VILSECK, Germany — There are 447 service members, family members, local nationals, youth, civilians and retirees who — from March 2017 to February 2018 — logged over 43 years’ worth of man-hours. Over 250 on-post organizations currently use their services. And in the past year alone, the total dollar amount for their labor would equate to $2,163,378.52.
They are Grafenwoehr and Vilseck’s volunteers, and they are the lifeblood of our community.
On Wednesday, April 18, they were recognized for their support and commitment at a ceremony here at the multipurpose center.
Organized by the garrison’s volunteer program manager, Porché Leonard and the staff at Army Community Service, the event drew a large crowd of both volunteers and the beneficiaries of their services. Photos of the event are available on the USAG Bavaria Flickr page.
“The strength of the Army lies in its Soldiers,” said Lt. Col. Greg Scrivens, garrison chief of staff, in opening remarks. “And the strength of Army communities lies in the talents and contributions of its members,” he said referring to the crowded room of volunteers.
Grafenwoehr and Vilseck’s volunteers come from all different corners of the USAG Bavaria community representing many organizations, Scrivens said.
“And you are all doing fantastic work for our Soldiers and families. And that is why we are here today. We are here, as a garrison, as a complete community, to say, ‘thank you for all you do.’”
Grafenwoehr and Vilseck’s 447 volunteers recorded 89,618 hours of service totaling 11,202 days of work.
Agencies from around the garrison submitted “Volunteer of the Year” packages at the beginning of the year. A selection panel convened in March to select winners in five categories: Active Duty, Civilian/Retiree, Local National, Family Member and Youth.
The Army Volunteer Corps, managed by Army Community Service, is a program which people use to find volunteer opportunities, log service hours and receive support and guidance. If you would like to volunteer, visit our article “5 steps to become a volunteer at USAG Bavaria.”
Volunteer of the Year Winners
Active Duty — Specialist Caleb Dickerson, 18th Military Police Brigade (Nominated by the Grafenwoehr United Services Organization)
Civilian / Retiree — James “Jim” Federline (Nominated by Religious Support Operations)
Family Member — Jennifer Nash (Nominated by 615th Military Police Company Family Readiness Group)
Local National — Anni Zeitler (Nominated by the German-American Kontact Club)
Youth — Kendall Thompson (Nominated by the Grafenwoehr Performing Arts Center)
Volunteers with over 1,000 Hours
Kim-Nathalie Estrada Angeles
Volunteers with over 700 Hours
Volunteers with over 500 Hours
Volunteers with over 250 Hours
Tauaveave “Chelle” Onosa’i