April 22, 2014
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Melinda Conway's volunteer resume reads like a book.
When the military mom isn't helping with the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) at Aberdeen High School where her son attends, she is either devoting her time to Army Community Service, is serving as the administrative coordinator for the Protestant Women of the Chapel, helping with the Aberdeen Proving Ground Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, volunteering at a dairy store in Bel Air, or with the United Services Organization (USO) where she's worked with the military's United Through Reading program for seven years.
Though she may be busy, Conway said she wouldn't have it any other way.
"I've always been a big volunteer," she said. "I enjoy volunteering. I like to help out communities and military Families."
Conway has been a military wife for 15 years. She currently resides on APG North (Aberdeen) with her son, Jordan, and her husband Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Conway.
She soon will accept the position of the new Family Readiness Group leader at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test and Evaluation Command, where she will be giving spousal support and providing information to military Family members.
"I enjoy helping others, and it's the main reason why [I volunteer]," she said. "I want the community to always be better and strive to do better things. Seeing someone else smile and seeing something being done makes it worth it. I enjoy helping others and making it a better place for younger generations."
For now, Sevil Morris has made volunteering her full-time job, devoting her time as the receptionist for Army Community Service (ACS) on APG North.
"I help everybody who needs me, and then I answer the phone calls and help people coming in," Morris said.
Morris has volunteered in multiple capacities her entire life, volunteering with her daughter's school while she was younger and also at the ACS in Germany where she lived a large portion of her life. She previously worked as a contract specialist in Germany for 14 years.
"It feels like I'm in a Family here," she said. "I like helping people and I love to help military Families because when I got married, ACS was there for me. They were willing to help me, they were friendly--and so I'm following in those footsteps."
Morris added that if anyone is looking for information from ACS to call the main desk and she will be ready and willing to help.
"I want people to know that they will never be alone with ACS," she said. "ACS will always be behind them, that's for sure."