By Marsha Duncan
Special Contributor to The Standard
Fort Detrick is an installation with a lot of heart and at the center of it are its volunteers. Last year almost 300 volunteers reported over 20,600 hours spent in service to organizations both on post and in the communities surrounding Fort Detrick and this number continues to grow each year as volunteers begin to recognize the value of their service.
Volunteers are the backbone of organizations on post such as the Chapel, the Thrift Shop and Army Community Service. Organizations like JAG have volunteers who specialize in tax preparation assistance to military, retirees and family members.
ACS volunteers provide a variety of services including volunteer management, employment readiness assistance and instruction for English as a second language learner. Volunteers with specialized training in graphics and design assist the MWR Marketing Department with the hundreds of requests for printed materials that they receive on a continual basis.
The Chapel has hundreds of volunteers who assist with everything from Sunday school teachers to members of the band. Wherever your talents or passions lie, we can find an organization or agency who would love to have your help. Our volunteer program does not stop at the gates either. As Colonel Robinson has reminded us many times, we are not neighbors in this community, we are this community.
Our Soldiers, family members and employees live, play and yes, volunteer, in our respective communities. We know that we have hundreds of volunteers who are giving their time and talents to clubs, schools, sports teams, Special Olympics, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, mentoring agencies, etc. and in tribute to those volunteers we established a new Community Outreach Award which will be presented annually at the Volunteer Recognition Ceremony to the individual and group that most exemplify the true partnership that exists between Fort Detrick and the community through their volunteer efforts.
Whether you volunteer on post, or in your community, you are a part of the Fort Detrick Volunteer Program. To get a true picture of the level of service that Fort Detrick volunteers offer we need to have each volunteer registered and reporting their service in the Volunteer Management Information System housed at www.myarmyonesource.com.
The Installation Volunteer Coordinator will assist with program registration and reporting of hours for those that may not have access to this web-based system. Please contact Marsha Duncan at (301) 619-3171 or marsha.duncanamedd. army.mil to become of part of the talented and passionate group of individuals that make up the Fort Detrick Army Volunteer Corps.