The USO is present in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho as the USO Northwest through three centers. First, SeaTac Center operates 24/7 and serves 150,000 travelling service members and their families annually. The USONW's second facility located at McChord Airfield on Joint Base Lewis McChord, the Shali Center, serves deployments and homecomings. The USONW's third center, the Mobile Canteen, travels to remote military locations throughout the Northwest providing moral services and programs.
The USONW is a non-profit organization providing all the comforts of home to military members and their families. Through various programs and services the USONW provided support to over 530,000 military members and their families annually without any government funding.
The Capital Campaign – Enduring Support
The USONW facilities must be remodeled and expanded to sustain our level of service and programs for years to come. Each has been in use for an extended period of time with little or no renovation or refurbishment. With an increased usage of 400% since 2005 it is critical the centers be upgraded and maintained.
Through a partnership with the Port of Seattle, the
Enduring Support Campaign will build within vacated space
allowing for a larger footprint within which to address
increased service needs as well as greater visibility and
access within SeaTac International Airport. Enhancements
in the areas of food services, sleeping accommodations,
shower facilities and separate family relaxation areas
are high prioities.
Projected Cost: $1.7 million
A complete renovation of the Shali Center concluded in
November, 2012. Amenities and events at the center,
available free of charge, include troop care package
distribution, troop deployments and homecoming
celebrations that include hot meals and snacks.
Project Cost: $384,000
Traveling around Washington state and beyond providing
moral support directly for the troops for deployments
and homecomings will be increased with the addition
of a second Mobile Canteen.
Projected Cost: $700,000