Volunteers are the heart of the USO. Worldwide, more than 30,000 volunteers perform a special and crucial role to ensure we fulfill our mission of delivering comfort, care and support to troops and their families who reside in or pass through our service areas. Read on to learn how you can support local military service members and their families in your community.
Military Base Centers
Our military base centers provide a comfortable area for military members to kick back, relax and escape military life for a while. We provide a home away from home to service members separated from their loved ones and a variety of events and activities to boost morale and support military families. Volunteers welcome guests; prepare food and refreshments; assist with event planning, preparation and operation; and more from the following military base center locations:
- Fort Indiantown Gap
- Southampton Road National Guard Armory
- Joint Base Maguire-Dix-Lakehurst
Our program offices are a hub for planning, setting up and operating programs and events to build morale and provide support to military families. Volunteers at our program offices assist with events, help with fundraising activities, conduct outreach, perform office tasks, and more.
- Biddle Air National Guard
The Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) USO centers provide a comfortable area for military members to relax while traveling. While some may be traveling with their families for pleasure, most are traveling on military business, off to boot camp or returning from a tough deployment. USO volunteers carry out a variety of tasks to keep our center running. From greeting guests and answering phones to preparing food and refreshments to assisting with airport information, flight information and ground transportation, our volunteers help with a variety of travel dilemmas.
- At least 18 years of age
- Able to commit to a minimum two 6-hour shifts per month at PHL or two 4-hour shifts at PIT (Those volunteering at a program office will have opportunities as events are scheduled.)
- Able to undergo volunteer training, a background check, and TSA fingerprinting as opportunities require
Volunteer Opportunities for Groups
If your business or organization is seeking volunteer opportunities for groups, we have activities to organize at your location or one of ours. These can be perfect for a company day of caring or a team building event. Contact a location nearest you for more information.
If you’re ready to start your volunteer service, take the first step by creating a volunteer online account.