Yongsan hails volunteers, quarterly winner
Yongsan, REPUBLIC OF KOREA -- U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan honored its volunteers and named the top volunteer for April-June quarter, at the Army Community Services building, June 11.
"We are here today to recognize the people who deserve it," said Henry Stuart, deputy commander of U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan. "Efforts of volunteers worth 75,000 dollars have been put into this garrison this quarter and it is evident those people are a crucial part of our community."
Twelve community members were recognized this day, but of all the nominees, 1st Sgt. Matt Ruan was selected as volunteer of the quarter. Ruan has volunteered for various organizations including Namsan orphanage, Bap-Puh soup kitchen and others totaling more than 400 hours. Ruan received a parking pass, gift bag, and certificate.
"I have been motivated to do the right thing regardless of being recognized or not," Ruan said. "However, receiving this award makes me proud and inspired, because finding out that my effort has actually made positive changes among the community is always a good thing."
As Ruan said, the recognition ceremony inspires volunteers around the garrison by letting them know their actions have positive influence for everyone. Army Community Service also promotes what volunteer work can bring to the community. Experiencing new carrer and working environments, meeting new people, and contributing to the support of others are all examples of what volunteer work can bring to an individual and the community.
Volunteers can be recommended and nominated by any member of the community, and will be recognized each quarter after an evaluation is done by Army Community Services and Volunteer Corps.