- Come to our Movie Night on September 26
- Refer-A-Friend Program extended
- Yard of the Month Winner
- Corvias Foundation gathers new scholars, recent graduates and alumni to find new ways to give back
- Community happenings are on our website’s calendar
- Preventative maintenance visits
- If you don’t want to miss a thing…update!
- Strengthening families and communities - “Know your resources”
- Heart your community: Seven ways to build community in your neighborhood
- Green corner
- Tell us how we are doing
- Upcoming events and important dates
Dear Seymour Johnson AFB resident,
The fall temperatures have officially arrived. What a beautiful time of year it is to be in North Carolina!
Let’s celebrate the season at our Fallapalooza event on Saturday, November 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will have a cake walk, K9 demonstration, magic show, face painting, games, prizes, a costume contest, and food, all for FREE! Costumes are encouraged. Don’t forget your camera!
In the event of inclement weather, Fallapalooza will be held on Saturday, November 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Corvias Military Living
As you know, our Movie Night was unfortunately rained out on August 1. We have rescheduled this free event to its rain date of Friday, September 26, so we invite you to join us for a family friendly evening of fun.
We will be screening the movie “Despicable Me”! Come to the field next to the Corvias Community Office (268 Squier Avenue) at 7 p.m., and we will have free popcorn and drinks. Don’t forget to bring your blankets and lawn chairs.
Have you ever wished you could be rewarded for telling your friends about the benefits of living on base? Now you can!
If you refer a friend who meets base residency requirements, signs a 12-month lease, and moves onto Seymour Johnson AFB by December 31, 2014, a $150 gift card will be provided to you as a referral reward.
New applicants must list the referral source’s name and phone number) at the time of application, or during the first visit/call to the Corvias Community Office. Additional restrictions may apply to this program.
For more information about the Refer-A-Friend Program, please contact the Corvias Community Office.
Congratulations to MSgt Paul and April Boliou of 227 Etchberger Road for being named the Seymour Johnson AFB Yard of the Month winner in September.
The program is designed to recognize residents who make a special effort to improve their home’s landscaping.
The Boliou family will have the have the Yard of the Month sign displayed in front of their home and will also receive a $50 gift card.
Every year, Corvias Foundation selects a new class of scholars from military and employee families to receive $50,000 college scholarships. As of this past May, Corvias scholars number more than 90, and their commitment to the Corvias family and to giving back are a testament to the investment made in each of them.
This year was a special year for the Foundation. In July, the Foundation marked its fifth year in Boston celebrating new scholars at Fenway Park, as well as holding an inaugural alumni summit. John Picerne, Corvias Group CEO and Founder, inspired new recipients to go out into the world and make changes in their own way, as they study and learn about themselves. He then urged recent graduates to reach for what makes them happy and fulfilled in life.
During the alumni summit, past scholarship recipients provided insight into what more Corvias can do to give back to military families. Each provided great ideas for how the Corvias Foundation can grow and evolve in the face of our changing world. The alumni also thanked the Foundation as a group for helping to provide them an education and to make them into the young people that they are.
As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The Corvias Foundation looks forward to continuing to encourage others to imagine, inspire, and reach higher.
Want to know what is happening in your community? Your community calendar can help you stay up-to-date on trash, recycling, lawn care, resident events and community activities. You can even sync your community calendar with a personal Google calendar by clicking on the +Google button on the bottom right-hand corner of the calendar.
We are continuing to complete our annual preventative home maintenance visits on each of the Seymour Johnson AFB homes. We will ensure that your fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, mechanical system and applications, etc. are in tip-top shape.
This work does require entry into your home, so we will be sure to inform you of your preventative maintenance visit in advance. The next group of homes to be visited will be 228–243 Nellis Drive, 400-415 Nelson Drive, 301-607 Scriven Road, 300-404 Selfridge Road, and 209-231 Squier Avenue during the week of October 20.
Please do not hesitate to contact the Community Office should you have any questions or concerns.
Stay up-to-date on resident events, community information and emergency notifications. Please take a moment to update your contact information here, because we don’t want you to miss a thing that is going on in your community! By providing us with a working phone number and two current e-mail addresses, we will be able to contact you in a timely fashion for maintenance requests, event information, and more.
Knowing what resources are available is essential to navigating military life. Community resources and support can help military families develop skills to become resilient and cope with challenging situations.
