R 111523Z MAR 20
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/USMC WIDE VOLUNTEER DAYS OF SERVICE AND APPRECIATION EVENTS//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Our Nation is unique in its strong legacy of volunteerism. This is amplified even further in our military family, with nearly three-quarters of our military spouses participating in volunteer work on a regular basis. Volunteerism is something Marines value, rely on, and greatly appreciate. Volunteers create a connection to local communities and play a crucial role in building a network that aids in readiness and resiliency for our Marines and their families. Each year, the Marine Corps celebrates volunteerism and the intrinsic desire to give back throughout the month of April. The Volunteer Management Program and the Single Marine Program (SMP) work diligently throughout the year to provide rewarding and community-focused volunteer opportunities. In celebration of these combined efforts, units throughout the Marine Corps will offer volunteer opportunities and volunteer recognition events during the month of April.
2. Commanders and leaders are encouraged to support the sixth annual SMP “Days of Service” events scheduled for Sunday, 19 April 2020 through Saturday, 25 April 2020. All commands are invited to participate, with the emphasis on allowing single Marines and Sailors an opportunity to lead and contribute to the initiative both on and off installation.
3. I also encourage commands to support installation activities and events hosted by the Volunteer Management Program focused on volunteer recognition and appreciation. Installation-wide recognition of volunteers inspires others to serve, benefitting both Marine Corps installations and their supporting communities. For specific information on Volunteer Appreciation Events, contact the Installation Volunteer Coordinator or the Installation SMP Coordinator.
4. Volunteers represent the very best of our nation and our Corps. Donna and I salute the contributions of volunteers and extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to each and every one.
5. Semper Fidelis, David H. Berger, General, U.S. Marine Corps, Commandant of the Marine Corps.//