The Community Plans & Liaison Office (CP&LO) serves as the Base Commanding General's direct representative with local communities, public elected officials, other government agencies and major landowners surrounding the Base. The CP&LO staff also serves as the primary point of contact for any off-Base entities seeking a long-term use of Camp Pendleton land. This office serves in an oversight capacity to encroachment issues that could potentially affect the Camp Pendleton mission or its tenant commands. The staff assist on Base strategic land use planning.
The office works with local, state and federal officials to coordinate planning of mutual interest issues within Southern California. When necessary, the CP&LO staff provide information to local community authorities and regional planning agencies about Camp Pendleton land use and its training mission.
CP&LO coordinates the assignment of senior Camp Pendleton officials to serve as liaisons with local chambers of commerce, school boards and other community organizations. These assignments assist in enhancing communication with many off-base activities and organizations. The CP&LO serves as the primary Base coordinator for the School-to-Career program that involves approximately 600 students from two area school districts each year.
Camp Pendleton opens its doors to the surrounding communities in many other ways. Citizens with an authorized escort may tour the Base or request Marine Corps support through color guards, band, military equipment displays, military police and K-9 dog units.
Marines serving at the Base Community Relations Office also help promote the Adopt-A-School program by uniting an elementary class with a unit on Base. This program allows the students and Marines to work one-on-one to enhance student learning. Many Marines not only volunteer to help with child education programs, but also with sports or other after-school activities.
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a private, non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to providing temporary financial aid to Marines, Sailors and their families. Assisting with immediate essential needs through disbursement of interest-free loans or grants is the principle activity of the NMCRS. In addition, the NMCRS manages a thrift store on Base to aid Camp Pendleton's personnel. All items are received by donation only and the profits are used to support programs benefiting Camp Pendleton's Marines, Sailors and families.
The American Red Cross is a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance to service members and their families. These services include 24-hour emergency communications; financial assistance on behalf of the NMCRS for emergency travel; referral and advocacy services; health and welfare inquires; assistance with humanitarian transfers and hardship discharges; health and safety courses such as first-aid, CPR and baby sitting.
The Combined Federal Campaign, the only campaign authorized to solicit and collect contributions from federal employees in the workplace, collected more than $368,000 in charitable contributions from Marines and Sailors aboard Camp Pendleton in 2003 for distribution to local and national charities.