Friday, November 15, 2013

Funds donated by district staff help USO feed military families

The Community Service Association of the San Diego Unified School District -- the district's employee-funded charity -- has donated $2,500 to the local USO to purchase additional tables for the free Tuesday night dinners for active military personnel and their families.

Presenting the check Growing demand for the Tuesday night dinners, has resulted in attendance exceeding the number of available tables and chairs, families often had to take their food to the downstairs portion of the center, sit at separate tables or wait for a vacant table.

The USO used the Community Service Association donation to purchase 20 folding tables and two table dollies on which they will be stored. During a five-year lifetime, the additional tables will accommodate more than 28,080 individuals per Tuesday night dinner.

USO operates the USO San Diego Downtown Center and the USO Neil Ash Airport Center and offers a variety of services, helping to provide a touch of home to military personnel and their families. Both centers receive more than 150,000 visits annually and offer a comfortable and friendly place to relax while off-duty or traveling and provide complimentary snacks and refreshments.

The Community Service Association is a non-profit association organized to solicit contributions from district employees for recognized charitable agencies in San Diego County. Traditionally, CSA donates funds to organizations that support educational, health, and human services, as well as arts, research projects and literary projects.

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