- Message from the Business Director
- Get to Know Your Neighbors
- Corvias Foundation Awards $500,000 in Scholarships to 12 Military Children at Six Installations
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- Where Does your BAH Go?
- Summer Pet Care
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Corvias’ commitment to serve our airmen and their families has never been greater. As we begin to prepare for Independence Day you cannot help but to think of fireworks, flags, parades, concerts, barbeques, corn on the cob, and homemade ice-cream.
In 1870, the U.S. Congress made July 4th a federal holiday and in 1941 it was expanded to a paid holiday for all federal employees. However, it is more than a day off from work. It is an important national holiday and a symbol of patriotism.
Our flag is a symbol of patriotic ideals. The bald eagle is a symbol of power and strength. The Liberty Bell is a symbol of American independence. Our Service Members, past and present, are a symbol of our fight for freedom.
As we each prepare to celebrate this day in our own unique ways I want to say that I stand in awe during the base celebrations. You and your families get it! I do not think I ever really understood the sacrifice until I celebrated the 4th standing among our military men and women with their families.
Thank you for your daily sacrifice and standing as one of our most treasured symbols of freedom!
Summertime typically means moving time in the military. Therefore, this is the perfect time to get to know your neighbors. Whether you are new to the community or have been around to see moving trucks and neighbors come and go, summer is the perfect time to forge new relationships.
Knowing your neighbors helps to build a strong support network, it builds a sense of community and provides a safer community, and you might just meet a life-long friend. If you aren’t sure where to start, here are some simple tips to get to know your neighbors:
- Say Hello – The neighborhood welcoming committee may no longer knock on doors with a dessert or fresh fruit to make a formal introduction. However, welcoming someone into the neighborhood doesn’t have to be a formal affair. A simple wave with a smile goes a long way and is a great way to start.
- Spend some time outdoors – Not only is it a great way to get some Vitamin D. You are also more likely to see and meet your neighbors, by just enjoying the outside of your home. This is a great way to spark up a conversation and make small talk.
- Get Involved – Learn about volunteer opportunities, support groups, classes and community events and make a point to attend. Contact Airmen and Family Readiness or check out the Corvias and installation Facebook pages. You are guaranteed to run into a neighbor or meet someone new.
- Drop by your community center and attend resident events – Enjoy the amenities available at the community center. Hanging out by the pool, working out in the fitness center, or using the computer lab are just a few ways to meet people. Also, stay tuned for upcoming resident events.
- Host a Welcome Party or Block Party – Invite your neighbors over to your home or backyard for food, fun and to mingle. This is a great way to include children and get everyone together and begin to build relationships. If you don’t have time to plan the party yourself, try to get everyone involved in the planning process. Consider planning activities and games for neighbors of all ages. If you need a larger location, consider reserving a community center.
Corvias Foundation, a private, charitable foundation and the charitable arm of Corvias, has been committed to supporting military families in the pursuit of higher education since 2006. This year, its 11th, Corvias Foundation has awarded college scholarships of up to $50,000 to 12 outstanding high school students, marking the 12th class of scholarship recipients.
The scholarships provide reliable, recurring financial assistance over each student’s four years of study, as well as a support network that is committed to his or her academic and professional growth. Students receive scholarships in the amount of up to $12,500 per year for four years to pursue a secondary education at colleges and universities around the country.
“This scholarship will impact my college path by allowing me to focus on my studies and finding my place without worrying about student loans and debt,” said 2017 scholarship recipient, Danielle Garrido. “Through the support of the Foundation, I will be able to reach higher and challenge myself in all aspects, because I now have the ability to access new opportunities and experiences.”
Corvias Foundation awarded the scholarships based on merit and need. Each student was required to respond to four questions that highlighted different aspects of their lives as students and as members of an active-duty military family. This fall, each student will be attending the four-year institution of his or her choice to pursue their academic careers.
“Each year, we are awed by the drive and determination in these military family members to reach high in their goals and dreams, and all the while, giving back to their communities,” said John Picerne, Foundation Founder, “Being able to support our scholars financially and through ongoing mentoring and other opportunities is an honor we cannot quantify.”
Since 2006, Corvias Foundation has awarded more than $7 million through 364 scholarships to military spouses and children at 13 different Army and Air Force installations. Among this year’s scholarship recipients are aspiring engineers, philanthropists, nurses, physical therapists, and teachers.
The 12 graduating seniors are the children of active-duty service members stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, Fort Bragg in North Carolina, Fort Polk in Louisiana, and Fort Sill in Oklahoma.
Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
Danielle Garrido from Bel Air High School has participated in cross country, track, CORE Club, and basketball. Danielle plans to study biomedical engineering or bioengineering at the University of Michigan.
Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
Jacob Flanigan from Navarre High School has participated in Indoor Percussion, Marching Band, and teaches elementary students at the Navarre Beach Marine Science Station. Jacob plans to study computer science and music at the University of West Florida.
Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska
Jeyani James from Ben Eielson Junior/Senior High School has participated in track, volleyball, and basketball. Jeyani plans to study business at the University of Oregon.
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Aquesha Addison from E.E. Smith High School has participated in National Honor Society, Key Club, and Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC). Aquesha plans to study engineering at Florida State University.
Brittany Broome from Jack Britt High School has been involved with Yearbook as editor-in-chief, Student Government, and Key Club. Brittany plans to study international human rights law or diplomacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Grace Schilling from Massey Hill Classical High School has been involved in Student Government, swimming, and running. Grace plans to study biology at the University of Kansas.
Leah Ortiz from Massey Hill Classical High School has been active with the Science Olympiad, National Honor Society, and soccer. Leah plans to study nursing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Tristen Orr from E.E. Smith High School has participated in Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) and soccer. Tristen plans to study education at East Carolina University.
Fort Polk, Louisiana
Chesna Castro from DeRidder High School has participated in soccer, peer tutoring, and volunteers in her community. Chesna plans to study chemical engineering at Louisiana Tech University.
Fort Sill, Oklahoma
Tisa Berry from Eisenhower High School has been active in Key Club, Partner’s Club for Special Olympics, volunteering at the library and church, and Fine Arts. Tisa plans to study psychiatry at Baylor University.
Kenny Ramos from Lawton High School has been active in Spanish Club, National Honor Society, and soccer. Kenny plans to study sports exercise science at Oklahoma Central University.
Sean Tolbert from Lawton High School has participated in Key Club, Student Council, and the Freshman Buddy Initiative. Sean plans to study business at Oklahoma State University.
About Corvias Foundation
Corvias Foundation, the charitable arm of Corvias, is committed to inspiring students, college and university campuses, military families, and our employees to reach higher. Founded in 2006 as "Our Family for Families First Foundation," our work increases access to educational, internship, mentoring and volunteering opportunities so that those we touch are empowered to pursue their dreams and to make a greater impact in service of their communities and their nation. We strive to create ever-increasing opportunities by providing the resources and networks needed to help our scholars and partners surpass their goals. We achieve this through a commitment to education, community engagement and high-impact charitable giving. Online scholarship applications are available each November at www.corviasfoundation.org or call 401-228-2836 for more information.
As a privately-owned company headquartered in East Greenwich, RI, Corvias partners with higher education and government institutions nationwide to solve their most essential systemic problems and create long-term, sustainable value through our unique approach to partnership. Corvias pursues the kinds of partnerships that materially and sustainably improve the quality of life for the people who call our communities home, purposefully choosing to partner with organizations who share our values and whose mission is to serve as the foundational blocks, or pillars, of our nation. To learn more, please visit: www.corvias.com.
Corvias is on Facebook!
Facebook provides an extension of your community and another way for us to better serve you. You will find information about your community, receive important reminders and updates, learn about resources, view housing tips and so much more. Come on over and like us.
Have you ever wondered how your Basic Allowance for Housing is utilized? This is the stipend the department of defense use to pay for the majority of rent and utilities for our Service Members. First your BAH covers the basics, which include, rent, average gas & electric, water & sewer, fire & police, and municipal services. It also covers added services like maintenance, lawn care, trash removal and pest control. There is also added amenities that would be community centers, playgrounds, green spaces, and resident events. There is also project cos associated with the BAH. Lastly al remaining BAH funds are reinvested back into you community. For more information or to learn how to get the most out your BAH each month visit www.corvias.com
With the summer heat upon us, it is important to think about the safety of your pets. Follow these tips to keep your pets cool and hydrated.
Provide ample shade and water: Any time your pet is outside, make sure he or she has protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. In heat waves, add ice to water when possible. Tree shade and tarps are ideal because they don’t obstruct air flow. A doghouse does not provide relief from heat—in fact, it makes it worse.
Limit exercise on hot days: Adjust intensity and duration of exercise in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours, and be especially careful with pets with white-colored ears, who are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets who, because of their short noses, typically have difficulty breathing. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible.
Source: The Humane Society of the United States
How do you get rid of “energy vampires?” Unplug appliances that are not in use. Do not leave them in standby mode.
We have officially kicked off the 2017 pool season. As a reminder the Corvias pool is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 am-8:00 pm. To obtain a pool pass to access the pool, please visit your Community Office. Residents are able to bring a maximum of two guests to the pool per visit and minors under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult. We look forward to the warm months of splashing around in the community amenity. If you have any questions, please contact your Community Office.
With July approaching and warmer weather more water will be used. Though we have made tremendous strides in our commitment to water conservation here are a few tips to encourage healthy habits.
FIX LEAKS – Please report any leaks for repair.
FILL THE BATHTUB HALFWAY OR LESS
RECYCLE INDOOR WATER & USE FOR PLANTS
TURN OFF WATER WHEN BRUSHING TEETH OR SHAVING
WASH FULL LOADS OF CLOTHES & DISHES
SHOWER FOR ONLY 5 MINUTES
For more great ideas on how to conserve water go to California Environmental Protection Agency
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