Information and Referral
Lifelong Learning Center Bldg. 7122
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
(229) 639-5278 for more information
I&R helps you locate resources when you aren’t sure where to start looking. An example of a civilian counterpart to Marine Corps I&R includes the United Way 211 campaign, which allows you to find the answers to many questions about services in a local area.
Your request might be simple, such as needing a specific phone number, or complex, such as understanding a military benefit and how to access it. Hopefully the following resources can help you find answers to many of the questions you may have.
Welcome Aboard Orientation
The Welcome Aboard Orientation is held on the third Thursday of each month. All newcomers; military and civilian personnel, are required to attend. Spouses of personnel are encouraged to attend. The brief begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Welcome Aboard packages containing destination information are available.
The Permanent Change of Station (PCS) Pre-departure brief is held on the fourth Thursday of the each month. All departing military and civilian can attend. Spouse of personnel are encouraged to attend. The PCS briefing goes from 9-11 a.m. If you require a sponsor for your new duty station request one when you receive your orders. You may also utilize eSponsorship to make request. Log in to eSAT at http://apps.mhf.dod.mil/ESAT.
Pre-Move Financial Planning
Taking advantage of pre-move financial planning can help you save money and make you aware of your benefits. Requesting a sponsor can also ease your burden during a move. Call the RAP manager if you would like to have a sponsor assigned. You may also request a sponsor utlizing e-sponsorship. Type e-sponsorship into your web browser and follow the link. This way contact can be monitored by supervisor.
DIMS (Defense Information Management System) is another informational resource available to the family on the move. Information on every military installation worldwide is contained in the DIMS program. DIMS can be accessed at www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil Click Plan My Move to get started.
MCLB Albany Telephone Directory
The MCLB Albany telephone directory contains phone numbers for base operations, tenant commands, and other services located aboard the installation. The base operator phone number is (229) 639-5000.
GA's NaviGAtor 511 Project
Georgia's NaviGAtor 511 project allows you to get real-time updates to traffic all over the state. This can be invaluable when traveling to Altanta or when driving during holidays when many other drivers are on the road. Apps are available for smart phones, or you can simply dial 511.
The Alliance of Information & Referral Services (AIRS) provides a national, comprehensive listing on all current organizational members of AIRS who are engaged in the provision of Information and Referral (I&R).
United Way of Southwest Georgia provides information and referral services to Dougherty, Lee, and many surrounding counties. United Way of Southwest Georgia also partners with local community agencies to provide support, volunteers, and funding for programs like Success by Six and AmeriCorps. You can contact them by calling 211 in the Albany/Dougherty County area or by calling 229 888-6126.
Military Homefront is a comprehensive website providing in-depth information on a variety of military benefits, entitlements, and issues. Resources on relocation, special needs family members, deployments, and many other topics are all available from this one portal. Information is available on individual military installations, along with customizable booklets for reference.
The Warrior Care handbook provides details of the compensation and benefits available to wounded warriors and their families.
VFW Unmet Needs
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Unmet Needs program serves active duty or veterans who have been on active duty within the past 36 months. Eligible expenses, such as utility bills, mortgage or rent payments, as well as expenses that are not covered, are listed in the link above. VFW reserves the right to determine eligibility on a case by case basis. For more information on programs operated by the VFW, or to find a local post, follow this link.
City of Albany
The City of Albany-Dougherty County events calendars are updated weekly. The events calendars and E-newsletter keep you informed about upcoming events of interest, including musical performances, sporting events, parades, and holidays.
SWGA Council on Aging
The Southwest Georgia Council on Aging provides services such as Meals on Wheels, area senior centers, and comprehensive I & R for senior citizens needing health, legal, and other assistance. 229-432-1124.
Chamber of Commerce
The Albany Chamber of Commerce has a frequently updated calendar of events covering Albany, Leesburg, and many surrounding communities. Likewise, the local NBC/ABC affiliate television station, WALB, has a separate calendar on their website.