Amid the global crisis sparked by the spread of the novel coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19, military service members are working tirelessly to support their community and the country during this difficult time. Organizations such as the USO support their mission by providing critical communication to service members and their families.
Committed to helping the community, the Friese Foundation recently made a generous donation of $100,000 to the USO. The donation, which comes on the heels of the global pandemic, will help the organization to continue its mission of providing service members and their families with essential resources and services.
The Friese Foundation, which was established by Donald Friese, is a charitable foundation that aims to help children in need, first responders, animals, and military veterans. Amid the COVID-19 crisis, the Friese Foundation donated to the USO to assist with its efforts to support service members. The goal is to strengthen the bonds and communication between service members and their families, as well as the country. During this time of international crisis, the USO understands that service members need more support than ever, and Donald Friese and the Friese Foundation are committed to providing assistance during this uncertain time.
Helping the Community
A retired CEO, Donald Friese remains actively involved in both the local and global communities as a philanthropist and supports organizations such as the USO. Based in Los Angeles, Mr. Friese worked his way up the ranks to assume the role of CEO at C.R. Laurence (CRL), a manufacturing and distributing company for the glass and glazing industry. During his tenure there, Donald Friese successfully expanded operations and led the company through a period of explosive growth and acquisition that led CRL to become the leading provider of custom glass and glazing products in the United States.
Hailing from a modest background, Donald Friese grew up in rural America and began working at the age of 12. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Army and eventually moved to California to work for CRL, which began as a small company. After nearly 60 years with CRL, he retired in 2018. Today, he focuses on philanthropic endeavors.
The Friese Foundation demonstrated its commitment to helping service members and veterans through its latest donation to the USO.
Supporting Service Members
With an understanding that this is a period of great sacrifice and uncertainty for military service members and their families, the Friese Foundation’s donation to the USO will help to provide additional support as service members continue to serve their country and carry out critical missions worldwide. In addition to the daily sacrifices made by these service members, the pandemic has impacted them in the following ways:
- Service members and their loved ones face a prolonged separation, with some of them being subjected to precautionary quarantine.
- Travel restrictions have made it difficult for service members to relocate during a time when millions of military families are typically subject to PCS, or Permanent Change of Station.
- Members of the National Guard have been deployed to assist civilians in areas that have been most impacted by the virus.
- Schools and childcare centers are facing mass closures to slow the spread of COVID-19, leaving parents in the military without childcare and with the added responsibility of home schooling.
Committed to doing its part to support the mission of the USO, the Friese Foundation’s donation will help the organization to carry out activities that directly support service members and their families during this trying time.
The USO and Its Mission
With the goal of facilitating communication between military service members and their loved ones at home, the USO has expanded to become a leading service organization over the course of its nearly 80-year history.
An ever-changing organization, the USO operates locations in the United States and throughout the world with the goal of providing critical support to all service members. The USO knows no boundaries and is there to support members of the US military no matter where they are stationed. From combat zones to unoccupied USO service sites, the USO is there to ensure that military members have everything that they need at home and abroad.
A few of the important support services offered by the USO include entertainment for deployed service members, 24/7 hospitality services in USO airport centers for service members and their families as they travel, and a variety of support services for both active-duty members and veterans.
An independent military support organization, the USO is a congressionally chartered organization that is sustained through the generous support of companies and nonprofit organizations such as the Friese Foundation. Moreover, volunteers work to keep the organization’s operations running smoothly and to uphold the mission of the USO.