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1991- Mrs. Doris Borkowski, Fort Monmouth, NJ

Mrs. Doris Borkowski

Emma Marie Baird Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service

1991- Mrs. Doris Borkowski, Fort Monmouth, NJ

Mrs. Doris Borkowski volunteered for the past 12 years contributing nearly 12,000 hours to the Fort Monmouth Army Community Service Program. She enjoys providing essential services to soldiers and their families. She made covers for crib mattresses and car seats, which contributes to a longer lending life as well as easier maintenance.

She showed a high degree of initiative and originality in establishing an ACS account at the Thrift Shop. She cleaned, packaged, and ticketed donated items that could be neither stored nor used in a timely fashion. These items, sold at a price affordable to soldiers, generated funds used to help off-set costs of other soldier and family programs.

Mrs. Borkowski’s leadership is evident as she plans and organizes most programs in which she participates. From 1978-80 she organized the installation library. This duty included updating and organizing materials from over eighty installation as well as compiling welcome packets for Fort Monmouth. As the chairperson for the Baby Bundles Program, she ensured that packages were ready for the new babies of soldiers in pay grade E-4 and below.

From 1981-1983 Mrs. Borkowski was the ACS Volunteer Supervisor. In this capacity she oversaw and provided meaningful work for the over thirty volunteers. She was also responsible for tracking the volunteers and cleaning and upgrading the lending closet items. Throughout the years she has led a corps of volunteers help for children’s fairs, fleas markets and children’s identification programs.

For the past year Mrs. Borkowski has been the Blood Drive Coordinator. Arranging unit representative meetings, publicity, physical set-up, and making appointments for 300-500 donors.

Mrs. Borkowski handles most client contact with the Utility Deposit Waiver Program (UDWP). Explanation of the program, completion of required forms and actual contact between the soldier and the utility companies are her responsibilities.

In addition she coordinated with the USACHCS (Chaplain School) C-22 classes for in-processing so there may be a smooth transition, especially for those coming from overseas. This includes the many services that ACS offers – UDWP, installation library materials and lending closet.

Since she started in 1977 as an ACS volunteer, Mrs. Borkowski has been recognized as an outstanding volunteer. In both 1978 and 1979 she was a volunteer of the month. In 1982 she received post volunteer awards and was volunteer of the year. In 1988 she received the Commander’s Award for Public Service, and in 1989 the Army Materiel Command Certificate of Appreciation. While many volunteers receive awards for hundreds of hours, Mrs. Borkowski’s pins are for thousands.