ANAD ACS gives thanks for volunteers
April 25, 2013
ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- Kiana Banks spoke to the Army Community Service volunteers at this year's appreciation ceremony, giving them an overview of how she came to appreciate being a volunteer.
The ceremony was held April 22 at the DeSoto Pastime Center.
Banks' first volunteer experience occurred at Anniston Army Depot with the Camp Connection summer program.
"It was the highlight of my summer," she said, adding it gave her a chance to interact with youth from throughout the community.
It also gave her a love of giving to others.
Banks built on that foundation, eventually being named the 2010 Youth Volunteer of the Year for the depot.
Giving of her time and abilities soon led Banks to combine two of her loves, volunteering and tennis, at Camp Walt Whitman in New Hampshire.
She told the volunteers and others gathered at the depot's annual Volunteer Appreciation Ceremony that their time helping others can yield so much.
"You may just plant a seed that will lead to a harvest of future volunteers," she said.
Following Banks' remarks, those who volunteer through the depot's ACS program were recognized.
There are currently 54 volunteers with ACS who gave 970.65 hours of service during 2012.
Kaylan Banks, Kiana's brother, was recognized as the Youth Volunteer of the Year and Valerie Moses was named the Army Corps Volunteer of the Year.