scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Fwd: Community service possibilities
Settummanque, the blackeagle ((MAJ) Mike L. Walton) (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Tue Aug 15 2000 - 22:47:30 CDT
>From: "Settummanque MAJ Mike Walton" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
>Subject: Fwd: Community service possibilities
>Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2000 12:37:33 GMT
>X-OriginalArrivalTime: 15 Aug 2000 12:37:33.0508 (UTC)
I get gems like the following forwarded to me in hopes that I will be able
to forward them onward to those whom have an interest. I hope you will see
that your Army Reserve is wanting to work with community-based youth
programs on activities and events which will meet their training objectives
as well as provide value-added services and support to youth programs and
youth movements, whether large or small. Some of Troy's posting does not
directly pertain to us volunteers and professionals and I've deleted them;
however most of what he says is of great value.
To contact an Army Reserve unit or command, simply look in the phone book
under "US Government - United States Army Reserve (and I am sure that the
same things can be said about the Guard in each state, the Naval and Air
Reserves, the Coast Guard Reserve, and the Marine Reserve).
Thanks, Troy, for forwarding this to me!
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Are your units active members of their communities?
>>We "sell" ourselves as being hometown heroes, active members of communities,
>>and neighbors caring for neighbors. Community service is one of the ways we
>>do that--along with others like disaster recovery and participation as
>>The tricks to making community service work for the Army Reserve are to find
>>missions that fit with training goals, to ensure that ample positive
>>publicity is generated for units, and to ensure the service has some end
>>goal that will benefit both the Army Reserve and the community. Engineers
>>that build ball fields, MPs that teach bicycle safety and medical
>>professionals that provide first aid at community events are just a few
>>examples of soldiers that are using their skills productively while helping
>>The opportunities to interact with communities are virtually endless (and I
>>don't pretend to know all the legal restrictions--but I am sure your local
>>JAG does). If your local Army Reserve units are looking for some worthwhile
>>community service-type projects, here are some ideas.
>>1. Finance units. The IRS needs volunteers to help do tax forms through a
>>program called VITA. Volunteers provide the training and software. The
>>volunteers then help the elderly, those with disabilities, and
>>low-to-limited income individuals complete their tax forms. The mission is
>>from January to April 15...and the commitment is only a few hours a week.
>>The volunteers are no liable for any incorrect information or
>>miscalculations. For more information, call the Taxpayer Education
>>Coordinator at 1-800-829-1040.
>>2. MP and Quartermaster units. Boy Scouts may have their national
>>jamborees at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia, but did you know that Girl Scouts
>>have similar smaller-scale events around the country. These events need
>>ROWPU-support, security and a variety of other services. The Girl Scout
>>leaders are also eager to have soldiers teach "skill classes". The Girl
>>Scouts of today may still have the option to learn to cook, but they also
>>want to learn computer skills, self-defense, foreign languages, survival
>>skills, physical fitness and more. Contact your local Girl Scout troop for
>>information about upcoming local regional gatherings.
>>3. Any kind of unit, but especially engineer units. Want to teach common
>>soldier and survival skills to inner city youth? The Bureau of Land
>>Management has a program called WOW--Wonderful Outdoor World--that
>>introduces inner-city youth to the fun and wonders of outdoor recreation.
>>The kids spend a weekend in the great outdoors and learn community values,
>>teamwork, outdoor skills, and respect for the outdoors. Sounds a lot like
>>the things we want soldiers to learn. Not every future soldier joins JROTC.
>>Some of them might get involved with programs like this. For more
>>information about this program call the Bureau of Land Management in
>>Springfield, VA, at 703-440-1745 or 1738.
>>These were just three of the organizations that approached me at the recent
>>National Urban League convention in New York City asking for Army Reserve
>>support. I hope it gets you and your units thinking about unique and fun
>>ways to add community service to the units in your command.
>>SFC Troy Falardeau
>>OCAR Public Affairs & Liaison Directorate
Working alongside an Army Reserve unit will give Scouts and Scouters an
added appreciation for the work that these people do twice -- as citizens
of this nation and their communities, and as soldiers or leaders of our
Army. Try it...
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
Crystal City, VA