need help finding a way to get involved...

Tina - posted on 01/14/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Hi! I am a new Air Force wife. My husband and I have a 6 month old daughter with some special health needs which have made it difficult for me to get out much. We are currently stationed at Tinker AFB and I haven't had much luck finding groups to get involved with on base. Does anyone have any tips for me on how to find things to get involved with? Thanks!

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Leigh - posted on 01/23/2009

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Hi and welcome to the wonderful world of being married to the military! Im a navy wife for about 14 yrs now and my hubby has 22 yrs in. I dont know much about the air force,but the navy has a offices on all bases called MWR(moral, welfare and recreation),  and FFSC (family fleet support center) both dept's  can help you get hooked up in mommie and baby groups,,any and all info to help you get involved,meet people and/or stay busy! Also if there is a YMCA,nearby, they have pools,indoor gyms,play groups indoor sports and activities, and Im not sure about there, but the other Y's I know let active duty military and all family members use all their facilities FREE  !! and you can pick up a monthly calender of their events and hours that their pools are open for "family or open swim". Just show up with your military id. and there is a special pink sheet (here anyway) that's numbered for about 25 slots(people),that its free as long as there is room to sign on the sheet! Its awesome for us living in maine, we can swim all winter long. And my 6 yr old did swimming lessions for about 4 months  and loved it! any other questions please ask,,good luck ,Leigh Randall NAS brunswick Maine

Emily - posted on 01/23/2009

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I heard it through all of the replies, step out of your comfort zone, approach people on base whether it is at the commissary, the clinic, your neighbors. See if your base has a spouses club, MOPS is usually free on base. If you don't see something you like talk to people about getting it started because more than likely there are people just like you who would love to have something too and just need to get it started.

User - posted on 01/22/2009

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Jennifer - thanks for the info on Parent as Teacher and the Heroes at Home.  I checked out the website and it sounds like a great program.  I am a speech pathologist and have been looking for a position related to what I have been doing, but a little different.  I am at Cherry Point, which is close to Camp Lejeune, and I noticed that there are openings in my area for the Heroes at Home, so I sent in my resume.  It really sounds like a wonderful program.

Tasha - posted on 01/22/2009

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Hi, I am an air force wife of 3 years. Im on my first assignment with my husband in Harrogate England from Florida. I was having a hard time adjusting and getting involved. Still am having a hard time. Its been 5 months. We have a 2 yr old and his 2 small boys. The first thing I did was attend church at the chapel. This base is so incredibly small, chapel was my only option. I met alot of great people there; moms, girlfriends, etc. If church is not your thing, I just signed my 2 yr old daughter up at the CDC for drop off privaledges. This will allow me to have some free time to go to the support center and find out about the offerings for spouses. Also it gives me time to myself, to explore the city, to go to the gym, whatever. I talk to everyone. I meet other moms at school and find out what they are doing or involved in. When i take the kids to the clinic, I talk to other moms I see and find out what kinds of things they do for the kids, etc. You really have to step out of your comfort zone especially if you are not normally an outgoing person. I dont live on base so I have met some really nice British people in my neighborhood. If you live on base, just step out there and introduce yourself to your neighbors. They ar usually very nice and helpful. Hope this helps

Christina - posted on 01/22/2009

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There should be an FRG (family Readiness group) for your husband's unit. I'm not sure if that is what is called in the Air Force, but they are a great support system for spouses. They can provide you with a lot of information on activities and volunteer work. Ask your husband about it and to get you enrolled. It is also a great place to meet other wives.

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2009

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I work for Parent as Teacher National Center and I am a military spouse. We work with families with children birth to 5. If you go to www.parentsasteachers.org and look for the link to find a program near you, enter your zip code, it will show you the nearest program near you. Parent Educators will come to your home and bring you the latest in child development research and the exact activities you should do with your child. It is free and they usually hold playgroups where all the parents and kids come together. There is a military version of the parents as teachers called Heroes at Home. And it just got approved to go big across the nation. It may not be at your exact base yet, but eventually it will be. Also, if you child has health needs that qualify for the designation of Exceptional Family Member, they have an entire program of support on their own including playgroups usually. Also, if you are interested in a church based program, look up Mothers of Preschoolers or the MOPS group online. Your child just needs to be under the age of 5. They usually come together once a week or once a month depending on your area. Like the other post, I would go to your family service center and talk to your child services coordinators. They should have flyers at the registration office about all the events going on. Or log onto your base website and look for children's services. Also, ask your pediatrician! Good luck.

Rachelle - posted on 01/17/2009

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Try Mom's Club International. They have chapters all over and if there sint' one near you, you can start one. Also, if you're nursing mom, try La Leche League. Great moms can usually be found there too. Good luck!

Ericka - posted on 01/16/2009

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sometimes babies-r-us has classes and some ymca's have like mommy and me classes. oh, check if you have a My Gym around my-gym.com or The Little Gym you will have to google the little gym, they are mommy and me places that focus on developmental milestones and keeping your kids active and you can meet other moms too. they can be kinda pricey but you get a free introductory class to see if you like it before you pay for a semester/year. otherwise some local churches do things, dont know if you are religious or anything but it is a thought. hope it helps.

Melani - posted on 01/15/2009

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Do you have a family service center there? If so call them or go in and see what classes/ or volunteer opportunties they have. I am sure if they don't have anything they should be able to steer you in the right direction. Also, check out the red cross in your area, I am sure they would love to have a volunteer. If you want to get involved with his work or command do you guys have an ombudsman? The ombudsman usually can help you with any questions you might have. Good Luck!

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