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109th Airlift Wing Airman and Family Readiness Program

Welcome to the 109th AW Airman & Family Readiness Program

* Military lifestyle education and skill building
* Crisis assistance services for Airmen and families
* Wing family activity and volunteer management
* Deployment cycle support for Airmen and families
* Community outreach and engagement

Airman and Family Readiness Program Manager

  Colleen Casey
Office:  (518) 344-2357
Cell:     (518) 416-4333
E-mail: colleen.e.casey.civ@mail.mil

To be included on the e-mail distro list for families, please click here.

The Airman & Family Readiness Program office is located in Bldg. 1, 2nd Floor in the Wellness Center. 

Child and Youth Resources

Child Care Aware of America (Formally NACCRRA)

*Military Family Child Care Fee Assistance*

Childcare Aware has partnered with the DoD to provide eligible military families, with children aged birth to 12 years old, assistance to offset the cost of paying for child care in their community. Child Care Aware of America is the nation's leading voice for child care, working with more than 700 state and local Child Care Resources and Referral Agencies nationwide to help ensure that families in 99 percent of all populated ZIP codes in the United States have access to high-quality, affordable child care.

Sittercity.com
Sittercity connects families with quality local in-home caregivers. With over 2 million caregiver profiles nationwide, members can quickly find child care options, in-home care, pet sitters, and more. Members have online access to local caregivers with profiles that include pictures, parent reviews, references, background checks, and more.

YMCA Respite Childcare
Participating YMCAs will provide up to 16 hours per month per child for eligible military families. Parents can drop their child off and leave to catch up on errands or stay and use the YMCA facilities.

Our Military Kids
Our Military Kids provides tangible support to children of deployed National Guard and Reserve personnel as well as to children of sever

Personal Finance

•Start now and take control of your budget and finances

We talk about being physically fit, mentally fit but how about financially fit. It isn't something that can happen overnight for some, but if we take a step toward the right direction you can get there.

If you would like to set up a Spend Plan and devise an Action Plan based on your monthly budget please visit Colleen Casey, Airman and Family Readiness. It starts with you!

Available Resources:

Personal Financial Counselor
Laurie Bonser, CFP, CPA, MBA
PFC Services are Free, Private and Confidential
Stratton ANGB, Scotia, NY
(518) 948-7028
PFC7.NY.NG@zeiders.com

Free tax consultation/filing through Military OneSource

InCharge Debt Solutions
DoD partnership program to assist with credit counseling and debt consolidation. Minimal to no fee involved for assistance to military members. This offers nonprofit credit counseling professionals devoted to your financial health, providing credit counseling, debt management programs and alternatives to debt consolidation -- without a loan or bankruptcy. Get debt relief and eliminate the stress caused by credit card and medical debts with a solution from InCharge. (877) 399-8656

Free Financial Coaching for Transitioning Veterans
If you are struggling or you just have questions, we can help
• NAVIGATE through a financial crisis
• BUILD a working budget
• LEARN how to deal with collectors
• ESTABLISH a plan for emergencies, savings, retirement, college
A financial coach works with you to help you:
• IDENTIFY your financial goals
• CREATE a plan
• TRACK your progress to ACHIEVE your goals
• SUPPORTS you along the way, for as long as you need
Three Financial Coaches for you in New York State:
• Jason Lampert-NYS Dept. of Labor, Div. of Employment & Workforce Solutions, Brooklyn, NY 718-613-3736
• Paula Mucci- Workforce New York Career Center, Patchogue, NY 631-687-4879
• Financial Coach-The Work Place, Watertown, NY 315-786-3673
This program is provided by The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
in collaboration with The Department of Labor


Military OneSource
Learn more about Military OneSource Financial Services by calling (800) 342-9647

Financial Readiness
What you should know about your credit score. Click here.

Budgeting tips - click here.

Thrift Savings Plan - click here.
The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) is a retirement savings and investment plan for Federal employees and members of the uniformed services. It was established by Congress in the Federal Employees' Retirement System Act of 1986 and offers the same types of savings and tax benefits that many private corporations offer their employees under 401 (k) plans. The TSP now has both regular and Roth account options.

Annual Credit Report.com - click here.
Federal law allows you to get a free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each credit reporting company. The site is totally FREE. It does not provide you with a credit score, but you can use it to ensure that the information on all of your credit reports is correct and up to date. Order one report every four months and you can see your report three times each year.

Announcements

*More information on all the announcements listed below can be found on the 109th AW Wellness Center Facebook page.

Hero Care Network
The new and improved Red Cross Hero Care Network. By calling the Emergency Communications number, (877) 272-7337, families can have the Red Cross notify of family emergencies but they can also access emergency financial assistance. Families can also visit www.redcross.org/emergencycommunication. To download the Red Cross Hero Care mobile app, visit www.redcross.org/apps, search for American Red Cross in your app store, or text GETHEROCARE to 90999 for a link.

Military to Mercy College to Math Teacher
Earn a tuition-free Master of Science Degree in Mathematics Education
Click here for more information

Armed Forces Vacation Club
Resort Vacation Condominium Rentals. Choose from over 3,500 locations in over 80 countries. Click here for more information and also visit www.afvclub.com.

Military Families: Sesame Street Needs You!
We are looking for military families who will soon or have recently gotten out of the military. Researchers at the University of Minnesota are evaluating a new, fun, interactive, 6-week online resource created by Sesame Workshop. This free series of short videos and worksheets teaches families how to work through challenging times. The study is available to families:
· Where one or both parents currently serve in the Active Duty military and are within 18 months of separation, or families with a Veteran who has separated from the military within the last 18 months
· Who have a child between the ages of 3-7
· Who are fluent in English
· Who have reliable internet access
For more information, click here.

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Over 125 Jobs from New York's Capital Region Make This Week's List!
Start ups expanding and 100+ more job opportunities on this week's List!
Veterans can save money at participating businesses.
Over 120 Jobs from around New York's Capital Region make this week's list!
Over 120 Jobs from around New York's Capital Region make this week's list!
Over 120 Jobs from around New York's Capital Region make this week's list!
Throughout Wingman Day at the 109th Airlift Wing, members got their “Puppy Fix” visiting with their furry friends from Therapy Dogs International.
Stanley supports the Yellow Ribbon Program
The Chaplain Corps is happy to announce this year's Family Get-Away! We invite all families whether single-parent, dual-parent, step-parent, or even grandparents who have school aged children who are in DEERS to join us on this popular retreat! Where: http://www.jiminypeak.com/ When: July 6-8 How much: This weekend is free to you as part of the Strong Bonds program, a DOD initiative to improve families and relationships among military members. What to expect: * This Family event start on Friday evening with dinner - there is no need to arrive sooner. * The workshop for this event, Speed of Trust for Families, includes a combination of videos, interactive briefings by chaplain staff, and time to do lots of activities with the family learning and then applying these concepts * We also intentionally leave plenty of free time for you to relax and enjoy the weekend and resort. How do I sign up? Email Msgt Henderson and we will send you out a form. jeremiah.p.henderson.mil@mail.mil

Disclaimer

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Relocation Resources

Plan My Move (Military OneSource)
Military One Click
Schenectady Chamber of Commerce
Saratoga Springs Chamber of Commerce
Plan My Move - Military Installations Content Manuel
DIMS FAQs

Relocations POC:
TSgt Jesse Miner
(518) 344-2095
Jesse.a.miner.mil@mail.mil