Volunteers benefit organizations
May 1, 2012
The National Ground Intelligence Center recognized 45 of its employees for their volunteer activities during a special recognition ceremony held recently.
"Volunteers generate enthusiasm and interest and help to create a positive image of the organization in the community and with their co-workers," said Col. Stephen C. Gomillion, Commander of the National Ground Intelligence Center. "Our folks contribute their time, energy and talents to help us fulfill the mission and with that, bring new insights and ideas to their work."
Many organizations such as the Armed Forces, American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity and others wouldn't be able to carry on their mission without the generous individuals who give of their time and talent each day, Gomillion said.
"Volunteerism has been a part of the Army lifestyle for more than 200 years ago with 'camp followers that participated in tasks such as caring for the wounded; doing the laundry, copying correspondence; taking up arms and assisting cannon crews,'" Gomillion said. "Volunteerism is the foundation of this great Nation and our Army and defines our character. In the words of Winston Churchill said, 'We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give'."
The most generous gift anyone can give is their time and service, said Diane Delp, Family Readiness Support Assistant.
"These are incredible people doing wonderful work across the center from fundraisers to organizing events," said Delp, event organizer. "It's an honor to recognize these individuals who not only make a difference in their everyday jobs but improve the quality of life at work."
Volunteer Kelly Nelson said that she is encouraged by the willingness of others to help and by the positive response by those receiving the assistance.
"I have a sense of personal responsibility that began with my mother's continued involvement in all of my school activities," Nelson said. "I gain a great sense of personal contribution and satisfaction by being involved and giving back."