Financial emergencies happen to all of us. It could be due to a death or illness in the family, a pay problem, a vehicle repair, an unexpected medical or dental need or some other financial crisis. The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society provides financial, educational and other assistance to active-duty and retired members of the Navy and Marine Corps and their eligible family members and survivors when in need.
The society’s office is in Building 83. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. To make an appointment or for any questions, call 860-694-3285. After hours, call the American Red Cross at 877-287-3327, which will assist on behalf of the society.
Services Available — The society has a variety of services available:
Financial assistance for emergencies in the form of interest-free loans and grants is available by appointment by calling 860-694-3285. Assistance for emergency leave is available at any time during office hours or by calling the Red Cross after hours.
Quick Assist Loans of up to $500 are available to active-duty Sailors and Marines. The loans are designed to help with emergency needs for basic living expenses, medical or dental expenses, vehicle or transportation expenses, or family emergencies. Quick Assist Loans can be obtained in about15 minutes. They are interest-free and are repaid by an allotment of three to 10 months. Applicants must provide an active-duty ID card and most recent leave and earnings statement and complete an application form (available online at www.nmcrs.org and at the office).
Budget counseling is available for those who are considering a major purchase or experiencing financial problems or for those who just want to get a handle on their budget. Call 860-694-3285 for an appointment.
A gift card and a handmade blanket can be obtained by attending the Budget for Baby Class or by individual appointment.
Visiting nurses will come to your home to see a new baby, visit an ill family member or provide health education. They are also available to provide medical and emotional support for wounded Sailors and Marines and their extended families. Services are free and can be arranged by calling the nurses at 860-694-4118.
The Thrift Shop offers low-cost used uniforms, civilian clothing and small household goods. The shop is in Building 164 (in Dealey Center). Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Call 860-694-4774 for the most current store hours or for questions. Donations are always needed and most welcome during mornings that the shop is open.
Volunteer to Help a Military Family in Need
A young Sailor needs help to get home because his mother is critically ill. Could you answer the call? Volunteers at the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society help Sailors, Marines and their families, both active and retired, to sort through a problem and find a solution. The society’s workforce primarily consists of volunteers who commit a few hours each week to help others.
Volunteers are needed in a wide variety of positions, including front desk, casework, thrift shop, food pantry, publicity and newsletter, and Budget for Baby class. No special skills are needed — only the desire to help fellow military families and spend time with friendly people.
The society provides training, child care fees, mileage to the office and volunteer recognition awards for hours served. As a volunteer, you will have the flexibility to set your own hours and have the opportunity to work with a great group of volunteers and staff. Call 860-694-3285 for an application.