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ASA is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that links individual units in all branches of the military with communities across the country
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ASA: Frequently Asked Questions
What does it mean to "adopt" a unit?
Through the ASA Adopt-a-Unit Program, communities throughout the United States can "adopt" a military unit. By doing this, the community is agreeing to send letters and care packages to members of the "adopted" unit. Residents of the community also engage in a variety of other activities with members of the unit and their families. The communitiy agrees to be involved with its "adopted" unit during times of war and peace whether the unit is at home or deployed abroad.
For more information see Adopt-a-Unit Program Information, Suggested Adoption Activities, and information about YCAP, or Youth Civic Action and Education Program. You can also vist our City & Unit News page and read about what various adoptive communities have done with their adopted units.
If you live in a community that might be interested in adopting a unit, please fill out our online Adoption Inquiry Form for Cities, and someone from ASA will be in touch with you.
If you are a member of or otherwise connected to a unit that might be interested in being adopted, please fill out our online Adoption Inquiry Form for Units, and someone from ASA will be in touch with you.
What are "adoption activities?"
Adoption activities are the different activities a community might engage in with its adopted unit. These can vary greatly from community to community, but all are intended to boost the morale of soldiers serving in the adopted unit and to build a deep, mutual understanding and respect between people in the community and members of the unit. In this way, ASA-sponsored adoptions both support individual servicemen and women and strengthen the bond between military and civilian sectors in direct, personal ways.
To learn more about specific kinds of adoption activities, please visit our City & Unit News page, our page on Suggested Adoption Activities, and our Youth Civic Action and Education Program (YCAP) page.
Can schools and students engage in adoption activities?
Through the Youth Civic Action and Education Program (YCAP), ASA encourages teachers and school administrators to use adoption activities to enhance their curriculums. Members of adopted units might come speak to school groups about their experiences and the situation in the Middle East. School groups can take field trips the military base that's "home" to an adopted unit. Students and unit members might work together on a social service campaign like "Toys for Tots." Many units greatly enjoy posting letters from student groups in their unit headquarters, and studnets have often helped to raise funds to pay for adoption activities. To learn more about integrating adoption activities into school programs and the classroom, please visity our YCAP page.
Schools not located in adoptive communities can participate with military units through the ASA Foster-a-Unit Program. For more information on this program, read below or visit the Foster-a-Unit Program Information page on this website.
How do I get my community to participate in the Adopt-a-Unit Program?
Fill our and submit our online Adoption Inquiry Form for Cities, and we will send you an initial packet of information so that you have the material you need to talk to people in your community about undertaking a unit adoption program. We will also be in touch with you to help you plan how to best go about trying to get your city to adopt a military unit through ASA.
Talk to friends, neighbors, co-workers and other people you know in your community to see if there are a good number of people who are interested in working on adoption activities and in working on getting other individuals and organizations in your community involved in the Adopt-a-Unit Program.
Next, make an appointment to meet with your mayor, city manager, or city administrator. You should bring the material you received from ASA on the Adopt-a-Unit Program along with information about the people who want to work with you on the adoption program in your community. Your mayor, or comparable civic official, will eventually need to sign the adoption agreement form and will need to agree to have your city or town council pass a resolution adopting a military unit. (You will have a copy of the adoption agreement form and a sample adoption resolution from ASA, so you will be able to show this to the city official you meet with.)
Someone from ASA will be talking with you and will also want to talk with your mayor, city manager, or city administrator, to help you decide what military unit is best suited to your community's needs. By the time your mayor, or comparable civic official, signs the adoption agreement you will know the name of the unit your community is adopting. After ASA received the signed agreement, you will receive the contact information for your adopted unit along with all sorts of other information you will need to begin your adoption program.
Does ASA offer any ongoing adoption support services?
ASA offers a number of ongoing adoption support services. Adoptive comunities can receive tax-deductible contributions in support of their local adoption activities through ASA. ASA psts news and pictures promoting local adoption activities on its website. ASA also monitors each adoption through semi-annnual adoption update forms that are filled out by oboth the adopted unit and the adoptive community. People at ASA are available to help you select and plan adoption activities. ASA provides each adoptive community and each adopted unit with a handbook containing all sorts of adoption information. See ASA Adoption Support Services for more information.
What if my community doesn't want to adopt a unit?
If your community decides not to get involved in the Adopt-a-Unit Program, you might think of getting an organization you are involved with to participate in our Foster-a-Unit Program. The organization might be the company you work for, your church or synagogue, a community or social organization, or even a class or group of students at a school. The Foster-a-Unit Program involves only a temporary conncection between the organization and a military unit waiting for permanent adoption. You might send one or two rounds of letters or a batch of care packages to the unit waiting for adoption. Once the unit is adopted, unit members will get involved with their adoptive commmunity and will no longer be invoolved with yuor organization. Your organization will hopefully go on to help out a new unit also waiting to be adopted.
For more information, please see the Foster-a-Unit Program Information page.
Does ASA charge a fee to participate in the Adopt-a-Unit or Foster-a-Unit Program?
ASA does not charge any fees to match units and communities or units and organizations. It does, however, cost us something to process each adoption. While we do not pass this cost along to our adoptive communities, foster organizations or adopted units, we are always grateful for any financial assistance we receive to help defray these costs. Please visit our Donation page, if you might be interested in making a contribution in support of our Adopt-a-Unit and Foster-a-Unit Program.
How do I find out if there is already an adoptive community in my area?
Check our list of ASA Adoptive Communities to see if a community near you already has an adoption program. If you see a nearby community on the list and would like to get involved in adoption activities for that community, please fill out and submit our Volunteer Form, and we will see if we can connect you with the adoption committee in that community.
How can a business, corporation, or community organization get involved in ASA?
There are a number of ways all kinds of organizations can get involved in ASA programs. Frequently, communities need corporate donations -- either financial or in-kind -- to help with adoption activities. Veterans groups and other community organizations often encourage their members to get involved in adoption activities or choose to sponsor a local adoption activity. Organizations, including school and scout groups, can participate in the ASA Foster-a-Unit Program.
Of course, ASA welcomes corporate and organizational support on a national as well as local level. There are a number of different ways an organization can support the work of ASA in general, and we would be extremely pleased to have the opportunity to discuss these with you.
Can I exchange letters or email with individual soldiers through ASA?
ASA does not offer a Pen Pal program that would allow individuals to exchange letters or email with servicemen and women stationed either at home or abroad. The only way of connecting with soldiers through ASA is by being involved in our Adopt-a-Unit Program or our Foster-a-Unit Program. As discussed above, the Adopt-a-Unit Program links entire military units with villages, towns, and cities across the country. Our Foster-a-Unit Program connects entire units with organizations -- including classes and scout troops -- willing to send cards, letters, and care packages until the unit is adopted permanently by a community.
If you would like to post an individual message of support to American troops serving at home and abroad, you may do so through Sound Off! For a variety of reasons, we will not inculde your address, phone number, or email address in these postings, so this is not a way to exchange letters, phone calls, or email with people serving in our armed forces. We include only your first name and city and state of residence, unless you ask to remain anonymous, then we will, of course, leave out your name as well.