National Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 15-21, and the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society aboard Naval Air Station Lemoore is showing their volunteers how much they are valued by the organization.
NMCRS will be celebrating their volunteers next week by providing a breakfast and lunch, topped off with a potluck and paint night at Tailhook Tavern on Friday.
“We are grateful that our volunteers treat coming here like any other job,” said Sue Woodard, co-chairman of volunteers at the society. “They extend themselves. They want to be here, have a positive attitude, and want for all of us to work well together.”
Between the NMCRS center and the NMCRS operated base thrift shop, there are about 20 volunteers who consistently help the society on a weekly basis. Some of the volunteers spend upwards of 16 hours a week volunteering there, which is the maximum allowed by the organization.
According to Woodard, the non-profit organization runs its office like a business, providing training for basic office skills as well as opportunities to use skills that one would use in a professional capacity, such as data input and graphic design.
“Our support system and training rivals that of for-profit organizations,” said Woodard.
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is an international non-profit organization that operates on most U.S. Navy and Marine Corps bases around the world, offering services such as quick-assist loans and the Budget for Baby Workshop.
Woodard began volunteering with the society as a client services assistant in October of 2016. She now holds roles as both caseworker and co-chairman of volunteers.
“We feel like everyone is truly going out of their way to serve as much as they can and do the best that they can do,” said Woodard.