LOS ANGELES–Bob Hope USO, an independent non-profit that serves troops and military families across Central and Southern California, is looking for volunteers for its flagship Airport Center at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in response to increased demands on the center’s 24/7 operational capacity.
Nearly 100,000 troops and military family members will use the Center this year—a number expected to continue growing. Military personnel and their families count upon the centrally-located LAX center to serve as a free and comfortable place to rest and eat while traveling. To meet the increase in demand, Bob Hope USO is calling on locals to help volunteer.
“Of more than 160 USO centers around the world, Bob Hope USO’s LAX facility is one of six that operates twenty-four hours a day,” said Bob Hope USO executive director Bob Kurkjian. “With this ever increasing influx of troops, we are calling for volunteers so we can continue to provide around-the-clock hospitality services to our nation’s military personnel and their families. We see so many troops and their families having to weather the storm of the rigorous travel their duties demand. They risk so much in service of our country, the least we can do is give service men and women a warm and comfortable place where they can put up their feet and feel at home.”
The current center features a complimentary snack bar, a big screen television with a collection of Hollywood hits and an outdoor patio. The center also caters to military families and houses a Disney-inspired family room with games. LAX is not always a final destination, and so the center features a secure luggage storage room, restroom and shower facilities, and a nap room with leather recliners where exhausted troops can rest undisturbed for a few hours.
Bob Hope USO also operates airport centers at Ontario International Airport, John Wayne Airport in Orange County and Palm Springs International Airport.
“Volunteering to serve our armed forces is a powerful way to give back,” said Jill Villalpando, Manager of LAX USO Airport Center. “Just a few hours a week can make a tremendous impact on the lives of our active service military personnel.”
To sign up for a volunteer position, please visit www.bobhopeuso.org.
ABOUT BOB HOPE USO
Bob Hope USO provides USO services and programming to members of the military and their families across 50,000 square miles of Southern and Central California. Bob Hope USO is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization operating under a charter from USO, Inc., providing morale and recreational services to members of the U.S. Military. Although Congressionally chartered, Bob Hope USO is not a government agency and relies entirely on contributions from patriotic Americans and philanthropic corporations and organizations.