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Thursday, 21 September 2017
By Derek Gean
Assistant editor
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The 2017 observance of “Make a Difference Day” for Fort Leonard Wood is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 28 around the installation.

Rhonda Hutsell, Army Volunteer Corps coordinator, said the AVC is registering projects for the annual day of community service.

“Millions of Americans across the country are projected to spend Oct. 28, the 28th annual ‘Make a Difference Day,’ doing volunteer projects to improve their communities and help neighbors in need. This day is the largest community service effort in the nation, rallying corporations, government leaders, charitable organizations, and everyday Americans into action on one day,” Hutsell said.
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Soldiers help clean up Piney Valley Golf Course during the 2016 observance. Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation photo

Last year, a total of 2,145 volunteers contributed a recorded number of more than 4,500 volunteer hours to the Fort Leonard Wood community Hutsell said.

Some of the currently scheduled projects include tree mulching, vegetation trimming, school, chapel, cemetery and museum beautification projects and much more.

Community members and organizations are welcome to volunteer during “Make a Difference Day” activities or develop a project to work on around the installation.

Proposed projects must be submitted to the AVC office no later than Oct. 20. Each organization is expected to develop their project and assign a project coordinator to work with the AVC and attend planning meetings.

“Anyone can carry out a volunteer project that helps others,” Hutsell said.

“‘Make a Difference Day’ volunteers have the opportunity to participate in team building projects, demonstrate leadership, and generate a caring and mentoring atmosphere,” she added.

Col. Tracy Lanier, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood commander, said the garrison has been gathering potential projects for this year and is actively recruiting units, private organizations and individuals to volunteer.

“I would like to take this opportunity to solicit your involvement and ask that you join our ranks and become a part of our nation’s largest volunteer movement and truly make a difference,” Lanier said.

In conjunction with “Make a Difference Day,” Army Community Service is also scheduled to host a Family Advocacy Program 5k Fun Run/Walk at 8 a.m. starting at the Exchange parking lot. Registration for the event will begin at 7:15 a.m. and participants can run, walk, bike and even bring strollers for their children. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 573.596.0212.

For more information on “Make A Difference Day” or to volunteer, contact Hutsell at 573.596.0131, ext. 64334 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
Last Updated ( Friday, 20 October 2017 )