HOHENFELS, Germany — One hundred one individuals representing the roughly 13,230 hours registered volunteer hours at U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria – Hohenfels were recognized in the annual volunteer recognition ceremony April 25, here, at the Hilltop Club.
Volunteers provide many services such as making coffee, welcoming you as you walk in buildings, teaching or taking care of children of all ages, as well as coordinating events by setting up tables and chairs, preparing the meals and much more. They spent time coaching on a baseball field or basketball court, working in our clinics and offices, and supporting private organizations and school functions. These people provide their time and energy week in and week out.
“Without volunteers, Hohenfels could not provide all the services for the community,” said Patrick Rothbauer, deputy garrison manager. “We thank you for all your support and time you gave and continue to give to our soldiers, families and civilians. Job well done!”
Volunteer of the Year Award Winners, by category:
Ashley McLaughlin was recognized for having the most amount of volunteer hours, with 920 hours in 2018. Lauren Gillett followed her with 766 hours, Jared Overman with 637 hours and Amanda Lauritzen with 655 hours.
USAG Bavaria – Hohenfels volunteers are not only Soldiers, but also family members, civilians and retirees of all age groups.
When asking volunteers down here in Hohenfels why they spend their time and energy for the community, many said that it enriches them on every level and this would give them more back than they give to the community they live in.
“Although having the best job in Hohenfels by hosting new and fun events, many programs could not run without the help of volunteers,” said Angela Hamilton, special events, BOSS advisor and Warrior Zone manager. “Knowing how crucial it is to have people step in just motivates me to want to make a difference too.”
The Volunteer Management Information System, managed by Army Community Service, is a program that people can use to find, sign up and log their service hours. If you would like to volunteer, visit www.myarmyonesource.com and register. Select ‘Hohenfels’ as your community under USAG Bavaria when registering, and search the available opportunities within our community.