July 5, 2019
BALTIMORE, MD. – Blue Star Families and CSX continue their mission across America with the launch of the new CSX Blue Star Community in Baltimore. The Blue Star Families Baltimore Chapter will offer support to more than 100,000 military members and their families by connecting them with more than 30,000 civilian neighbors through career resources, outdoor recreation, reading programs, and other engagement opportunities.
Transition is hard on military families, said Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families “With constant moves and deployments, military families come to Blue Star Families to find their community wherever they move, thanks to the support of CSX, resident Blue Star Neighbors will now be there to support them along the way.”
CSX Pride in Service is a company-wide commitment to honor and serve veterans, active-duty military, and first responders. Through this Pride in Service partnership, Blue Star Families Baltimore chapter will connect service members and their families with the resources and support they need – when they need it and where they need it.
“Service is and has always been at the center of everything we do at CSX and we are proud that nearly 1 in 5 of our employees is a veteran, military service member, or first responder,” said Bryan Tucker, Vice President of Corporate Communications at CSX. “This is why we created CSX Pride in Service, our signature program focused on creating meaningful connections with local servicemen and women, which Blue Star Families helps us do on the ground, in our communities every day.”
“The need for meaningful connections between civilians and military families is crucial. Reason being, there are more than 43 million members of the military community in the United States; and according to Blue Star Families’ 2018 Military Family Lifestyle Survey, 48% of military families do not feel a part of the civilian communities in which they live and want more significant opportunities to connect with their civilian neighbors. Only 18% of military families feel the general public understands their sacrifices, and only 19% feel the general public is aware of the challenges service places on families.” said Rachele Belt, Blue Star Families’ Baltimore Chapter
Belt aims to lower these statistics through the new CSX Blue Star Community Chapter. Through the work of these chapters, Blue Star Families asks that community members become Blue Star Neighbors to actively engage with military families and provide the necessary support to help them thrive, which ultimately strengthens the community at large.
CSX Pride in Service volunteers will join military families Saturday, July 13 at the B&O Museum to launch the new Blue Star Families community chapter, hosting a summer picnic for military families and a surprise train ride for attendees.
High-resolution photos will be available following the event here.
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About Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families builds communities that support military families by connecting research and data to programs and solutions, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and serves more than 1.5 million military family members nationwide. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. For more information, visit bluestarfam.org.
CSX, based in Jacksonville, Florida, is a premier transportation company. It provides rail, intermodal and rail-to-truck transload services and solutions to customers across a broad array of markets, including energy, industrial, construction, agricultural, and consumer products. For nearly 190 years, CSX has played a critical role in the nation’s economic expansion and industrial development. Its network connects every major metropolitan area in the eastern United States, where nearly two-thirds of the nation’s population resides. It also links more than 240 short-line railroads and more than 70 ocean, river and lake ports with major population centers and farming towns alike. For more information, visit csx.com.