volunteeringMiyuki Gray | MCFTB Trainer & Nik Dangerfield | Ombudsman Coordinator
Why get involved?You often hear that an air station acts as it’s own city, and MCAS Iwakuni is certainly no exception. Volunteering allows the air station to function at its utmost best. So what would happen without our volunteers?
For one, we would lose a major monetary cut in labor. In 2016, over 1,800 volunteers across the station donated over 50,600 hours of their time, equaling a monetary value of over $367,000. In 2017, 1,090 SMP volunteer instances totaled 7,445 hours, a monetary value of $53,708. A cut in these saved funds would mean a cut in the many events and services we all enjoy.
Secondly, a number of events that bolster moral, improve well-being, and make this air station feel like home would simply be impossible to organize without volunteers.
Here is just a sample of the many events made possible by dedicated volunteers:
Grow Personally & Professionally
Find A Sense of Purpose
Being an active-duty Marine,
- LCPL BRIEANNA-LYN MCKEAGE
No matter what your talents are,or where your interests lie, we have an opportunity for you to share that with the community.
Feel Good About What You Do
SMP Volunteer Hours Over the Years
2013: 100 volunteer instances, 778 hours
2014: 102 volunteer instances, 945 hours
2015: 451 volunteer instances, 4,462 hours
2016: 932 volunteer instances, 6,828 hours
2017: 1,090 volunteer instances, 7,445 hours
Good at sports? Youth Sports is always looking for coaches for their teams and Semper Fit offers fitness events throughout the year.
Does humanitarian work sound more like your cup of tea? Organizations like the American Red Cross rely heavily on volunteers to assist with briefings, social media management, and youth leadership.
Perhaps you want to get off the installation and help out in the local community. The Single Marine Program (SMP) hosts monthly volunteer opportunities including beach and river clean-ups, children’s home visits, school visits, and more.
Interested in big ticket events? MCCS Special Events relies heavily on volunteers to help put on annual traditional events, high-profile concerts, and Friendship Day.
Ready to get started?
To keep up to date with all of the volunteer opportunities around the installation, register in the volunteer database by going to mccsiwakuni.com/volunteer. The process takes five minutes and you can select the kinds of programs you are interested in. Marine Corps Family Team Building also offers Passport to Volunteering, a workshop centered around volunteering on the installation. This workshop gives an overview of opportunities available, how to track volunteer hours, and how to get the most out of your volunteer experience. So make 2018 the year you get out and give back by volunteering!