Volunteering benefits everyone

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  • By Kevin Gaddie
  • Team Eglin Public Affairs

Eglin’s Volunteer Program, operated at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, is a central resource for volunteers and on and off-base agencies needing volunteer services.

“Base agencies are continually looking for volunteers to help with their programs and services,” said Mary Davis, program manager.  “Currently, there are about 15 volunteer positions on base.”

Personnel can find on-base volunteer opportunities at agencies like the Air Armament Museum, Outdoor Recreation, Pet Welfare and the Airman’s Attic.  Seasonal opportunities are available with the Voting Assistance Program and at the Tax Center, to name a few.

Davis said she also receives requests for volunteers from off-base organizations.

Nancy Gereg continues to volunteer at the A&FRC’s Loan Closet since 1987, handing out household goods to newly reporting families awaiting their household shipments.  She also volunteers with A&FRC’s Stork Program, handcrafting layettes, booties, toys for newborns and for children admitted to the 96th Medical Group’s pediatric ward.

“It’s a way to give back,” Gereg said.  “My husband is a retired Air Force member.  I remember needing things when our household goods shipments ran late.  I’m happy to help people who are in the same situation I was once in.”

Davis stated service members, civilians, spouses and students can use their volunteering efforts on performance reports, resumes, etc.

Davis recommends spouses looking for a career change volunteer in a chosen field to decide if it’s a good fit.  Volunteering enhances spouses’ visibility on and off-base and helps in networking, which can increase their chances of landing a job.

Members and spouses receive up to 32 hours of free child care a month per child, from a licensed Eglin in-home day care provider, when they volunteer on base.  The Air Force Aid Society also provides funding for active duty Air Force members or their spouses who volunteer.

Volunteers can document their hours on the My Air Force Volunteer website.  Accumulating 250 hours makes them eligible for a Volunteer Excellence Award.

For more information, call 882-9060.