R 281729Z MAR 22
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/NATIONAL VOLUNTEER MONTH//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. Our Nation has a strong legacy of volunteerism. This legacy is amplified by our military family, where more than 27,000 Marines, spouses, family members, and civilians volunteered in the last year alone. In fact, nearly three-quarters of our military spouses participate in volunteer work on a regular basis. Volunteers connect with our local communities and play an important role in building networks that aid readiness and resiliency for our Marines and their families. The Volunteer Management Program (VMP) and the Single Marine Program (SMP) provide rewarding and community-focused volunteer opportunities. During the month of April, units throughout the Marine Corps will host volunteer opportunities and recognition events.
2. Commanders and leaders are encouraged to support the eighth annual SMP “Days of Service” events scheduled for Monday, 18 April 2022 through Saturday, 23 April 2022. All commands are invited to participate, with emphasis on giving single Marines and Sailors opportunities to lead and contribute to initiatives both on and off installation.
3. I also encourage commands to support installation activities and events hosted by the VMP that focus on volunteer recognition and appreciation. Installation-wide recognition of volunteers inspires others to serve, benefiting 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.//