In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Week, Fort Bragg recognized volunteers during the week of April 15-21 by offering different celebratory activities and rewards. A picnic for volunteers was held at Mckellar’s Lodge on April 19 in order to shine a spotlight on those who dedicate their services willingly without pay.
“Volunteers are very important to us and you guys are a valued asset to the military,” said Lt. Gen. Paul J. LaCamera
Volunteers and Family members were able to enjoy a buffet of food, face painting for children, bouncey house, cotton candy, train rides and win fun door prizes. Behind the lodge is a lake where volunteers had the opportunities to fish as well.
“This event today is to recognize all the volunteers on Fort Bragg,” said Alice Stephens, Army Community Services Army volunteer coordinator.
If they volunteered on Fort Bragg for at least one hour throughout the year, they were eligible to participate in all the events. This included all organizations on the installation.
During the event, LaCamera unveiled a check written out to more than $17 million. The check represented the amount of money Fort Bragg has saved by using volunteer services.
“If we had to pay them, (volunteers) we would have to pay them $24.16 a hour. So we multiplied every hour logged within the past year, and that’s how much it saves Bragg,” said Stephens.
Along with different activities for volunteers and Family, were 10 baskets prizes. Each volunteer received a raffle at the door and had a chance to play different trivia games such as guess the amount of candy in the jar in order to win different prizes. While volunteers and Family members enjoyed a buffet of food, they were also able to enjoy live music from the 82nd Airborne Division rock band.
There are many reasons individuals volunteer: to meet new people, give back to the community, make a difference and improve personal skills they might like to work on.
For more information visit on how to volunteer visit https://bragg.armymwr.com/programs/acs-volunteer-program.