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MAG-31 Marines lend helping hand

By Sgt. John Wilkes | | October 3, 2014

Approximately 15 Marines with Marine Aircraft Group 31 took part in a community service event, Sept. 27.
The Marines provided assistance to a local non-profit organization that works to provide clothes, food, financial assistance and furniture to people in need from the Beaufort area.
“Volunteering makes a community stronger,” said Staff Sgt. Mark Day, who coordinated the event. “As Marines, we are a part of the Beaufort community; we live here and eat here just like everyone else.”
Service members helped sort and organize food and clothes, mow grass, remove trees and get rid of garbage.
“It was such a blessing to have the Marines come out and help,” said Steve Curless, the president of HELP of Beaufort. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen as much initiative as I have today.”
The event gave service members a chance to give back to the community, network, and gain valuable volunteer experience.
Volunteer opportunities help service members obtain experience in different job fields. Many volunteer organizations write letters of appreciation or recommendation for Marines that volunteer with them.
“By volunteering the Marines have an opportunity to not only give back to others, but thank them for their continued support for the Tri-Command,” said Lisa Montanez, the family readiness officer for H&HS. “This opportunity can open many doors for the service members and can provide them with the knowledge and experience to continue their success outside of the military.”