October 2019 Newsletter

Published: October 7, 2019

sleep number360® Smart Bed Giveaway!

Know a veteran or active-duty service member who deserves a good night’s sleep? Nominate them for a chance to win Sleep Number’s “Thank You Military” giveaway here.

starbucksThank You, Starbucks!

Over the past month, Blue Star Families hosted events at local Starbucks stores to welcome military families to the community. Families shared their favorite local museums, parks, and more in hopes of finding new places for everyone to explore! Interested in hosting events like this in your community? Sign up to volunteer!

headspaceHeadspace Back by Popular Demand!

Headspace for Blue Star Families is back by popular demand. It’s meditation made easy. And through your BSF membership, you receive complimentary access to the app. Get it here.

summer hiking trailLet Us Hear It – Complete the 2019 Summer Scorecard!

It was a busy summer here at BSF! Did you know that, over four months, we had 47,082 event attendees, captured a record 11,228 voices in our annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey, and partnered with 2,091 museums to offer free admission to military families? But, we know that’s only part of the picture. We want to understand how our programs have (or haven’t) impacted you and your family. Help us improve and sustain our programming by completing the 2019 BSF Summer Scorecard today! 

When Remote Work Really Works 

We know how important flexible work is to military life. That’s why we join forces with organizations that can deliver for our members. And our partnership with Instant Teams is one example of a thriving partnership that was formed thanks to your feedback!

Meet Tara, a BSF member who was connected to Instant Teams after building her Spouseforce profile.

spouseforceTara Glenn, Veteran and Military Spouse

“When I came to Instant Teams through Blue Star Families, I was freelancing on my own and had just left a job that was not a great fit for me. My son’s BFF’s mom at our last duty station worked with BSF, so their amazing work has been on my radar for quite some time. When Blue Star Families started talking about Instant Teams, it stuck with me and when I was down and out about leaving my job, I decided to be proactive and try something new. I’ve been working with Instant Teams for just over a year now 100% remotely (directly with their internal team and as a remote team member on one of their customer accounts) and I love the flexibility and stability it offers my family!”

Since January 2018, Instant Teams, a company with nearly 100 remote team members to-date, has logged almost 50,000 hours of remote work conducted by military spouses (and a few veterans). And nearly 8,000 military-connected professionals have created profiles with Instant Teams since its launch in 2016.

Remote work with Instant Teams ranges from FT, PT, and as little as 10 hours monthly. Each new customer account brings a unique offering to the table that’s addressed in work type, pay rate, and hours for qualified candidates. Positions also vary from W2 and 1099 pending workforce regulations. 

Create your Spouseforce profile today to begin your journey to remote work that works for you!

do something greatWant to Give Back? We Can Help!

We all know that volunteering offers many benefits. But do you know the specific benefits of volunteering with Blue Star Families? Every single month, there are opportunities to get involved in communities across the country! Check out a few of our current volunteer’s stories. Make sure you’re staying in the loop – register to volunteer today.

chicagoNew BSF Chapter Launch

This month, we’re getting ready to welcome a new Blue Star Families chapter in Chicago. Looking for a chapter near you? Click here. Don’t see one nearby? Sign up to volunteer in your neighborhood.