Miyuki Gray

Marine Corps Family Team Building

Community Writer

Why is it important for people to volunteer in our community?
Volunteering supports the many valuable programs on installation and Marine Corps Leadership goals, and can help personal and professional growth.

The opportunity to volunteer comes in many forms: coaching children in sports activities; welcoming new families to your unit; or becoming a L.I.N.K.S. for Spouses Mentor, sharing your experiences with spouses new to the military. These are all great ways to volunteer aboard MCAS Iwakuni. Your volunteer work supports your friends, neighbors, schools, and ultimately makes a better community.

Volunteering benefits you personally as well. Your volunteer experience can help you get a job in the future by adding new and valuable work experiences and networking opportunities. Use your talents to make positive impacts.

Marine Corps Family Team Building is now a “certifying organization” for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). What is the PVSA? It is the premier volunteer awards program, recognizing those who volunteer through presidential gratitude and national recognition.

Have you ever tracked your volunteer hours before? Can you imagine if you track all your volunteer hours in your lifetime, how many total hours you could have? Starting this year, there is a way to track your volunteer hours. Through the President’s Volunteer Service Award, your lifetime service will be recognized and tracked. Even if you move back to the states, your volunteer records will be there to continue to accumulate your hours. You just need to contact the volunteer programs office at your new installation. Any U.S. citizen ages 14 and older is eligible for this program. Registering for the PVSA is easy; tracking your time is easy- get started now.

For more information on the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, and volunteer opportunities, visit Marine Corps Family Team Building. 253-6439