By Cpl. Lee Min-hwi USAG-Yongsan Public AffairsOctober 22, 2008
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - Garrison officials honored volunteers and named the top two volunteers for the July-September quarter in a ceremony Oct. 15, at the Community Services Building.
Alphonso Mills and Anne Lewis received the nod as the top youth and adult volunteers, respectively. The Garrison selected the two volunteers of the quarter from among 30 adult and three youth volunteer nominees.
"The garrison could not operate without these volunteers," said Don Moses, USAG-Yongsan deputy commander, during the recognition ceremony. "This is our chance to say thank you . because you are not only helping the Garrison, but also for your neighbors."
The theme of this quarter's recognition ceremony was "Volunteers . Always Caring . Always Sharing."
"Sometimes someone should step up and help out," Lewis said. "I am very humbled to be selected as a volunteer of the quarter."
During the past quarter, Lewis volunteered nearly 180 hours, much of her hours focused on one of the largest family readiness groups in Korea with the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment at K-16 Air Base. Lewis makes sure there is a communication flow to all K-16 Air Base Soldiers and Family Members.
Lewis also volunteered as the Seoul American Middle School Parents and Teachers Organization vice president. She helped organize various school events like Teacher's Welcome Back Breakfast and sweater sale for kids and assisted signing up for membership.
Lewis was also a Seoul Baseball Club supporter. She ordered uniforms, informed students of upcoming games, prepared equipments and raised funds for traveling.
Lewis said she could have not done this by herself. "I want to make people feel free to ask anything if that concerns their family," she said.
Mills, the youth volunteer, volunteered nearly 60 hours for community events during the past quarter. He helped organize, plan and lead the annual "See You at the Pole" event. During the 2008 Exceptional Family Member Fun Jamboree, he helped with the puppet shows, face-painting and serving food.
Mills is also a member of court team ministry in Club Beyond and provided youth input and supported different activities that youth are interested in.
"Volunteering is fun to me," Mills said. "The award is awesome, but I just would give back to the other people who volunteered and don't get recognized as well. Those people would work so hard for other people without requesting any recognition. This award is not just for me, but for all those volunteered."
"Anything we do in our Army community heavily relies on these volunteers," said Lisa Willadsen, USAG-Yongsan Army Volunteer Corps coordinator. "One reason is for recognition, but more than that, the Army records every volunteer hour, and the Garrison that has more volunteer hours will get more services back from the Army. By registering, you can help us help our families."
The Garrison is always seeking volunteers. For information, call 738-7510.