Un-'CoRC' your volunteer potential
By Senior Airman Torey Griffith, 11th Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 09, 2011
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- Servicemembers volunteer their time for many reasons. Some have an upcoming evaluation, others are volun-told by their supervisors, and others feel a real need to make the world around them a better place.
No matter what the reason, Joint Base Andrews has a one-stop shop for volunteer opportunities called the Culture for Responsible Choices.
"We are a program for everyone on base, from every service, spouses and even kids," said 1st lt. Shana Drahn-Hoffman, 89th mission intelligence officer and head of the CoRC here. "While it is mainly focused toward first-term servicemembers, we gladly welcome everybody to participate."
The coalition is a requirement for all military installations as a tool for commanders to not only build positive relationships with the community, but to provide young servicemembers an outlet for their free time that has a positive impact on the world around them.
According to Lieutenant Drahn-Hoffman, the younger servicemembers are the force behind the CoRC.
"At all the events we participate in, the volunteers are usually more than 60 percent airmen," she said. "They are always positive and full of energy and very motivating."
1st Lt. Raymond Hoffman, 844th Communications Group executive officer and member of the CoRC, said the repeat volunteers are developing a real passion for the causes they support rather than simply attaining their performance report bullets.
"We are seeing a real sense of community developing with the CoRC members," Lieutenant Hoffman said. "That is one of the goals of the organization."
Some of the more prominent projects tackled by the CoRC include setting up the Easter Egg Roll at the White House, Greeting WWII veterans attending the National Honor Flight at the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C.
"If you think about the opportunity to interact with the WWII veterans, while they are still around, it's phenomenal," Lieutenant Drahn-hoffman said.
For more information, email CoRC at CoRC.JBA@afncr.af.mil.