By Melissa WetherbeeFebruary 28, 2012
YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - Patti Worley, Yongsan's Volunteer of the 4th Quarter, knows firsthand the impact one person can have on the Community.
Her dedication and commitment as USAG Yongsan Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) Volunteer Program Manager (VPM) was instrumental in the success of the yearly conference, which affects both the Garrison and Army Community.
Worley's volunteer experience began in 2007 as part of the Family Readiness Group in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In 2008, she was introduced to volunteering as an AFAP Delegate at Fort Sill.
Worley continued her interest in volunteering at Yongsan. "When I arrived in Korea, I went to the ACS building and I found myself part of the USAG Yongsan AFAP Conference Planning Team. It is here that I realized my passion for the AFAP program."
"AFAP is a process. You can be a part of something that can improve the quality of life for the members in your Community and even the entire Army Family. It is that exciting!" explained Worley.
On winning the Volunteer of the Quarter, Worley remarked, "I honestly was not expecting to win, so my feeling was definitely shock! There were so many other volunteers up for the title that I was humbled."
Being a volunteer allowed Worley to give back to the Community while learning valuable skills useful at future duty stations.
Worley noted, "Volunteering for this program has taught me how to deal with team dynamics, plan events, manage deadlines and work within the protocol. All these are assets that any employer seeks for their organization. It is valuable experience!"
Looking back on the experience, Worley says, "As our time here in Korea is coming to a close, I had to leave my position as VPM for USAG Yongsan AFAP. The ACS here in Yongsan is the best that I have seen and had the pleasure to work with. They have a great team working for our Community and they are in need of volunteers to help run the various programs within it."
The Army Family Action Plan Conference will be held October 3-5. For more information or to learn how to become a volunteer, please call 738-3617. To learn how to become a volunteer at USAG Yongsan, please visit the ACS building or call 738-7505.