Volunteers pick up trash.
A volunteer takes time out of his Saturday to clean up the area near Pyeongtaek subway station.

CAMP HUMPHREYS -- There was no trash-talking on Saturday, Sept. 17 as the United Service Organizations hosted a community clean-up at AK Plaza.

"We started it last month and the reason we are doing this is to establish good relations with the Korean community and to show a good image for the U.S. Army," stated USO Center Manager Tami Hager, who heard good reports while she and others were out volunteering their time for this monthly project.

Not only did USO volunteers lend a helping hand but there was also support from Better Opportunities for Single (and unaccompanied) Soldiers volunteers.

"I feel good!" stated volunteer Sgt. 1st Class Terry Freeman, who belongs to the 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion. "It was a good turn out and a lot of participation to help clean up."

"It's good community service and I love to give back to the community" said Staff Sgt. Alex Quanon, which belongs to the 95th Blood Support Detachment. "I love a clean environment and there is no better way to contribute to that than doing this."

The community clean-up started at 9:30 a.m. and takes about two hours. They meet at the front gate and after all the hard work, the USO showed appreciation to the volunteers by providing refreshments afterward.

"Honestly…," stated Pfc. Suzette LaFrance, 95th BSD, "it was fun to pick up the trash and socialize." She then went on to say, "I'm definitely looking forward to getting something to eat after all this excitement!"

"I feel like it's a good opportunity to help contribute to a better environment in Korea," stated Spc. Daniel Pellegrini, 95th BSD. He also continued "I would like to encourage my fellow soldiers to contribute a few hours towards USO and other volunteering opportunities."

For more information on how you can participate in the next community clean-up, call DSN 753-6281.

Page last updated Mon September 24th, 2012 at 00:00