News: SMP cleans up Flinn Springs County Park
Story by Pfc. Raquel Barraza
EL CAJON, Calif. – The Single Marine Program aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar participated in a community service project at Flinn Springs County Park in El Cajon, Calif., Aug. 23.
Over 120 Marines cleaned park trails, organized a tree nursery and trimmed and planted trees for the park.
“These types of projects help the community look better and see the Marine Corps in a better light,” said Cpl. Nicholas Burkhardt, a volunteer and an intelligence specialist with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 465, from Boise, Idaho.
Every year the SMP holds a conference at a different Marine Corps installation where they host a community service project.
“We do this once a year and Marines love taking charge and giving back,” said Michael Brown, the SMP manager specialist with Headquarters Marine Corps.
One of the SMP goals is to help Marines make a difference by volunteering in the community.
“There have been more than 60,000 hours of community service throughout the Marine Corps last year with this program,” said Brown.
With Marines attending the conference from installations across the country and outside of the United States it shows that Marines are ready to help the community no matter where they are located.
“It’s always good to help out the community; it doesn’t matter whether you are here in the United States or Japan,” said Burkhardt.
The community service project is only one of the events held during the SMP conference but it is one for the Marines to volunteer and give back.
The Marines want to give back and the SMP is a good way for them to do that, added Brown.
After planting trees and cleaning up the park, the Marines felt a sense of accomplishment knowing that they helped not only the environment but the community.