Reaching out to community resources for assistance can:
- Give you the ability to make realistic plans for you and your family and take the steps necessary to follow through with them.
- Give you a positive self-concept and confidence in your strengths and abilities.
- Help you develop communication and problem-solving skills.
- Help you manage negative impulses and feelings in a positive way.
Wellness resources for the military community:
- Friends and family – Stay connected to family and friends. Build a support network through your Family Readiness Group, parenting support groups, or other organizations on post.
- Military OneSource– This is a one-stop shop, with an array of information on topics to include deployment, reunion, relationships, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and childhood, and much more. Military OneSource offers confidential non-medical counseling services online, by telephone or face to face.
- Airman and Family Readiness Center – The center provides individuals, families, and leadership with programs and services that strengthen our community and promote self-sufficiency, mission readiness and adaptation to the Air Force way of life. For more information, please call (919) 722-1123
If you need assistance connecting to wellness resources, please contact the Community Office.
The only certain thing for a military family is uncertainty. Throughout your life as a military family, you live in several neighborhoods and watch neighbors come and go. Building a sense of community is an essential part of military life especially when other family members can be hundreds or thousands of miles away. Strong communities are a place where your family can feel safe, supported and thrive. Here are seven tips to help you build a sense of community in your neighborhood:
- Coordinate a neighborhood potluck or block party. It is important to know your neighbors and what better way to break the ice than the casual, laid-back setting of a party. If you don’t have time to plan the party yourself, try to get everyone involved in the planning process. Check out http://www.perfectpotluck.com/ to help organize the dishes. Consider planning activities and games for neighbors of all ages and suggest everyone bring a few printouts of their recipes for a recipe swap. Don’t forget to share contact information. Oh yeah, before everyone leaves, plan the next get together! If you are looking for a party location, residents at Corvias installations can host parties at their community centers. Check with your community office about how long the band can play and whether you can use that turkey fryer.
- Organize a meal team. Neighbors come and go, get sick, have babies, lose loved ones and face other trying situations. One way to show community support is to provide a meal for a neighbor during those hectic or trying times. To assist with scheduling meals there are several resources available, including http://www.takethemameal.com/, to help show neighbors you care.
- Establish a Bunco or game night. Bunco is all the rage right now. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to play, there are plenty of YouTube tutorials. If Bunco is not your thing, lawn games such as pickle ball, corn hole, bocce ball and ladder golf are fun ways to get the competitive juices flowing. If childcare is a challenge, have all the parents with kids chip in for a sitter or take kid sitting shifts. Neighborhood game nights are a great way to get everyone together and you can’t beat the commute.
- Pay it forward. A great way to keep your neighbors guessing and having fun is to pay it forward. You can begin a quarterly tradition of leaving a themed basket on someone’s porch with instructions to pay it forward to another neighbor. This does not have to be an expensive act of kindness; the dollar store is a great place to start. You can find a bunch of ideas to get started on Pinterest. Don’t forget to leave some type of sign for the door showing the house has been gifted, so others are included in the fun.
- Little Free Library. Got books? If you have a great collection of books just sitting around the house, start a Little Free Library. These “boxes full of books” are popping up everywhere and it’s an awe-inspiring way for neighbors to share literature. The idea is simple: take a book and leave a book. Cookbooks, magazines, children’s books, the possibilities are endless. My kiddos and I love visiting the one in our community. We never know what we will find. Check with your community office to make sure it is okay to start one in your community.
- Find common ground. We all have something in common. Whether it is kids, pets, cars, hobbies or sports. Discovering what you have in common with your neighbors is a great way to start building a community.
- Attend events in your community. Local and on-post organizations are always hosting events. To stay up-to-date on events in your community, visit local area websites and Facebook pages. Check out your installation's online calendar or newsletter to find out about events in your community, like our upcoming Fallapalooza and many other complimentary, resident events held throughout the year.
Did you know that recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for four hours, power a computer for 30 minutes, or a television for 20 minutes?
The Corvias Military Living annual resident satisfaction survey will begin this month and will continue into November. Surveys are conducted by SatisFacts, an independent property management research firm.
SatisFacts will contact residents by email to complete a brief online survey. While participation is voluntary, your feedback is appreciated so we can work to improve your experience. Please contact your Community Office for more information.