PCS Program 
Air Force Aid Society pays for up to 20 hours of free child care per child for families of all ranks with PCS orders to Travis within 60 days of arrival or departure. Family Child Care homes are the authorized providers of this care. The front desk receptionist in the Airman & Family Readiness Center issues certificates.

Child Care for Volunteers 
The Air Force Aid Society pays for child care expenses in licensed Family Child Care homes for volunteers in programs supporting the AF community. Volunteers at the Airman’s Attic, Airman & Family Readiness Center, David Grant Medical Center, Dental Clinic, Chapel and American Red Cross may be considered for this program. Volunteers in fundraising activities, resale and social activities are not eligible.

Education Grants 
The Air Force Aid Society awards competitive grants of up to $2,000 for sons and daughters of the following: Air Force active duty, retired, or deceased while on active duty or in retired status. Title 10 AGR/Reservists on extended active duty and Title 32 AGR on full-time active duty may also be eligible. Stateside spouses of active duty Air Force and Title 10 AGR/Reservists on extended active duty may compete, as well as surviving spouses of Air Force members who died while on active duty or in retired status. Applications are available at the Airman & Family Readiness Center from November to mid-March each year and on the Internet at www.afas.org . Call (707) 424-2486 for more information.

Emergency Financial Assistance 
Most assistance is by loan or, less often, by a grant or a loan/grant combination. Assistance may be given for food and rent, emergency leave travel expenses, bridge loans to assist with funerals for active duty dependent death, repair of only means of transportation, fire or other disasters, and limited amounts for medical/dental expenses not covered by TRICARE. For information, contact the AFAS office, (707) 424-2486. For after duty hours and emergencies only, which cannot wait until the next duty day, call the American Red Cross at (877) 272-7337.

Give Parents a Break 
The Air Force Aid Society provides limited child care sessions at the Child Development Center and Youth Center to care for children 6 months to 12 years old when families are experiencing high volumes of unusual stress. These sessions are held on the first Saturday of the month from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Families that may qualify are those that are experiencing extended TDY, deployment, remote tour, etc. Members or families may contact their first sergeant, Family Advocacy, base chaplain, or Airman & Family Readiness Center for a referral certificate. Call (707) 424-2486 for more information.

Nursing Moms Program 
Air Force Aid Society provides loans of up to $200 for assisting with breast pump purchases or rental and is available for families of Air Force active duty.

Bike Loans
This Air Force Aid program, exclusive to Travis Air Force Base, can provide Airmen (A1C and below) with a $400 loan toward the purchase of a bicycle, helmet and lock for transportation means. To find out if you are eligible, please contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center at (707) 424-2486.

Respite Care 
“The Gift of Time.” The Air Force Aid Society provides grants for eligible Exceptional Family Member Program families to hire a respite care provider for a few hours each week. Eligibility includes a financial need and the availability of the respite care provider. The program aims to relieve stress in families with a special needs member or where there is high risk for maltreatment. For more information, call (707) 424-2486.

 
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