Zaneta Padilla

Community Writer

Community Writer

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month, and we’d like to take the time to thank the dedicated volunteers aboard the installation. MCAS Iwakuni could not run all the programs we do if it were not for volunteers. In 2016, we had over 2000 volunteers who contributed over 60,000 hours. This number is astounding! How exactly can volunteers make an impact? Let’s look at a few ways volunteers have made a difference in our community here on MCAS Iwakuni.

“SMP had over 600 volunteers from 19 Units who collectively gave 6056 hours of service. Servicemembers from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan collected over 700 trash bags during clean ups in Hiroshima, Hashirijima, Tsunoshima, Oshima, and Nijigahama just to name a few. Those areas consist mainly of elderly people who find it difficult to clean up the area especially with large items. Often we have locals come out to show their gratitude. But let’s not forget about the impact volunteers had on the orphanage visits. Those visits are full of joy, happiness, and tons of smiles. Also, volunteers visited elementary schools and junior high schools, where they interacted with students by learning Japanese calligraphy and origami. Volunteers were able to experience Japanese opening and closing ceremonies at the schools performed by students.” – Oana Ivanoff, Single Marine Assistant Manager

“Volunteers are central to what we do here at MCFTB. Without them, there would be no Ninja show for our kids’ deployment “Junior Ninja Warrior Days,” and we wouldn’t be able to do work at the capacity we do with workshops and events without our office volunteers who help up while simultaneously working on their resumes.” – Angela Gerrits, Marine Corps Family Team Building Lifeskills and Deployment Readiness Trainer

“Volunteers directly affect the way we manage and run our Youth Sports programs. Without volunteer coaches, Youth Sports would not be able to properly divide the children into age specific, reasonable, and practicable teams. The programs thrive because of our volunteer coaches.” – Eduardo Almonte, Youth Sports Coordinator

Volunteers are needed at MCFTB as LINKS Mentors to help new spouses adjust to the stresses of the mobile military lifestyle; Coaches for Youth Sports, local beach cleanups with SMP or the Station Chapel, administrative support for Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Scout Leaders, Special Events, and much much more. Go to MCCS to see all the great organizations that need your volunteer support. Register your name in our new Volunteer Database and be contacted when volunteer opportunities come up.

Iwakuni would not be the same with YOU-the volunteer.

Please join us for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony April 26 from 8:30 – 10:30 AM at Club Iwakuni. Your work has made a difference in the lives of many and we thank you for your passion, hard work and all you do.

MCFTB is a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) program. Call MCFTB at 253-3754 for more details.