WebRTC Solutions Industry News

TMCNet:  USO of Northern Ohio to close Jackson Township warehouse, move all care package operations to Chagrin Falls

[November 16, 2012]

USO of Northern Ohio to close Jackson Township warehouse, move all care package operations to Chagrin Falls

JACKSON TWP., Nov 16, 2012 (The Akron Beacon Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- The USO of Northern Ohio by the end of the year will close the Stark County warehouse where a staff member and many volunteers had put together care packages for troops since 2005.

About the same time, however, the USO hopes to open a "family room" in Stark County where families of deployed service members can receive donated items, officials said. The family room location has not been secured, spokesman Paul Rado said.

Local volunteers, who have assembled packages of food and personal items at the facility on Hossler Drive, just east of Akron-Canton Airport, are not happy about the closing. They have launched a petition drive to try to keep the site open.

All care-package operations for the region will be consolidated into a facility at 16706 Chillicothe Road in Chagrin Falls, said Raymond Froelich, a member of the board of the USO.

"We are not eliminating the package program, we are just consolidating," Froelich said. "We are right-sizing" operations.

The USO of Northern Ohio ships out about 1,000 care packages a month, he said, and about 55 percent of them are put together in Stark County.

Normally, a package is sent to one soldier, sailor, airman, Marine or member of the Coast Guard and that person shares what is sent with others in his or her unit.

The package can include books, magazines, DVDs, food products, sunscreen, cleaning items and such personal items as toothpaste, toothbrushes and baby wipes.

Froelich said that with troops removed from Iraq and a shrinking number of troops left serving in Afghanistan, there are not as many troops for the USO to serve overseas.

The facility, which at first was provided to the organization for $1 a year, now costs the USO $3,000 a month plus utilities, Froelich said.

"Our costs have increased dramatically," he said.

Petitions signed by about 225 people asking the USO to reconsider its decision have been given to the USO.

"This facility has run efficiently, has enlisted numerous dedicated volunteers and community resources, and has resulted in continued outreach to the area's armed forces and their families for many years," the petition reads, in part.

"The location by the Akron-Canton Airport has been a huge asset, especially in light of the fact that many of our soldiers leave for bases from this location." Christie Frangos, who with her husband, Gus, of Twinsburg Township, started the petition drive, said it is very important to keep the Jackson Township location open because of its proximity to both Summit and Stark counties.

The mother of a son now serving in the military said she and her husband and four other children have volunteered at the facility over the past four years. She fears that if the location is closed, even though she and her family will continue to volunteer, many others no longer will serve.

"To lose any support would be devastating," Frangos said.

Rado said it is probable that at the end of next year, the organization will look at cutting back even further on the care-package operations at Chagrin Falls based on fewer troops overseas.

According to its website, the USO operates at 130 locations around the world with a mission to provide morale, welfare and recreation services to military forces and their families. The USO of Northern Ohio was established in 1941.

The USO also operates a canteen at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Cleveland, the Bob Hope USO Lounge at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and many other programs for members of the military and their families.

A USO care-package center was set up at the Ohio National Guard Armory on North Hawkins Avenue in Akron in 2004, when the Ohio Army National Guard's 1484th Transportation Company left for Iraq. It moved to Jackson Township in 2005, when the unit returned home.

On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week, remaining donated items that were too large to be shipped from the Jackson Township facility will be given out to military families in need from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Rado said.

At 7 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Embassy Suites at 5800 Rockside Woods Blvd. in Independence, the organization is putting on a suicide awareness program for veterans, military families and caregivers.

For more on the USO of Northern Ohio, or to ask about volunteering, go to www.usocleveland.org, email USOcleveland@aol.com or call 216-265-3680.

Jim Carney can be reached at 330-996-3576 or at jcarney@thebeaconjournal.com.

___ (c)2012 the Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio) Visit the Akron Beacon Journal (Akron, Ohio) at www.ohio.com Distributed by MCT Information Services

[ Back To WebRTC Solutions's Homepage ]


Featured Podcasts

Oracle in Enterprise Communications

Most in the industry have heard of the acquisition of Acme Packet by Oracle. What you may not know is that Oracle has a number of telecommunications products including a UC suite, WebRTC Session Controller, and Operations monitoring tools. Oracle is pursuing both the enterprise and service provider.

Featured Whitepapers

WebRTC Security Concerns

This whitepaper covers two of the most relevant topics in communications industry today: WebRTC and security. We will introduce the problem of security in WebRTC including those traditional VoIP attacks that are going to be present in WebRTC services. Later we will mention ad-hoc WebRTC attacks and protection mechanisms, to close with an overview of identity management solutions.

Migrating Real Time Communications Services to the Web

In the Internet age, businesses that own fixed and mobile communication networks, including traditional Communications Service Providers (CSPs) of all kinds, are being challenged with some tough questions: How do we stay relevant to our customers?

Delivering Enterprise-Class Communications with WebRTC

WebRTC is an emerging industry standard for enabling Web browsers with real-time communications capabilities. It enables enterprises to enhance Web sites, empower BYOD users, and improve video collaboration and on-line meetings, to name but a few examples.

WebRTC Report Extract Reprint

This document examines the growing important of WebRTC, both generally and for telecom service providers. It considers the expanding range of use-cases, the multiple layers of interoperability likely to be desired by telcos, and some implications in terms of network integration and mobility.


Robust Enterprise Grade WebRTC Systems and Services

The emerging WebRTC standard has become one of the industry's hottest topics – and with good reason. Being able to "communications enable the web" has Communications Service Providers as well as Enterprises busily making plans for deployment. But, as these plans unfold, reality is starting to intrude on those plans. Our expectations of telephony services are much higher than web browsing. We expect the phone to connect instantly, operate with minimal disruption, and work seamless across any network, anywhere, at any time. There is also an understanding that phone service is inherently secure. With WebRTC, the expectation is for these applications to behave in the same manner.

This session looks at the user experience and expectations of a WebRTC Enterprise service. It will also cover how a WebRTC enterprise handles security, reliability, and interoperability within browsers and networks.


The Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller enables communications service providers (CSPs) and enterprises to offer WebRTC services – from virtually any device, across virtually any network – with carrier-grade reliability and security.

Sales Presentation: Oracle Communications WebRTC Session Controller

- WebRTC Market and Opportunities
- WebRTC Challenges
- Oracle Communication WebRTC Session   Controller
- Summary


Communication Service Provider (CSP) voice service revenues continue to face pressure due to shifts in communication preferences and competition from non-traditional service providers. Voice communications are now often embedded into applications outside the domain of traditional telephony voice usage. CSPs have been challenged to effectively leverage and monetize new web-oriented communications technologies.