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July 2019 Newsletter

July 9, 2019

Blue Star Summer blue star summer

“I’m bored!” is something every parent hears from their children during summertime. The good news? You’ll have plenty of ways to combat your kids’ boredom this summer with Blue Star Families’ many programs and events. Over 2,000 Blue Star Museums open their doors for free to active duty families, including National Guard and Reserve, through Labor Day weekend. All National Parks are also free to active duty military families once you pick up an America the Beautiful park pass. 

If a National Park is not around the corner or on your route this summer, no worries. Use BSF’s ParkPassport app, available for free in app stores, to find a local or state park to explore. While there, you can log your activities, collect badges, and compare passports with friends. BSF also has a bunch of activity sheets to keep kids busy reading and exploring. And if, somehow, they’re still bored, download our Bingo cards and challenge them to fill in every space! No matter your activity of choice, be sure to share your best boredom buster with us on social media using #BlueStarSummer!

 

Macy's Gives, Shopping SpreeMacy’s Salutes Those Who Serve

 

Our friends at Macy’s are celebrating America with the “Macy’s Salutes Those Who Serve” campaign! When you visit a Macy’s store through July 18, round up your purchase amount and donate your extra change, up to 99¢, to Blue Star Families and Bunker Labs. And to celebrate, we’re hosting a $1,000 Macy’s gift card giveaway! Enter to win here.   

 

Grow with Googlegrow with google

Blue Star Families is partnering with Grow with Google, an initiative that helps people across America grow their skills, careers, or businesses. And together, we’re providing free in-person and online digital skills training throughout the year to help military spouses prepare for and build meaningful flexible and remote careers. 

Google will be coming directly to our BSF Members with an exclusive webinar, Discover and Prepare for Flexible Careers with Google Tools, on July 30! Register here for the exclusive virtual event to learn directly from Google how to discover new job opportunities using Google Search, organize and enhance your job search experience using G-Suite tools, and streamline your communications using Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, and more. 

 

Jolly Time PopcornHere’s How Jolly Time is Helping Our Troops this Summer

We’re honored to be selected by Jolly Time Pop Corn as a beneficiary of its “Help Our Troops” campaign! Show your support by voting for Blue Star Families here and purchasing a Jolly Time Pop Corn “Help Our Troops” Blast O Butter 3-pack the next time you’re in the store. A percentage of all sales will be donated to Blue Star Families, Fisher House Foundation, Freedom Service Dogs, and Honor Flight now through September 15.

 

Connecting Rally PointThrough RallyPoint 

RallyPoint is the largest online military community with over 1.7M members who have created 450K+ discussions about military life. Our members include service members, veterans, spouses and other family members of those in uniform. RallyPoint connects members and provides them with peer-to-peer support and tools to succeed throughout their journey of joining, serving, transitioning and receiving or giving care. When you join RallyPoint, you will belong to a digital community, focused on the military lifestyle that connects you to people across geographies, ranks, branches and conflicts where you can give or get help, anytime.

 

PCS transition sweet, ice creamMake Your MilKid’s PCS Transition a Sweet One

We know how hard PCS season can beespecially for our milkids. So why not sweeten things up a bit during their transition? Enter here to win your child an ice cream social with their new friends.

 

Our Volunteers are Making a Difference

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Kirtland Air Force Base Blue Star Families Volunteers

So far in 2019, our volunteers have donated over 2,000 hours of their time to support programs that help our military families thrive. This year, volunteers have done everything from passing out children’s books to hosting local Coffee Connects, and talking about the importance of the Military Family Lifestyle Survey. And collectively, they’ve shared our programs and resources with over 27,000 military family members and Blue Star Neighbors! Do you want to join our powerhouse team of volunteers? Sign up today and make a difference in your community. 

 

Networks Live! Military Lifestyle Webinar

Topic: Tools to Get Your Financial House in Order

Date: Tuesday, July 16th

Time: 1 PM ET/ 12 PM CT/ 10 AM PT

Speaker: Kelley Miller, Financial Wellness Account Executive at Prudential Insurance Company

Networks Live! Military Lifestyle Webinars

What’s financial wellness? It’s the peace of mind you feel when you’ve balanced saving and spending … living well today and planning for tomorrow. How do you achieve it? That’s what the Blue Star Families Financial Wellness Center is for. 

And this webinar, in partnership with Prudential, will give you the scoop on what it’s all about as well as some tools that may be especially helpful to military families.

Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kLek_GxtQKOmR8QXUTWqig

 

mvc voteVote for the 2019 MVC Choice Awards

Blue Star Families is proud to partner with the Military and Veteran Community Choice Awards! What are the MVC Choice Awards? They’re a celebration of brands that provide outstanding service to our community and help make the difficult parts of military life feel a little less difficult. And the awards are determined by you, the military and veteran community. Nomination season is open until August 6! 

 

girl with balloon, pcsing3 Bon Voyage Party Ideas for PCS-ing MilKids

For the PCS-ing moms and dads this summer, this one is for you! Show your #milkid just how excited everyone is for his or her next adventure with a party they won’t soon forget. Gather friends and sprinkle in some fun by personalizing a celebration for all the cool things to come. 

You in? Here are three creative ideas to ensure a send-off with a smile.