Thank you, KMC volunteers

Story and photo by Sarahjane Phillips
ACS marketing specialist

This past quarter, there were many wonderful contributions to the KMC that were made by the most selfless individuals — volunteers. It’s the simple acts of kindness and caring that create the great community we live in.

The Army Community Service Army Volunteer Program has quarterly recognition ceremonies where select individuals are given awards, plaques and a free luncheon to honor their dedicated work.

The winners of the awards were submitted by the organizations they volunteered for and their packets went before a panel of community members for selection. It was their extra dedication and service that made them stand out.

This past Volunteer of the Quarter ceremony honored the following individuals: Gustavo Beltra from youth sports, April Rodriguez from 624th Movement Control Team Family Readiness Group, Sarah Peterson from Army Community Service, Staff Sgt. Samuel Lee from United Service Organizations. The adult group award went to the Headquarters Headquarters Company 18th Military Police Brigade Family Readiness Group. 

The Volunteer of the Month for January was given to a special group of individuals who went above and beyond. The youth driven Keystone Club comprises teens ages 13 to 18 who dedicate their service to various community events.

The Vogelweh Keystone chapter received the Volunteer of the Month award for their many hours of assisting with the Garrison Holiday Assistance Program.

The next volunteer recognition event will be the highly anticipated National Volunteer Week in April where volunteers will have the opportunity to win a commissary shopping spree, USO trip discount vouchers and lots of other prizes. All volunteers who register for the chance to win the shopping spree will also receive a coupon booklet with lots of great discounts from various community vendors and Kaiserslautern FMWR.

To volunteer for a local community organization, regardless of branch of service, visit the Army Volunteer Corps, located in Bldg. 2917 on Pulaski Barracks.