Coast Guard Spouses' Club of Washington, DC

230 members | Washington, District Of Columbia, US

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The Coast Guard Spouses' Club is a social and philanthropic club.  Our mission is to provide a friendly atmosphere to support the morale and well being of our Coast Guard families and to engage in the charitable and social activities advocated by the membership. The club provides camaraderie and support to Coast Guard Spouses throughout the National Capital Region and surrounding areas, including, but not limited to D.C., Maryland, and Northern Virginia.

What We Do
The Coast Guard Spouses' Club sponsors a variety of social and charitable activities and events throughout the year, and have standing committees that welcome participation.  Our success depends entirely on member involvement.  Activities and committees include:
 
Arlington Services
The Coast Guard Arlington Ladies extend condolences on behalf of the Commandant and the Coast Guard to the family of those interred at Arlington National Cemetery.  Each Lady volunteers her time as a representative at the burials of Service members and dependents.  They meet with the family before the Chapel service and at the gravesite to extend sympathies to the immediate families and next-of-kin.  

Armed Forces Hostess Association
The Armed Forces Hostess Association (AFHA) is a volunteer group of military spouses from the five branches of service, dedicated to providing information about base facilities and amenities.  Based out of the Pentagon, volunteers donate time on weekdays, twice a month (or more), to answer questions, assist guests, and assemble welcome packets 

Fisher House
The Fisher House Foundation provides a “home away from home” for military families to be close to a loved one during a hospitalization for an illness, disease, or injury.  Member volunteers prepare a variety of dishes to donate to the Fisher House guests. 

Holiday Gift Project
Our Club works with the Chaplain’s office to coordinate the collection of donated toys, home goods, gift cards, and other needed items to ensure a happy holiday for several area Coast Guard families.  There are many ways to contribute to this festive project, and every generous offer of service or support adds to the impact of the event. 

JAFOWL
JAFOWL, the Joint Armed Forces of Washington Spouses' Luncheon, is an annual event certainly worth marking on your calendar!  Representatives from the officers’ spouses’ clubs of the five military services (Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard) form a coordinating committee to arrange a fabulous luncheon to promote and celebrate the unity of military officers’ spouses.  Past speakers include US Presidents, First Ladies, celebrities, and more! All CGSC members are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Newsletter
The club publishes a monthly newsletter that keeps members informed about club news and information, monthly activities, and more.

Scholarship
Through a partnership with the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), the CGSC donates funds to sponsor grant assistance for deserving dependent children of Coast Guard members.  The application process is supported and administered by the MOAA Scholarship Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  For information on the eligibility requirements, or to donate to the CGSC Scholarship Fund, please contact us via email, or visit our Donate page.
 
Sunshine Committee
Congratulations, condolences, encouraging well-wishes, and more are managed through our Sunshine Committee.  If you know of anyone who would appreciate a note or message on behalf of our Club, please contact the Sunshine Committee Chair.

Zip Code Connections
Zip Code Connection groups provide an opportunity to get to know members all around the National Capital Region for fun, friendship and support. Events may include lunch at a restaurant, coffee at Starbucks or someone’s house, dinner, shopping, or going to a concert. Each Zip Code Coordinator oversees 3-4 events, September-March. Members live all around the National Capital Region and through this program, you will find several opportunities to connect with others in your area or in your area of interest.