Story Number: NNS140325-06Release Date: 3/25/2014 9:13:00 AM
By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (AW/SW) Shawn D. Graham, Center for Service Support Public Affairs
NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- Center for Service Support (CSS) kicked off its annual Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society (NMCRS) active duty fund drive at Naval Station Newport (NWPT) March 25.
"NMCRS assists Sailors and Marines, and is run primarily by volunteers," said Chief Personnel Specialist (SW/AW) Roger Drumheller, CSS's NMCRS representative. "The Newport team dedicates a lot of time helping our fellow Sailors. Every member of our team has a sincere desire to give back and make sure everyone has access to assistance."
NMCRS is a private, non-profit, volunteer and charitable organization whose mission is to provide financial, educational and other assistance to Sailors, Marines, their eligible family members and survivors when in need. The main source of funds for NMCRS is from active duty and retiree solicitations.
"Our goal is 100 percent contact with each Sailor throughout our training domain by April 31 and to meet or exceed last year's donations," said Drumheller. "Everyone experiences unforeseen personal troubles periodically in their careers and may require emergency aid.
NMCRS has many services and also offers grants in special cases that Sailors don't have to pay back."
According to Chief Culinary Specialist (SS) Fred Butts, culinary specialist training manager, supporting the program is important and he reflected on his own experience with the program.
"The NMCRS provided me with an interest free loan when I was a young Sailor," said Butts. "I am glad to have been given this opportunity to do something good for them in return."
"I've also had a Sailor who worked for me whose mother had just passed away," said Butts. "He was distraught and didn't have the money to fly home to the funeral, so I recommended him to the relief society representative, and they were able to give him an interest-free loan to buy a ticket back home."
Butts also said that it doesn't always have to be an emergency to use NMCRS.
"The society also offers this interest-free loan as an alternative to payday or online loans which are expensive and place service members' personal information at risk," said Butts. "It would keep our Sailors away from predatory lending companies and high loan rates."
To obtain a quick assist loan (QAL), Sailors must visit one of the society's full-service centers, such as Newport; emergency offices and shipboard offices do not offer QALs. Sailors should also bring a copy of their Leave and Earning Statement (LES) and their identification card to apply. Sailors can expedite the process by filling out an application available online at www.nmcrs.org.
CSS and its learning sites provide Sailors with the knowledge and skills needed to support the fleet's warfighting mission. More than 300 staff and faculty work hand-in-hand with the fleet and are dedicated to ensure training is current and well executed on behalf of 10,000 Sailors who graduate from CSS courses annually in the administration, logistics and media communities.
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