"This is my opinion and does not constitute an endorsement, opinion or official position of the U.S. Army".
Volunteering is part of the American way of life. Army Volunteers contribute to strong communities and improve the quality of life for our Soldiers and their Families, thus improving readiness and retention for our Armed Forces.
April 18-24 is National Volunteer Appreciation week. Each installation recognizes their volunteers in various ways as well as additional recognition by certain organizations. Some provide gifts, others certificates, those on the national stage may even provide a monetary award. (Submit your best volunteer for the NMFA Award). However, no matter what the acknowledgement received – the common bond tying all these individuals together is their character. I have been a volunteer and been around many volunteers over the last 20 years. All of us choose to get involved because we care for our fellowman, not for the recognition we receive.
The government has benefitted greatly from the Army Volunteer Corps. Millions of dollars of value-added resources are saved each year through the work our volunteers do. The skills, knowledge and enthusiasm volunteers bring to the table enhance the lives of those with whom they become involved. Regardless, this benefit is two-fold. Volunteering not only allows one to give but also to receive. Volunteers gain training opportunities, a chance to meet people and network, gain valuable experience that can equate to work experience and most importantly provide personal growth in character.
Volunteering can be easy and each installation has many opportunities for you regardless of your strengths. Check out our OPPORTUNITY LOCATOR and get started now. Feel appreciated, inspire others, & share your hobby. Learn a job skill, be a role model, strengthen young minds and bodies, & finally, take a chance to motivate a student or adult.
If you are interested in taking your volunteering to a level outside the army. I found the following sites useful in helping me match my interests and talents with organization near where I live:
• Serve.gov: Helps you find service opportunities that match your interests and talents in your hometowns, across the country, or around the world.
• NationalService.gov: The Corporation for National & Community Service offers information about volunteering and administers several volunteer programs, including AmeriCorps and SeniorCorps.
• Volunteer.Gov/Gov: A single, easy-to-use web portal with information about volunteer opportunities. You can search by keyword, state, activity, agency, and/or date range.
If you have always volunteered than I hope your organization takes this month to appreciate you. If you have yet to get involved than take this month to make the change!
Your life experiences, wisdom & accumulated skills are priceless commodities that enhance any organization you choose to identify with whether on or off an installation.
No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another ~Author Unknown