As the nation’s leading organization to serve the men and women in the military, and their families, the USO remains in close alignment with military commands and goes where no other nonprofit goes to support the emergent needs of our Armed Forces. With the scale and scope of the USO, we are best positioned to mobilize and help service members and military families being impacted by the coronavirus outbreak – at home and around the world.


During this unprecedented time of social distancing, quarantines, and isolation, the USO’s mission of strengthening service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country is more critical than ever before. COVID-19 is a global health emergency impacting everyone. For our troops and military families, this pandemic is creating additional hardships for individuals who are already sacrificing while they continue to serve the county and carry out missions around the world.

ISOLATION: Thousands of troops and families restricted to base or ships and some are under precautionary quarantine or in isolation

DEPLOYMENT: National Guardsmen deployed to support civil authorities in areas being hit hardest by the coronavirus. Thousands are being called up

PCS SEASON: Travel restrictions enforced just as Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moving season begins with hundreds of families now separated from their items already shipped overseas

FAMILY: Military spouses, who often find themselves managing as a single parent, are now also dealing with childcare closures and homeschooling. Many are balancing this new normal while still working and some have lost their jobs


As the COVID-19 outbreak is quickly evolving, the USO has pivoted resources across the county in an approach that helps care for military members and their families, while also aiding in reducing the spread of the virus. A few examples of USO Northern California’s support in action include:

  • USO Northern California has provided meals, snacks, and recreational items to hundreds of those who are in isolated areas or under restricted movement at Travis Air Force Base, Beale Air Force Base, Marine Command Warfare and Training Center, and U.S. Coast Guard SF Station.

  • National Guardsmen are supporting medical units and local food banks. USO NorCal is taking care of them through deliveries of needed meals, snacks and beverages, and morale boosting items.

  • Hundreds of military families with special needs are receiving “Calm Down” kits full of stress relieving games and resources to aid in reducing anxiety during these uncertain times.

  • USO NorCal is delivering a touch of home to military families by bringing programs such as the drive by Easter Bunny and board games to help families feel more connected and spirits lifted in these challenging times.

  • As restrictions change and families are at home, we are adapting traditional programs for virtual delivery, including story-time for families, fun classes for kids, health and wellness for spouses and service members, live engagements with celebrities and athletes.


To ensure the USO keeps pace with emerging needs and opportunities as the Coronavirus evolves, we have launched the Combat COVID-19 Initiative to raise $3 Million in new resources to support needs described above and innovations in mission delivery in a rapidly shifting landscape of need.


To support the USO, please contact Monique August, Director, USO Northern California, at 650-561-2491 or

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