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Volunteer Showcase

National Volunteer Appreciation Week is a time to celebrate people’s extraordinary accomplishments through service. It is also a time when the Army recognizes thousands of volunteers for their untiring volunteer support to Army communities. This year’s theme “Army Volunteers: Changing Lives and Communities", highlights the outstanding contributions that Army volunteers make to help ensure our Soldiers and Families stay resilient.

Volunteer Appreciation Week is coordinated by Army Volunteer Corps Coordinators or Program Managers whose mission is to promote and strengthen volunteerism. The program connects volunteers across organizations and Army components. Volunteers support Army Garrisons in a variety of jobs to include coaches, office assistants, Family Readiness Group leaders, program assistants and more.

Army Volunteers have dedicated over 190,000 hours in the past year to our Soldiers and Families. This page highlights some of our stellar volunteers and the many programs where volunteer opportunities are available. Family and MWR encourage you to get involved in your community and become an Army Volunteer! To learn more about local Army volunteer opportunities near you, visit your local Army Community Service Center. Find your installation here http://www.armymwr.com/installation/default.aspx

 



 

Amanda - Army Family Team Building (AFTB)

Garrison: Presidio of Monterey
Amanda - VS1

"If what you’re doing can make a difference for just one person, then it’s worth doing."

I started volunteering in 2010, when I wanted to get involved with my FRG at Fort Sill, OK. My FRG leader advised me to take the local AFTB classes. It was during AFTB that I caught the “volunteer bug.” Since then, I have accumulated over 2500 volunteer hours. During my time at Fort Sill, I volunteered with the Army Family Team Building program as an office assistant to the Program Manager, Level II coordinator, and instructor. At ACS, I volunteered as an administrative assistant and instructor for Mobilization and Deployment. I also volunteered with the Armed Service YMCA Soldier’s Closet. In 2011 I joined the AFAP volunteer team as a recorder/transcriber. I volunteered with my husband’s unit, HHB 214 FiB, as an FRG treasurer and Care Team member. In 2013, my husband and I moved to Monterey, CA. I immediately began volunteering with the AFTB program as Volunteer Program Manager and with ACS as an instructor teaching FRG leader and treasurer training. A few months later, I took up the volunteer position of Program Coordinator for the Monterey Bay Military Housing Mayoral Program. My work with MBMH Mayoral Program includes event planning, coordinating the quarterly Post-wide Yard Sale, and managing a team of over 30 volunteers.


 

Beverly Bishop - Mobilization and Deployment

Garrison: Fort Bliss
Beverly - VS2

"Volunteering at the SRRC site has given me improved health, an improved attitude on life, and allowed me to regain my strength."

Beverly Bishop (on right in photo) has been a volunteer with ACS MOB DEP for over a year.
She has logged over 250 hours, faithfully serving the Soldiers and civilians mobilizing and demobilizing through the Fort Bliss Soldier Readiness and Resiliency Center (SRRC). When Ms. Bishop started volunteering she was recovering from heart surgery; hence her quote above.


 

Alice Coleman - Financial Readiness

Garrison: Fort Bliss
Alice - VS3

"I volunteer because it’s important to give back."

Alice Coleman (on left in photo) devotes countless of hours as the Instructor for Dinner on a Dime, a Financial Readiness Program class that teaches Spouses and Soldiers how to prepare home-cooked meals inexpensively. The cooking class is an actual hands-on experience while discussing the cost of the meal and how you can adapt the meal for your family’s tastes. She takes time to plan the menu and tie it to the holiday celebrated that month. Alice takes into consideration of using produce that are in season for two reasons: 1) Incorporating fresh produce is healthier; and, 2) Produce in season is low-cost. Consideration is also placed on the parents: their cooking abilities; cookware and gadgets they may have at home; and, their busy schedules. She ensures all attendees have the opportunity to stir, chop, mix, and pour, so they gain confidence in the kitchen. Alice truly has enriched the lives of many of our Soldiers and Spouses by helping them gain confidence in the kitchen and staying on a budget.


 

CJ Buche - Thrift Shop

Garrison: Joint Base Myers - Henderson Hall
CJ - VS4

"I like to say, I have the family I was born into, the one I married into, and the Army family that I joined. God has blessed me with time, resources, and opportunities to be able to give to others. Having served in the military for 20 years, I enjoy being able to help my Army family and our military community."

