Capt. Karl Thomas, commanding officer of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN72), Command Master Chief Gregg Weber, along with the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) coordinators and Sailors aboard Lincoln celebrated the official start of the 2014 annual NMCRS fund drive with a cake-cutting ceremony aboard Lincoln's Floating Accommodation Facility (FAF).
NMCRS is a non-profit organization that provides financial and educational as well as other assistance to Sailors, Marines, eligible family members and family members of deceased military when in need.
The NMCRS fund drive continues through March 31 with a goal of reaching out and contacting 100 percent of the command as well as raising $45,000.
"This is my first year heading NMCRS for a command but I'm really excited because I feel like we have a great group of motivated Sailors ready to disseminate information and help with the cause," said Chief Aviation Ordnanceman Jason Faciszewski, organizer of the 2014 NMCRS fundraising aboard the Lincoln.
Since 1904, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society has been available to help Sailors, Marines and their families in times of need. NMCRS assists in a number of ways from financial assistance counseling.
"As an Airman, I was introduced to the Navy Marine Corps Society when I found myself in a time of need," said Chief Aviation Electronics Technician Tracey Moore, a NMCRS volunteer aboard the Lincoln. "They were able to provide me assistance with car repairs and provided me with a budget that enabled me to be prepared for future emergencies."
Since then Moore received training as an emergency caseworker.
"The training I received enabled me to take back what NMCRS has to offer and teach Sailors and Marines the ways NMCRS can be of assistance," said Moore. "Individuals often feel that they only provide emergency loans. That is not the case."
NMCRS gave more than $48 million in assistance in 2013. Traditional Nurses and Combat Casualty Assistance Visiting Nurses from NMCRS made more than 50,000 house visits to military or military family members in need and had 3,791 volunteers.
Lincoln is currently undergoing refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.
Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitz class to undergo an RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a vital part of the nation's defense.