Thank you, Military Spouse Clubs!
August 31, 2022
United Through Reading helps military families bond through reading, no matter their distance. We consider military spouses a crucial part of our program, and we are so grateful that they see value in what we do too. We received more than $18,000 this year from spouses clubs from around the world and from all service branches to help support summer reading programs.
The Camp Lejeune Officers’ Spouses’ Club (OSC) is located at the base in Jacksonville, NC. Their club currently has about 150 members and mainly comprises of Marine Corps spouses. They pride themselves on holding creative fundraising events, including an auction and “flocking” yards.
“We have teams within our club which every night for two weeks take a flock of 10 flamingos and put them in someone’s yard asking for donations,” explains Angela Tudor, Camp Lejeune OSC President. The money raised goes towards their grants and the club has a committee that goes through grant applications each year, including ours. The group discusses them in depth and votes.
The Wiesbaden Community Spouses’ Club calls Germany home! They are the oldest spouse club in Europe, founded in 1954. Brandy Schraeder, Wiesbaden Community Spouses’ Club President, says, “we donated the funds to support the cause of literacy. The WCSC understands the need to start readers at the youngest possible age, so we felt it was a cause near to our mission statement.” The WCSC generates funds from the club’s owned and operated thrift shop.
The funds from military spouse clubs were used to support our Summer Reading Program at MWR libraries serving all military branches. “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” launched in June in 164 libraries worldwide in 35 states and 12 countries or territories overseas. Military children participating in the program received a free book, a reusable tote bag, and information about United Through Reading’s Mobile Reading App.
Here’s a full list of the Spouses’ Clubs we’d like to thank!
Air Force Academy Spouses’ Club
Air Force Officer Spouses’ Club of Washington D.C.
Association of Bragg Spouses
Belvoir Spouses Club
Boutiki Gift Shop
Camp Lejeune Officer Spouses’ Club
Cannon Spouses’ Club
Eglin Spouses’ Club
Fort Bliss Spouses’ Association
Fort Campbell Spouses’ Club
Fort Gordon Spouses’ and Civilians’ Club
Fort Leavenworth Spouses’ Club
Fort Lee Area Spouses’ Club
Fort Myer Thrift Shop
Fort Polk Spouses’ and Community Club
Fort Riley Spouses Club
Fort Rucker Community Spouses’ Club
Hurlburt Spouses’ Club
Langley Spouses’ Club
Luke Spouses’ Club
Marne Community and Spouses’ Club
Military and Civilian Spouses’ Club of Fort Irwin
Military Spouse Association of Camp Pendleton
Military Spouses’ Association 29 Palms
Mountain Home Officer Spouses’ Club
Mountain Post Spouses’ Club
North Country Spouses’ Club
Officer Spouses’ Club of Whidbey Island
Robins Spouses’ Club
Spouses Club of Lewis-McChord
Spouses’ Club of Fort Eustis
Team Ellsworth Spouses’ Club
Travis Spouses’ Club
Tyndall Spouses’ Club
Wiesbaden Community Spouses’ Club
Learn more about supporting United Through Reading today https://unitedthroughreading.org/support/.