VOY nominations accepted until Jan. 31

Story and photo by Mary Davis
U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz

Nominations for the U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Volunteer of the Year take place from Nov. 1 to Jan. 31, 2019. For more information, visit the USAG Rheinland-Pfalz Army Community Service Facebook page or call DSN 541-9044 or commercial at 0611-143-541-9044.

U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz couldn’t deliver the array of effective, valuable community programs if it weren’t for its volunteers, providing selfless service to the military community. Every year when volunteers go the extra mile, they can be nominated by their supervisors for USAG RP Volunteer of the Year awards – Nov. 1 to Jan. 31, 2019.

“Volunteers are an integral part to the success of garrison programs — especially youth sports,” said Greetchen Garcia, Army Community Service volunteer program. “Volunteer involvement enriches programs, amplifies resiliency and supports the entire community.”

There are more than 8,000 Army Volunteer Corps members within Kaiserslautern and Baumholder who are involved in various programs from garrison Child and Youth Services to private organizations like Boy Scouts of America and military spouses’ organizations. Their contributions make a meaningful difference in the lives of Soldiers and families every day. In fact, volunteer contributions of time and effort equaled almost $3 million last year.

“Volunteers are the cornerstone of any community, and volunteerism itself – the desire to assist or give back to your fellow citizens with personal time and effort – is the lifeblood of our Army family,” said Dr. Kevin Griess, USAG RP deputy garrison commander. “That is even more true in our overseas military communities.”

Although volunteering is about giving back to the community, Garcia said VOY is a way to give back to those exceptional volunteers as well as recognize the contributions of all volunteers during the annual VOY ceremony, Apr. 26 at Armstrong’s Club on Vogelweh.

Nominations are open to all USAG Rheinland-Pfalz volunteers who served from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2018, and their hours must be verified in the Volunteer Management Information System database. The six categories volunteers can be nominated for include: Active-Duty Service Member, Active-Duty Single Service Member, Youth Volunteer (Up through 8th Grade), Youth Volunteer (9th to 12th Grade), Family Member and Civilian/Retiree/Local National.

“We are all busy and get caught up in the demands of our personal and professional lives, but I ask that you take a moment to say thank you to those that give back. This can be as simple as a personal note of thanks or notes to supervisors or chains of command to recognize those that have helped you or others,” Griess said. “What we would really like to see and support are nominations for larger recognition at the garrison level. Every year, we have Volunteer of the Year award ceremonies that publicly recognize some of our great volunteers. Assist us by taking the time to nominate those around you that are making a difference for these awards.”

People can request nomination forms from Garcia at greetchen.m.garcia.civ@mail.mil.

For more information, visit the USAG Rheinland-Pfalz ACS Facebook page or call Garcia at 541-9044 or 0611-143-541-9044.