• FORT CARSON, Colo.---Volunteers take condiments for their hamburgers and hot dogs during the free National Volunteer Week barbecue April 20 at Army Community Service.

    Fort Carson thanks volunteers

    FORT CARSON, Colo.---Volunteers take condiments for their hamburgers and hot dogs during the free National Volunteer Week barbecue April 20 at Army Community Service.

  • FORT CARSON, Colo.---Rebecca Rudman, volunteer, center, helps her daughter, Ashley, 5, prepare a plate at the free National Volunteer Week barbecue at Army Community Service April 20.

    Fort Carson thanks volunteers

    FORT CARSON, Colo.---Rebecca Rudman, volunteer, center, helps her daughter, Ashley, 5, prepare a plate at the free National Volunteer Week barbecue at Army Community Service April 20.

  • FORT CARSON, Colo.---Ed Shade, volunteer, cooks Polish sausage for the National Volunteer Week barbecue April 20 at Army Community Service.

    Fort Carson thanks volunteers

    FORT CARSON, Colo.---Ed Shade, volunteer, cooks Polish sausage for the National Volunteer Week barbecue April 20 at Army Community Service.

  • FORT CARSON, Colo.---Volunteers take condiments for their hamburgers and hot dogs during the free National Volunteer Week barbecue April 20 at Army Community Service.

    Fort Carson thanks volunteers

    FORT CARSON, Colo.---Volunteers take condiments for their hamburgers and hot dogs during the free National Volunteer Week barbecue April 20 at Army Community Service.

FORT CARSON, Colo.---If you grill it, they will come.

And, Fort Carson's volunteers came in droves on a clear spring day to the National Volunteer Week barbecue at Army Community Service April 20.

Hamburgers, hot dogs and all of the barbecue fixings and side items were on hand, but what the ACS staff really was serving up was its gratitude for what the post's volunteers bring to the table.

"(I hope they get) a sense of pride in what they do," said Adela Stearns, ACS volunteer coordinator. "This is National Volunteer Week; the week is dedicated to them and the services that they provide. I think (this event) is great ... to recognize all of the Fort Carson volunteers and all the effort they put in helping the Soldiers and Families."

The event also was a chance for volunteers to relax and socialize, said Ashley Ellison, ACS and Mayoral Program volunteer.

"I think it brings a lot of people together and lets them know about what Army community volunteers do," she said. "It also gives them the opportunity to sign up to see where they can contribute."

Ellison learned of the volunteer opportunities available through ACS from her husband, she said, and has been volunteering ever since. The efforts of volunteers such as Ellison help support post programs that could otherwise be in trouble after recent garrison budget constraints, Stearns said.

"Most of the operations, whether it be with ACS or somewhere else, wouldn't be able to happen if it wasn't for those volunteers," she said.

Although the volunteer force is strong - with more than 4,000 volunteers on Fort Carson - the post could always use more, Adela said.

For more information about volunteering, call ACS at 526-4590.

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