As National Volunteer Week comes to a close, here’s a look at a few of the scores of celebrations held at centers around the world. The USO’s 27,000-plus volunteers donated more than 1.375 million hours last year in service to America’s troops and their families..
USO Fort Hood
[caption id=“attachment_9285” align=“alignright” width=“221”] USO Fort Hood Programs Manager Isabel Hubbard, left, USO volunteer Frank Wright and USO Fort Hood Story Time Coordinator Andrea McDonald attend Wednesday’s event. USO photo[/caption]
USO Fort Hood held a luncheon Wednesday to honor its volunteers who logged a total of more than 22,000 hours last year.
“I’m really proud to stand here and see how many amazing people answer the call,” USO Fort Hood Director Robin Crouse told the Killeen (Texas) Daily Herald, which covered the event.
USO Forward Operating Base Fenty
The USO at Forward Operating Base Fenty in Afghanistan showed its appreciation to volunteers – almost all of whom are troops themselves – with some baked goods. They posted photos of the volunteers earlier this week.
“Thanks to all the great volunteers at Fenty for all you do for your fellow soldiers!” USO Senior Vice President of Operations Alan Reyes wrote in a Facebook comment about the celebration.
USO centers know how to get creative. To celebrate National Volunteer Week, the staff at USO Houston put together a JibJab breakdance video.
USO Houston had 248 volunteers donate 20,056 hours to their center last year.
USO San Antonio
USO San Antonio held a USO Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at their airport facility on Wednesday morning.
“We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, ‘We couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers,’” the staff wrote on its Facebook page.
–Story by USO Story Development
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