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Tori Evans, volunteer photographer for DFMWR, shoots photos of the disc golf course and the Beaver Lake trail April 5. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Tori Evans, volunteer photographer for DFMWR, shoots photos of the disc golf course and the Beaver Lake trail April 5. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Published: April 7, 2016

FORT RUCKER, Ala. (April 7, 2016) -- Volunteers are often an invaluable resource for Army installations, and that’s no different at Fort Rucker where volunteers donate thousands of hours of their time each year.

That’s why Fort Rucker is recognizing those who give of their time and skills with Volunteer Recognition Week, which runs April 11-16, according to Vernon Johnson, Fort Rucker Army volunteer coordinator. Additionally, the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon ceremony will be held at The Landing April 25 at 11 a.m.

“Volunteers are a valuable asset to the installation,” said Johnson. “As our volunteers offer their helping hands in the community, it brings a greater success story to the Fort Rucker community and the total Army family, and many of Fort Rucker’s volunteers have special skills, which enhance the different community agencies here on Fort Rucker.”

One of those volunteers is Tori Evans, volunteer photographer for the Directorate of Family, and Morale Welfare and Recreation, who offers up her time to photograph different events ranging from 5K runs, festivals and even Freedom Fest in July.

Evans, who is a veteran and military spouse, has been volunteering in the Army since 2005 when she got married, and believes that it not only improves her skills, but also is a way to give back to the community.

“When I got out of the Army, I wasn’t sure what I really wanted to do, and then as my husband started doing his career, I started volunteering as a personal trainer to Soldiers,” she said. “From there, I stumbled into the family readiness group and my daughter’s school, and now to photography. It keeps me busy and I feel like it’s a way to give back.”

“At this point, I also want to get better at what I do (in terms of photography), and volunteering is a great way for me to get experience with that,” she continued. “Even though I don’t get paid for what I do, there is definitely a need for it, and it’s nice to be needed and be able to provide that service for them.”

It’s because of volunteers like Evans that Johnson said the recognition week is necessary.

“This is the installation’s opportunity to show its support and appreciation to our Army Volunteer Corps personnel for the wonderful contributions they have made,” said the Army volunteer coordinator. “Volunteers are able to serve in various positions ranging from FRG leaders; child, youth and school services coaches; Army Volunteer Corps managers; Army Family Action Plan managers; special events volunteers; graphic designer; record training clerk; historians; museum assistants and many other positions.

The installation will formally recognize volunteers who are registered in the Volunteer Management Information System and have more than 100 hours of volunteer service in calendar year 2015, said Johnson, adding that volunteers will be recognized in six categories: lifetime achievement, helping hands, adult, youth, family and Soldier.

Anyone interested in volunteering should call 255-1429.

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