YONGSAN GARRISON, REPUBLIC OF KOREA --- Yongsan awarded its community members who volunteered for various tasks at the Army Community Service building, March. 4.

Many volunteers received awards this day, but the biggest prize was for Katie Sandoval, the former head coach for Yongsan barracudas swimming team.

"It feels really good to be recognized," Sandoval said. "And I feel inspired, with all the support that I received from my coworkers, to find out that my effort has actually made a positive change for the community. So I think that this ceremony is important because it makes people realize how important they are."

Katie Sandoval was nominated for her service as a swim team head coach. During her volunteer work, she donated 210 hours for 14 weeks. Also, Sandoval used taxi service in order to go to her office, at private expense. By showing these kinds of sincerity, Sandoval became an advocate for the swimmers and role model for volunteers.

By awarding people like Sandoval, Army Community Service intends to promote what volunteer work can bring to an individual and the garrison; gaining experience and meeting new people, while enhancing the garrison with hospitality and profession.

"Our total purpose was to let people know that someone is looking at what they are doing for the garrison," said Kimberly Moore, the Army volunteer corps coordinator for Yongsan. "There are a lot of awardees who dedicate their time and effort, and we thought we should be the ones who recognize and appreciate them. In addition, I believe this ceremony motivates the people who are already volunteering, and those who plan to do so."

Volunteers can be recommended for nomination by any member of the Yongsan community, and will be nominated after an evaluation of their position and hours of operation.

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