USO Northwest

February 2021 Newsletter

Proudly serving more than 800,000 military service members and their families annually throughout Washington and Oregon. #BeTheForce

USO Northwest Joins USO’s 80th Anniversary Celebration, Promotes Effort to Give More Than Thanks

Today, the United Service Organizations (USO) will celebrate 80 years of strengthening America’s military service members by connecting them to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.

Since its founding in 1941, the USO has adapted to the evolving needs of the military and has always been by their side. From providing morale-boosting entertainment to delivering millions of care packages—and from offering impactful career transitions programming to providing opportunities to connect with loved ones—the USO has been a valuable resource for the 40 million-plus brave individuals who have served our country over the past eight decades. And throughout the Washington-Oregon-Idaho region, USO Northwest has been serving the needs of our military and families since 1941, and continuously since 1966.

“USO Northwest and our Shali USO Center is proud to be part of the USO’s legacy of serving America’s Armed Forces,” said Donald Leingang, Executive Director of USO Northwest and Commander, US Navy (retired). February 4th is a milestone for our organization as it represents 80 years of selfless support to our service members and their families. If you have ever visited a USO Center, please remember to thank the USO Volunteer on duty who keeps our doors open."

Thanks to the family of volunteers and generosity of partners and donors, USO Northwest has helped advance the USO’s mission of connection in a variety of ways since its establishment.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, USO Northwest has supported in the following ways:

• Family Activity Kits

• Monthly Touchless No-Dough Dinners

• Mobile Center pizza deliveries

• Mobile Center ice cream truck

• Mobile Center soup deliveries

• Mobile Center pre-deployment meal deliveries

• Camp Lewis / Travis Manion Foundation teen initiative

Today at our Shali USO Center at McChord Field, USO Northwest will hold a celebration from 11 am to 1 pm and serve gourmet soups as well as cake and ice cream. Local service members and their family members are invited to come out and celebrate with us. COVID-19 precautions are in place and masks will be required.

To help the USO continue supporting a resilient military, USO Northwest invites the public to join the Force Behind the Forces® and Give More Than Thanks to service members and their families at home and abroad.

Americans can make a difference in the military community by actively expressing their gratitude for our nation’s service members and their sacrifices through donations, sponsorship, volunteering, sharing USO stories online, providing in-kind items or participating in USO activities.

To learn more about ways to give more than thanks, visit Follow the USO’s Give More Than Thanks campaign and be part of the conversation using the hashtag #morethanthanks.

Portland Center Construction Update (Jan. 2021)

USO Portland Center manager Jeff Keller recently toured the new USO Center at PDX which is currently under construction. Check out the video below to get a look at the progress being made at the new location!!
PDX Center Update (Jan. 2021)

V-Day Art Contest

HEY KIDS!! Get those art skills ready for the USO-NW Valentine's Day Silly Art Contest from Feb. 1-10!! Winners from three age groups will take home a special V-Day themed Family Activity Kit. Click the graphic for complete details!!

JBLM Teen Series coming this weekend

USO Northwest and the Travis Manion Foundation are teaming up again for the JBLM Teen Series on Zoom! Join us Feb. 6 for "A Lesson about Hope and Goal Setting." Register here:

USO-NW In Action!!

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, our Centers remain busy during the ongoing pandemic serving local active duty military members and their families. Take a look at what we've been up to in the photos below. Click on any photo for a larger version.

USO Transitions - Feb. 2021

USO Transitions offers a wide range of services to service members and family members making the transition from active duty life to the civilian sector. Take a look at what's being offered this month by clicking on the images below!!


Volunteers are the driving force behind what we do here at USO Northwest. Without their tireless efforts, we would not be able to support our military the way we do. Come be a part of a great organization!! Click on the image to the right to find more information!! #BeTheForce