CJ Buche has been an enthusiastic, devoted and loyal volunteer within the Military District of Washington and Joint Base Myer-Henderson hall (JBM-HH) for over 7 years. CJ currently serves as a volunteer to the following organizations operating on JBM-HH: Army Community Service (ACS), Army Officers’ Wives’ Club of the Greater Washington Area (AOWCGWA), Fort Myer Thrift Shop, and So Others Might Eat program. Within ACS alone, CJ serves as the President for the ACS Volunteer Support Association, Volunteer Supervisor, and Coordinator for the annual Holiday Top Distribution Program. Additionally, CJ serves as an instructor for the Army Family Team Building Program; she assists with the Army Family Action Plan and other ACS special events and training needs through the year.
CJ’s countless hours of service to our community are immeasurable. She is always ready to lend a helping hand with a ready smile; therefore, it is an honor to nominate CJ Buche into the IMCOM Volunteer Showcase.


Michelle - Girl Scout Troop

Garrison: Joint Base Lewis - McChord (JBLM)
Michelle - VS5

"It’s very rewarding to help Families with resources, activities, and a sense of community."

Michelle has been a Key Spouse for the 62nd Maintenance Squadron contacting deployed Family members, coordinating children’s events and parties, spouse socials, and providing resources/assistance to Families. In addition, Michelle is a Troop Leader, Service Unit Manager, and Placement Coordinator with the Girl Scouts. Her volunteer service began many years ago when her Family needed assistance and there wasn’t anyone to help so she volunteers to ensure that other Families don’t have the same experience.


 

Mara - Survivor Outreach Services (SOS), Gold Star Spouse

Garrison: Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)
Mara - VS6

"My experiences at JBLM have given me a purpose to educate and be educated. It has been a great experience!"

Mara is a Gold Star Spouse that has given over 3,600 hours to AFCS Survivor Outreach Services (SOS), Santa’s Castle, and Lewis Community Spouses’ Club. The contributions and positive impact Mara has provided has been instrumental to the success of SOS. Additionally she gives her time to the annual Snowball Express event, Heroes’ to Hometown, and Gold Star Wives.


 

Deborah - Family Readiness Group (FRG)

Garrison: Fort Rucker
Deborah - VS7

"I don't have money to donate, but I do have my time and that is how I can make a difference, by giving freely of my time."

Deborah is an extraordinary woman. She assisted the 110th AVN BDE HHC commander in creating an active and growing Family Readiness Group (FRG). Though she was not the Commander's spouse, she enthusiastically embraced the role of FRG Leader. Together, they created a small but vital FRG which was held to the same standards as the BN's it supports requiring duties not usually required of a company level FRG Leader. She managed it masterfully and has recently become the 110th AVN BDE CARE Team Coordinator. She also is available to teach AFTB classes. Deborah continues to actively volunteer for the Fort Rucker Elementary/Primary Schools PTO, School Board, and her off post church community. Her all around can do attitude is an asset to her company, her Brigade, and most certainly Fort Rucker.


 

Rashaan Allen - Boys and Girls Club of America (Youth Volunteer)

Garrison: Fort Knox
Rashaan - VS8

"The honor of serving my club means the world to me because I feel that regardless of any outcome, I have succeeded in the eyes of those who have given me the chance. Giving back to the Center is the least I could do to help those who helped me."

Rashaan Allen survived fights, and bad grades. When hurricane Katrina leveled his home it led him to Fort Knox. Rashaan was introduced to the Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA) February 18, 2009. Fort Knox Devers Middle School and Teen Center helped turn him into the fine outstanding citizen that he is today. Rashaan has over 2000 hours of community service. Rashaan participated in 4-H cooking, and BGCA keystone (a leadership group that gives back to the community). Rashaan served as Junior Leader Advisor at the 2012 Atlantic Region Youth Leadership Forum and as delegate of Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Fort Knox (both discuss teen Army issues).


 

SPC Valenzuela- USO/ Big Brothers, BIG Sisters Clarksville

Garrison: Fort Campbell
SPC Valenzuela - VS9

"I wanted to give back to my local community. The best way I could do that was to start volunteering."

 


 

Franklin- Outdoor Recreation 

Garrison: Joint Base Langley-Eustis
Franklin - VS10

"Helping our service members enjoy the outdoors has been a very rewarding experience for me. Seeing their smiling faces, listening to their life stories and being able to give back a little to those heroes are the things I will treasure for the rest of my life."

Franklin, also known as “Del”, volunteers as the Outdoor Recreation Hunt Council President. Due to his leadership, several hunters volunteered both time and resources on Saturdays to prepare the training areas for hunting. In addition to clearing and marking trails to existing stands and removing over 20 unserviceable stands, the team added 1 disabled ground deer blind, 4 new double high seats for youth hunters and 6 additional permanent metal stands. Two, three person duck blinds were added for use this waterfowl season. Due to Franklin’s volunteering, Outdoor Recreation hosted its first special resident goose hunt(s). A special hunt was held in November which allowed disabled hunters to have the chance to harvest a Canada goose. Franklin also established an email listing and website for hunters to check for information and provide "user" feedback.


