AIR FORCE AID SOCIETY
AFAS is the official charity of the U.S. Air Force. It promotes the Air Force mission by helping “to relieve the distress of Air Force members and their families and assisting them to finance their education”. AFAS can provide emergency assistance to help with short-term financial difficulties. In addition, AFAS offers a multitude of special programs for Air Force members and families. For more information or to request assistance, please contact the A&FRC.
AFAS official website http://www.afas.org/
BUNDLES FOR BABIES
If you are an active duty member or spouse of an active duty member who is expecting a baby or is a new mother at Ramstein Air Force Base, you are encouraged to contact the A&FRC to sign up for a “Bundles for Babies” class and upon completion of the class, receive a free “bundle” that the Air Force Aid Society purchased from the Gerber Company. The class offers you a finance piece that focuses on budgeting for your new baby from conception to college years and a chance to find out what support programs are available on-base and in the community.
GIVE PARENTS A BREAK
Designed for parents going through a stressful time. The program offers 4 hours of childcare on a scheduled Friday evening or Saturday morning at one of the KMC Child Development Centers. Needs must be assessed prior to the issuance of a voucher.
CHILDCARE FOR PCSING
Up to 20 hours of free child care, per child, is available through the Family Child Care program to military members PCSing in or out of the KMC. Childcare must be used within 60 days of arrival or 60 days prior to departure. Visit the A&FRC with a copy of your orders to obtain a voucher.
GENERAL HENRY H. ARNOLD EDUCATION GRANT PROGRAM
Provides $2,000 education grants to eligible spouses or dependent children attending an accredited college, university, or vocational/trade school. For more information go to www.afas.org
CHILD CARE FOR VOLUNTEER
Air force Aid Society pays for a limited number of hours of childcare for AF individuals volunteering in the KMC. Volunteer childcare is only provided through the Family Childcare (FCC) program. Volunteers must register with the A&FRC to be eligible. Please note: Agencies that make a profit or result in any sort of certification are ineligible (i.e., Dental Assistant program, Thrift Store workers, etc.) to participate.
CAR CARE BECAUSE WE CARE
The Car Care Because We Care Program is designed to keep the primary family vehicle of deployed active duty Air Force members in top running condition by providing preventive vehicle maintenance. This maintenance includes oil/filter change, lubrication, and vehicle safety checks on a grant basis. The voucher is available for spouses of active duty air force members deployed for more than 30 days, spouses of active duty Air force members assigned to a remote tour, and first-term Airman. To receive your voucher, you may visit the A&FRC with a copy of your spouse’s orders.
SPOUSE ORIENTATION PROGRAM (HEART LINK)
The Heart Link Program is an orientation offered on a quarterly basis to acquaint new Air Force Spouses with the Air Force way of life. This program strengthens military families and enhances mission readiness. Appreciating that spouses play an important role in re-enlistment decisions, therefore impacting retention, a major program goal is to help spouses, especially those with the Air Force five years or less, acclimate to the Air Force/military environment. All spouses – new to the Air Force family or new to Ramstein are welcome to attend.