The Marine Corps is gearing up for National Volunteer Month. During April, units throughout the Marine Corps will host volunteer opportunities and recognition events in their local communities. Volunteering plays an important role in building a network that aids in readiness and resiliency for our Marines and their families.
Commanders and leaders are encouraged to support the eighth annual SMP “Days of Service” events scheduled for Monday, April 18, 2022 through Saturday, April 23, 2022
Days of Service brings together more than 1,700 Marines and Sailors annually to volunteer at installations throughout the Marine Corps, and have the opportunity to lead and contribute both on and off installation.
Throughout April, commands also support installation activities and events hosted by the Marine Corps Community Services Volunteer Program, focusing on volunteer recognition and appreciation. Installation-wide recognition of volunteers inspires others to serve, benefitting both Marine Corps installations and their supporting communities.
Wherever you volunteer, whatever you do, Marine Corps Community Services say THANK YOU for making a difference.
This year's theme is Invest in Our Planet.
Volunteering seems to have an amazing ability to improve the health and well-being of those on the receiving end and have a positive effect on the volunteer. A Journal of Health and Social Behavior study looked at six areas to see if volunteering improved them and volunteering made a positive increase in all six areas.
Volunteering is an excellent way to learn new skills or refresh skills that have not been utilized in an extended period. Volunteers have the amazing benefit of helping others while developing valuable skills within themselves. Skills development is something that volunteers can choose to utilize for future career aspirations or continue to use to enhance their volunteer experience.