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    Rock Island Arsenal hosts Volunteer Recognition Ceremony during National Volunteer Appreciation Week

    Rock Island Arsenal hosts Volunteer Recognition Ceremony during National Volunteer Appreciation Week

    Photo By Mark Kane | Chassity Morse, Army volunteer corps coordinator, U.S. Army Garrison Rock Island...... read more read more



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    U.S. Army Garrison Rock Island Arsenal

    ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Illinois (April 20, 2021) – On April 20 at Memorial Park Pavilion Col. Todd J. Allison, commander, U.S. Army Garrison Rock Island Arsenal, thanked volunteers for their commitment and dedication to the community at a recognition ceremony. The event, harkening back to a drive-in theater, gave the volunteers and their guests the opportunity to listen to remarks by garrison leadership and the army volunteer coordinator through their car radios.

    Volunteers and guests streamed into the parking lot, where they were greeted with goodie bags filled with thanks and treats. The garrison’s Army volunteer corps coordinator, Chassity Morse, noted, "Many of our volunteers do not support our activities for personal glory, instead they volunteer because they want to make a difference in our community, the quality of our programs, and to help increase our ability to serve."

    Command Sgt. Maj. Major Tisa Scott, command sergeant major, U.S. Army Garrison Rock Island Arsenal, gave a personal thanks to volunteers for being "our mission's number one supporter" and highlighted that – even with limited opportunities over the past year – we are truly grateful to those volunteers who were able to find a way to contribute remotely.

    Allison took pleasure in awarding each volunteer with a certificate of appreciation for their service, with special thanks to those volunteers that stood out over the past year. He commended Dawn Szabo for her support of Army Community Service in a telework environment, emphasizing her excellent work ethic and how important her work was in ensuring the community knew they had support from Army Community Service.

    Allison emphasized the work of Toys for Tots volunteers, Shannah Gomez, Tyne Jett, and Fred Davenport, noting that this year’s toy drive was especially challenging with additional restrictions and an increased community need. He also honored Welcome Club and Arsenal Attic Thrift Shop volunteers Deb VanQuathum, Laura Smith, Sylvia Wright, Chelle James, and Diane Campbell for successfully conducting fund raising activities in a time when most activities have been curtailed. Their work has allowed and resulted in community grants being awarded.

    The ceremony, filled with messages of gratitude and hope for future, conveyed a small piece if thanks from the Rock Island Arsenal to their volunteers.

    Morse said, “We look forward to increasing volunteer engagement with the return of activities that volunteers can support.”



    Date Taken: 04.20.2021
    Date Posted: 04.28.2021 18:47
    Story ID: 395068

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