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Causes: Community Service Clubs, Military & Veterans Organizations, Philanthropy, Veterans, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Blue star families is committed to connecting one another through the unique challenges of military service and asking the larger civilian population to help as well, strengthening military families regardless of rank, branch of service or physical location, and leading military family members towards opportunities to build strength in individuals, families and communities. We accomplish this through local chapter-based community events and by serving as a bridge between families and support and service organizations that are striving to help make military life more sustainable. Through outreach and involvement with national and local organizations, civilian communities and government entities, blue star families works hand in hand to share the pride of service, promote healthier families, aid in our military readiness and contribute to our country's strength.

Target demographics: military families

Programs: Morale programs - bsf designs and delivers innovative programs that are geared for the military community. Blue star museums is a partnership between bsf, the national endowment for the arts, and 2,178 museums nationwide. The program runs from memorial day through labor day. Over 780,000 military family members visited a participating "blue star museum" in 2014. Books on bases is a program that facilitates the collection and distribution of new books to military children across the country as well as military impacted schools and libraries. With the support of generous partners, bsf has distributed over 185,000 books through this program since inception. Wounded warriors: blue star families hosts year-end holiday parties for all wounded warriors and their families as well as e-6 and below active duty service members and their families at locations in the washington dc area. The parties consist of afternoons with activities for the families and kids including face painting, building ginger bread houses, arts and crafts, singing, story time, while also providing food, beverages, and holiday gifts to all who joined us. Since the blue star theatres program debuted in september 2012, more than 105 theatres across the country are offering discounted tickets and special programming and workshops for military families, veterans, and active duty personnel. The blue star families fellowship is a partnership with corporations that provides military spouses with a paid position, serving both the sponsor corporation and bsf. Through this partnership, the fellows will acquire valuable leadership and volunteer management skills to assist in their role as a bsf chapter director as well as gain professional development opportunities via the sponsor corporation. The program is being developed to help address the widening unemployment gap amongst military spouses as identified by our blue star families' military lifestyle survey. As of december 31, 2014 bsf had placed 16 fellows in paid employment positions within bsf.

membership and chapters - bsf mission is to support, connect and empower military families to each other and in the communities where they live. Bsf does this through a chapter network that included 42 chapters. These chapters, led by volunteer chapter directors, reach out to local and state officials and military and community leaders to spread the word about military families and military issues.

research and policy - bsf, as part of its central mission to connect, engage and empower military families, conducts in-depth research on the issues that affect the military family community, using the information to inform military and civilian leaders at the national, state and local levels about the findings and to work collaboratively to find innovative and effective solutions. The annual military lifestyle survey is the principal vehicle through which these issues are identified. Active service members, spouses, veterans, and family members of active, reserve, and national guard participate in the survey. This country cares makes our military families and veterans aware that there is help and hope through a series of suicide prevention announcements featuring country music celebrities. The message is simple: "your family needs you, we need you. Thank you for your service. " the updated version of the reintegration toolkit titled "everyone serves" is expected to reach over 300,000 service member families as a downloadable e-book.

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