SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
Approximately 40 individuals attended the Airman and Family Readiness Center volunteer expo at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, May 18.
The event, coordinated by Ruth Moore, volunteer coordinator with AFRC, hosted 10 non-profit groups and community organizations from across the Front Range looking for individuals willing to step up and serve their community.
“We actively connect military members and organizations to meaningful, fun and interactive volunteer opportunities all around the Colorado Springs area,” she said.
The expo included representatives from Care and Share Food Bank, Court Appointed Special Advocate, Children’s Literacy Center, Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, Cub Scout Pack 808, Ellicott School District, Leadership Pikes Peak, The American Red Cross, Colorado Mounted Rangers and Orbital Harmony in pursuit of a way to serve their community.
“I thought it was a great event to have all options in one area,” said Alexandra Finan, volunteer with the Children’s Literacy Center. “This is amazing for allowing members to match their skills with organizations and have dialogue with prospective groups like mine. I have also found resources I can pass on to my group and other groups.”
According to Moore, volunteer expos can be a great recruitment tool.
“Potential volunteers can browse the booths in a low-key environment, while at the same time local organizations have the opportunity to raise public awareness of their missions,” she said. “It also allows Schriever members, who are considering donating time, a chance to explore the options available on and near Schriever.”
Several of the volunteers were impressed with the attendance and enthusiasm of the installation.
“The base staff and military members attending were engaged, attentive and asked great questions,” said Uriko Stout, volunteer recruitment manager with the Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Pikes Peak Region. “The military not only serve our country but look for ways to connect with their local community as well.”
Moore said the expo gave military members an opportunity to connect with volunteer opportunities that interested them, enhancing their leadership skills and collaboration with the Colorado Springs community.
“Maybe we will look at bigger venues for a larger event while still convenient for Schriever members,” she said. “I believe the expo was successful and I'm looking forward to next year's event.”
For more information on volunteer opportunities with the agencies involved in this year’s expo, contact Moore at 567-3920.