Fort Riley recognizes volunteers in ceremony
Faythe DeMaroney, right, volunteer, and Crystal Tinkey, left, programs manager, USO Fort Riley, pose for a picture following DeMaroney’s award July 30 during the Volunteer of the Quarter ceremony at Riley’s Conference Center. Photo by: Jessica Healey, POST.
Story by: Jessica Healey
1ST INF. DIV. POST
Volunteers at Fort Riley were honored during a ceremony July 30 at Riley's Conference Center.
A total of 83 volunteers received awards for Volunteer of the Quarter during the ceremony.
Several Soldiers who were honored at the ceremony received not only Volunteer of the Quarter awards but also the Military Outstanding Service Medal.
A grand total of 9,000 hours were volunteered during the second quarter of this year. In 2012, Fort Riley volunteers gave 200,000 hours of volunteer time, which is equivalent to more than $4 million worth of work. Comparatively, in 2010, volunteer hours totaled 140,000 hours.
Awardees were honored for a variety of accomplishments. Several Soldiers were awarded for volunteering hours as designated drivers to keep fellow Soldiers safe. Some Soldiers gave supplies and time to the victims of the tornado in Moore, Okla. There were tutors, mentors and Family readiness group leaders among the honorees. A coach for the women's rugby team at Kansas State University was included. She helped demonstrate that Fort Riley's volunteers reach beyond the post gates and into the local communities, said Col. Frank Muth, deputy commanding officer for support, 1st Infantry Division.
One volunteer, Faythe DeMaroney, who volunteers with the USO Fort Riley seemed to exemplify the kind of selfless service volunteers are so well known for. She attempted to talk everyone out of giving her any award and said she doesn't really do anything at the USO but show up and let kids play with her wheelchair.
Others told a different story, though.
"She is the heart of the center," said Crystal Tinkey, programs manager, USO Fort Riley.
DeMaroney has been a volunteer with the USO since July 16, 2011, and, since then, has volunteered more than 3,800 hours of service.
She said she simply has fun.
"Faythe has all the answers; she is the right hand of the staff at the USO," Tinkey said.
Faythe assists with the United Through Reading program; she trains volunteers and helps with inventory, Tinkey added.
To learn about volunteer opportunities at Fort Riley, contact Army Community Service at 785-239-9435 and ask about volunteering.