ACMF Intro

INTRODUCTION
The Arizona Coalition for Military Families is a public/private partnership focused on building Arizona’s capacity to care for and support all service members, veterans, their families and community. The creation of the Coalition was in direct response to the primary need identified by those who work with service members, veterans and their families…coordination and collaboration between the many individuals and organizations throughout the state.

At the same time that this need was identified, the Joint Family Support Assistance Program (JFSAP) was implemented at the Arizona National Guard Joint Family Programs Office. The purpose of JFSAP is to support military families from all branches of the armed forces and to build the community’s capacity to assist families. The initial structure of JFSAP allowed for each state to implement the program according to the needs of the individual state. In Arizona, the approach taken heavily emphasized community capacity building. The overarching goal was to utilize the resources to implement the mandate in a way that leverages existing resources and created a sustainable effort that can exist beyond the funding period of JFSAP.

To achieve this leveraging and sustainability, a branded, cohesive effort was developed. That effort is a public/private partnership in the form of the Arizona Coalition for Military Families. The Coalition has a fiscal sponsor, Empowerment Systems, Inc., an established Arizona nonprofit organization.

ACMF also serves as Arizona’s Inter-Service Family Assistance Committee (ISFAC), a state-level military cooperative partnership meant to engage all different branches and components of the armed forces, and as Arizona’s Community Force, as a part of the White House Joining Community Forces Initiative. The Coalition is also recognized as 4-star Blueprint Community by the Points of Light Foundation.

The Arizona Coalition for Military Families was launched on August 19, 2009.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Purple – the Coalition focuses on all branches, all phases of service and all types of families
Focused on facilitation – the Coalition is a centralized connection point for all individuals and organizations in the state that serve, support and interact with service members, veterans & their families
Action-oriented – the Coalition emphasizes an action-oriented approach that results in activities and outcomes that are meaningful for both the military and veteran population and partners from the military, government and community
Collaborative on a cross-sector basis – the Coalition is in a unique position to be a bridge between the military, government and community
Reliant on best practices – the Coalition focuses on best and promising practices to meet the needs of service members, veterans and their families
Looking to sustainability – the Coalition seeks to be a long-term resource for the community and strategic planning includes an emphasis on sustainability

MISSION
The mission of the Arizona Coalition for Military Families is to build Arizona’s capacity to care for and support all service members, veterans, their families and communities.

VISION
Every service member, veteran and family member connected to the right resource at the right time.

COALITION CONSTITUENCIES

The Arizona Coalition for Military Families has three connection points to our community:

As a capacity building organization, the most direct customer of the Coalition’s efforts is all individuals, organizations and entities focused on serving and supporting service members, veterans and their families.

The overarching goal of ACMF activities is to build support for service members, veterans & families from all branches of the armed forces. The term “family” is broadly defined as a service member or veteran, their dependents, extended family and community.

The Coalition also has a goal of outreaching to the community at large by providing information and opportunities to engage in supporting the military and veteran population.

APPROACHES
Prior to forming the Coalition, a team conducted a statewide needs assessment by visiting all major military installations, talking to community partners and meeting with service members and military families. The general consensus is that there are many programs, services and resources available to military and veteran families, but the number one need was a central point of coordination to promote stronger collaboration. A secondary need identified was to increase the number of providers and organizations with the knowledge and skills to work with the military and veteran population. The Coalition was formed in response to these identified needs. There are four areas of focus for the Coalition:

Statewide coordination and collaboration – Ensuring a consistent and comprehensive approach to supporting our service members, veterans and families on a statewide level.

Professional development and community education – Providing information, resources and training to the community and increasing the number of community providers knowledgeable about the needs of service members and their families.

Regional community capacity building – Helping individual communities throughout the state to build stronger networks to support individuals and families.

Strategic partnership – Connecting organizations and fostering collaboration among providers.

Please contact us to learn more about the Coalition.