 

Deborah- American Red Cross 

Garrison: Fort Lee
Deborah - VS11

"I had the privilege of serving my country, but once I fulfilled my commitment I still had the desire to serve. Volunteering has given me the opportunity to showcase what I can bring to an organization, plus meet so many wonderful people who constantly inspire me to do what I love to do."

Mrs. Deborah Wilcox is one of those volunteers who is everywhere all the time and no one realizes how many efforts and agencies she actually represents. Mrs. Wilcox is a veteran, military spouse, mother of a teenage son and full time student. In her ‘spare time’, she volunteers with Army Community Service planning outreach activities for the Exceptional Family Member Program Families, works both in the Red Cross office and in the field, and took on a Board position with the Fort Lee Area Spouses’ Club. When she’s not at home, Mrs. Wilcox can be found supporting her son’s interest in volunteering at the Fort Lee Stray Animal Facility or supporting her husband’s unit through the Family Readiness Group. Mrs. Wilcox has been recognized for her 707 volunteer hours in 2013 as Volunteer of the Quarter and with a gold level President’s Volunteer Service Award.


 

Annie- Family and MWR Marketing

Garrison: USAG Humphreys
Annie - VS12

"Coming from a corporate background, I was thrilled to find out that I would be able to use my skills, do what I love and love what I do, while I was getting to know a new country with my family. Being able to volunteer for the Army and have the opportunity to share my writing has truly made me feel like a valued member of our community."

Annie Edwards has been volunteering with USAG Humphreys’ Family and MWR Marketing since April 2013 and has proven to be a valuable and enthusiastic asset to the department. She loves exploring Korea and surrounding countries with her Army husband and sharing her adventures with others through her writing. She’s a reliable, regular contributor to our monthly Humphreys Happenings magazine and has built a following of readers who open the magazine each month to see her latest tips, tricks and advice on new local highlights. Thanks, Annie, for your energy, ideas and sense of adventure! You’ve added a valuable, fun feature to each month’s edition of the Happenings magazine.


 

Jamie- CYSS Parent Advisory Board

Garrison: Fort Campbell
Jamie - VS13

"It is so easy to get caught up in the regular routine of the work week; volunteering at my son’s daycare center is my way of stepping back and investing more into that part of his life. I enjoy being able to interact with and getting to know the caregivers in his room and staff of the center. Volunteering is highly fulfilling in that aspect."

 The Family Advisory Board (FAB) works closely with the staff of CDC1 to ensure that our children and their caregivers’ needs are met. We plan upcoming events and parent/deployment workshops. We address any concerns or suggestions that arise. We also volunteer in the classrooms and around the center. Our FAB runs very much like a school PTA, so parental involvement is essential. We formally meet once a month, but may come together more depending on upcoming activities. For instance, we have been working to help the staff prepare for Dr. Seuss’ Read Across America Program. We plan and publicize all our annual drives at the center, which have included a coat drive, food drive, and pajama drive. Caregiver appreciation is a week of activities where members of the FAB help show thanks for the wonderful staff members at our center.


 

Melissa - Spouses Club

Garrison: Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Melissa - VS14

"Volunteering has kept me involved in many aspects of military life. The military has been amazing to our Family so this is my opportunity to give back."

During their initial assignment her spouse was gone and she had no support. Once the Key Spouse program was formed she got involved to provide support and resources to spouses. Melissa has been a key spouse/mentor for 8 years with several squadrons. She volunteers as the 1st Vice President of the McChord Spouses Club, Secretary for the Rogers High School PTO, a participant in the Military Kids and Families workgroup, a mentor on Military Spouse EMentor, and a member of the JBLM Spouse Advisory Group.


 

Natasha- Family and MWR Library (Story Time)

Garrison: USAG Humphreys
Natasha - VS15

"I volunteer because I like to be a part of something bigger than myself."

Natasha Campbell is a virtual whirlwind of activity in her volunteer efforts within the USAG Humphreys community. A Military Family Member of the 4-2 Aviation Reconnaissance Battalion and mother of two teenagers. Natasha serves as the Family Readiness Group’s (FRG) Chairperson for several special events and programs, as well as a mentor to other FRG leaders. Natasha also volunteers for the United Club Spouses’ Association as an Executive Board Member, Bazaar Committee Member, and active with the club’s thriving Thrift Shop. Additionally, Natasha serves in two positions with the local Girl Scouts, as well as the Parent Teacher Student Organization, and School Advisory Committee Vice Chair and Secretary. She also conducts a weekly Story Time for preschoolers, and contributes her expertise with the Summer Reading Program at the Humphreys Library. Natasha recently founded the Camp Humphreys Book Club to provide a new social networking opportunity for community members to enjoy.