R 281930Z MAR 19
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/USMC WIDE VOLUNTEER DAYS OF SERVICE AND APPRECIATION EVENTS//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Volunteerism strengthens the Marine Corps community's ability to serve on a greater scale. It is a representation of the continued mission to do something larger than ourselves. Volunteering in the community also enhances the ability to serve those we are leading, and makes us all better leaders and mentors.
2. Since the inception of “National Volunteer Week” in 1974, volunteerism and the intrinsic desire to give back has seen continuous growth culminating in a celebration of all volunteers throughout the month of April. National Volunteer Appreciation Month is the time of year the Marine Corps uses to recognize those who have shown selfless volunteer service, as well the opportunity we take to invite others to become engaged and more familiar with the benefits of volunteering. The Single Marine Program (SMP) and the Volunteer Management Program work diligently throughout the year to provide rewarding and community focused volunteer opportunities to everyone interested in volunteering. In celebration of these combined efforts, there will be volunteer opportunities and volunteer recognition events across the Marine Corps. The rich legacy of exceptional service that embodies the Corps will be on full display.
3. Commanders and leaders are encouraged to support the fifth annual SMP “Days of Service” events scheduled for 22-28 April 2019. All commands are invited to participate with the emphasis on allowing single Marines and Sailors the opportunity to lead and contribute to this initiative both on and off installation.
4. The continued command support of installation activities and events designated for volunteer recognition and appreciation that will be held throughout the month is also requested. Installation-wide recognition of volunteers inspires others to serve, benefitting both Marine Corps installations and their supporting communities.
5. The month's activities provide the perfect opportunity to promote the Marine Corps' active support of the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal and the President's Volunteer Service Award programs.
6. When thinking of selfless service to our nation, the Marine Corps has much to be proud of. Volunteers represent the very best of us and D'Arcy and I are proud to say, “Thank You” to each and every one. For specific information, contact the Installation Volunteer Coordinator or SMP Coordinator.
7. Semper Fidelis, Robert B. Neller, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//