USO Schofield Hosts Last Virtual Spouses Coffee Connection of 2020
Being a military spouse isn’t easy. Trying to make new connections every 2-3 years is an all too familiar routine for many spouses of active duty service members as they PCS. To help alleviate some of the PCS stress, The USO has created an opportunity for spouses to connect through the Spouse’s Coffee Connection.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and the inability to meet in person, the USO pivoted to virtual meetings and continued this program through Zoom. Attending virtual meetings is not the same as meeting in person, however, virtual meetings are a safe way to find and keep connections so, spouses still have an interest in attending. This December, USO Schofield Barracks hosted their last Virtual Spouse’s Coffee Connection of 2020 via Zoom. For this Coffee Connection, a special guest speaker attended, Mrs. Arlene Allen, Armed Forces Insurance Marine Corps Spouse of the Year 2020.
Mrs. Allen spoke for a few minutes on her experience as a spouse and what volunteering did to help her have a more positive and uplifting outlook and, how it helped her make connections and lifelong friends. To conclude the event, the USO staff presented a holiday-themed craft, a mason jar reindeer, and everyone happily discussed their favorite Christmas movies.
Transitions and finding new friends are challenges that are inherent in being a military spouse. Thankfully the USO is here to help bridge that gap and bring people together who may not have otherwise met. If you are interested in attending one of our Spouse’s Coffee Connections, please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for information on upcoming programs. Volunteering is also a great way to meet new people. Visit volunteers.uso.org for information on how to volunteer with the USO.
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