National Volunteer Week: Get involved, give back to the community Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 April 2017
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SOMO athlete David Covarrubius, from El Dorado Springs, Mo., shakes hands with Pvt. Miguel Trevino, 84th Chem. Bn., after receiving a gold medal in his division. Trevino was one of hundrends of volunteers who helped with SOMO in March. File photo

By Maj. Gen. Kent Savre and Command Sgt. Maj. Jon Stanley
Special to GUIDON

Throughout the month of April, we celebrate National Volunteer Month, recognizing the positive impact volunteers have on our community and on our nation.

National Volunteer Week was first established by President Richard Nixon in 1974 as a way to thank citizens for acts of kindness; we now celebrate America’s volunteers throughout the month of April.

Public servants and volunteers dedicate a great deal of their free time to contribute to the community. We rely on our volunteers to provide services, problem solve, and accomplish goals every day, both on and off-post.

There are many different ways to give back. You can assist a school or church, non-profit organization, improve the environment or simply help a friend in need.

There are always opportunities to volunteer with and through MWR programs across Fort Leonard Wood. In addition, the installation hospital is always in need of volunteers as well as the fitness centers, United Service Organization, the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program, Army Community Service, youth sports and many other on-post organizations.

To volunteer on post, contact the Fort Leonard Wood American Red Cross Station at 573.596.0131, ext. 60300.

We encourage you to get involved and give back to our Fort Leonard Wood team of teams.

This month, we honor our dedicated service members, civilians and Families who volunteer their time to improve the installation and our community.

Thank you for your selflessness and willingness to help others. We are proud to serve with you here in the heart of America.

Victory starts here — victory through skill.

(Editor’s note: Savre is the Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and Fort Leonard Wood commanding general. Stanley is the MSCoE and Fort Leonard Wood command sergeant major.)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 26 April 2017 )