The United Way of Long Island recently awarded a $15,000 grant to the Family Service League to assist military families. The money will go to the Armed Forces Relief and Welfare Project, run by the league’s CAIR program: Community Advocacy, Information and Referral.
Family Service League is a Long Island nonprofit human services organization providing a safety net for people in need. CAIR is a case management program connecting people to food, housing, literacy training, mental health services and public benefits. CAIR also provides limited emergency financial assistance from the Relief and Welfare Fund.
“Active-duty personnel and military reservists who put their lives on the line to defend our nation often return home faced with physical, emotional and financial struggles,” Robyn Berger-Gaston of the Family Service League said. “United Way of Long Island’s generous grant will enable Family Service League to offer much needed support and assistance to returning military personnel and their families.”
Last year, the league also received a $15,000 grant from United Way that helped eight service people with overdue bills. Some of the assistance included help with car insurance, tuition, rent; in one case, a Marine received assistance with his father’s funeral.
Family Service League centers are in Bay Shore, Riverhead, East Yaphank and Huntington.