The Semper Connected Toolkit outlined here is designed to assist spouses/family members in the creation of a community social network to connect and support spouses/family members through engagement, social events, and periodic check ins.
Contact and similar information is collected with permission from incoming spouses/family members by another spouse/family members within the unit. This information may be shared with other members of the Semper Connected team and will be used as a resource to support individual spouses/family members. The provision of contact and similar information is completely voluntary but is highly recommended; connection with and support from other spouses/family members who understand the military lifestyle is the greatest resource! Semper Connected provides a bridge to unit readiness functions and resources but is not an officially mandated program.
This Toolkit shall be managed in accordance with record schedule 1000-23, "Morale and Welfare Program Management" of SECNAV M-5210.1. A complete list and explanation of the applicable routine uses is published in the authorizing SORN available at: https://dpcld.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/DOD-wide-SORN-Article-View/Article/570630/m01754-5/.
Step 1: “Make a Copy” of the Semper Connected Contact Information Google Form and RENAME the copy with your unit name. ***DO NOT MODIFY THIS DOCUMENT***. It has been created this way to protect privacy of information.
Step 2: Send the link for the new Semper Connected Contact Information Form via your DRC/URC, your unit facebook page, or as determined by the command.
Detailed instructions for using the Semper Connected Contact Information Google Form included below.
Making connections is very personal. There is no “right way” to do this but some options are included below.
PHONE CALLS: Review “How to connect by phone” and begin making phone calls with the phone numbers collected from the Semper Connected Contact Information Google Form.
How to use the Semper Connected Phone Call Log:
EMAILS and LETTERS: Review the Semper Connected Sample Welcome Letter that can be sent via email or USPS. Feel free to edit and “make it your own”; include your personal touch or use it as is.
A basic guide for making your first phone call to reach out to spouses and family members in your command/unit/office/shop.
How to use the Semper Connected Phone Call Log:
Sending a personal letter, greeting card, or email is a wonderful way to welcome an individual or encourage a large group to connect. Your personal touch, including a bit about your USMC spouse experience, provides a familiar language that you both understand and speak together. Your USMC journey is something you have in common.
Social media can be a great space for making personal connections. Though nothing can replace face-to-face interactions, social media can be used as a tool to connect groups, share useful information, and offer positive reassurance. Social media is also an excellent way for military spouses and families to maintain social networks as it provides a space to check in on and connect with familiar faces and places, even when we can’t be physically present due to our ever-evolving military lifestyle.
Semper Connected and Marine and Family Programs have created a guidebook on “How To” set up social media pages for your military spouse and family groups. This guidebook also includes recommendations regarding content and security so that you can promote meaningful personal connections, while simultaneously maintaining the safety and security of our service members and their families.
Now you’ve created a roster, let’s make connections! Your time, budget and location will determine what works best for your group and the following are some tested and true ways to build on the initial contact. When you discover a new way to connect, share your success with us!
The Semper Connected Toolkit is a compilation of resources for military spouses and family members to use to help create social connections. The Semper Connected toolkit was created by Marine Corps spouses with support from Marine and Family Programs.The toolkit contains:
If you have any questions or feedback, the Semper Connected team can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
This section connects you to base specific resources and our support team.
1. What is Semper Connected and how was it formed?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of spouses felt there was an even greater need for Marine Corps spouses and family members to connect. With much research, effort and an exceptional partnership with Marine and Family programs, the Semper Connected toolkit was created. Semper Connected is not an official Marine Corps program.
2. Who can use the Semper Connected toolkit?
The Semper Connected toolkit is available for spouses, service members or family who would like to make social connections. It can be used to start social groups within units and provides a platform to help collect contact information.
3. How can I use the Semper Connected toolkit?
You can use the toolkit to communicate with other spouses and family members by creating a social roster. Connections are made via emails, texts, phone calls, and welcome letters. Some ideas for creating social rosters include supper clubs, creating sports teams (kickball, softball, basketball, etc), book clubs, running clubs, playdates at the park, monthly dinners at the barracks and SO MUCH MORE!!! Additionally, the Best Practices button provides creative ideas to help create social connections. Check out our training video here.
4. Is there training available for the Semper Connected Toolkit?
Yes, we have created a short, 10-minute training video under the Training button. Additional assistance is available through the “Ask an Expert” email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. (Questions will be answered M-F 8:00-4:30 EST.)
5. Is there a social media Semper Connected page?
We’ve got you covered - join our Facebook page and stay updated on Semper Connected new developments.
6. How can I invite spouses and family members in my unit to connect?
The link to the Contact Information Google form can be shared several ways including posting it on your unit social media pages, hanging a flyer in the unit with the link to sign up specific unit or group, or whatever other creative ways you have to share information in your unit! The link to the Contact Information Google Form can be found under the Get Semper Connected button. Make sure to follow the instructions so that you create a Contact List for your specific unit.
7. What is the role of the Uniformed Readiness Coordinator (URC) or Deployment Readiness Coordinator (DRC) and Semper Connected?
The URC/DRC can help spouses and family members get connected to resources. If a spouse or family member shares with another spouse that they could use support in a specific area (new baby, relationship management, child development, financial support, education, employment, etc) the spouse can provide a bridge to the URC or DRC in the unit. Additionally, they can help spread the word about official and non-official events and trainings that are being held for families in the unit.
8. If I call a spouse or family member and they express that they could use some resources for an issue that they are having at home, what should I do?
The URC/DRC can help spouses and family members get connected to resources. If a spouse or family member shares that they could use support in a specific area (new baby, relationship management, child development, financial support, education, employment, etc) the spouse can serve as a bridge to the URC or DRC in the unit or they can check out Help Guides at USMC-MCCS/help. By providing the phone number for the URC or DRC, and then following up later, spouses can make sure the issue was addressed.
9. What happens if I am talking to someone and they express concern about the safety of themselves or someone else in the home?
In the event of an active emergency, spouses should call 911 for assistance. Support can also be provided through the Military Crisis Line at 800-273-8255 (24/7). Additional installation resources for situations such as abuse, alcohol, assault, grief, and many more are provided on the Ask the Expert button, at the Connect to Resources link of the Semper Connected website.
10. How is my personal information stored and safeguarded?
Contact and similar information is collected with permission from incoming spouses/family members by another spouse/family members within the unit. This information may be shared with other members of the Semper Connected team and will be used as a resource to support individual spouses/family members. The provision of contact and similar information is completely voluntary but is highly recommended; connection with, and support from other spouses/family members who understand the military lifestyle is the greatest resource! Personal information is collected and maintained in accordance with The Privacy Act of 1974; 10 U.S.C. 5013; Secretary of the Navy; 10 U.S.C. 5041, Headquarters, Marine Corps: function; composition; Marine Corps Order (MCO) 1754.6C, Marine Corps Family Team Building (MCFTB); E.O. 9397 (SSN), as amended; and SORN M01754-5.
11. If I want to be removed from Semper Connected, how do I request my removal?
To unsubscribe, send an email to the Semper Connected spouse coordinator and include the word “Unsubscribe” in the Subject line.