Story and photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Marissa Beasley, FLEACT, Yokosuka, Public Affairs
Navy Marine Corp Relief Society (NMCRS) held an appreciation luncheon at Club Alliance on board Fleet Activities, Yokosuka, to honor volunteers for their work and dedication Jan. 24.
The luncheon began with a speech given by NMCRS Director Sandra Adams.
“We are a volunteer centric organization everything happens with and through our volunteers. In Yokosuka volunteers helped sailors, marines, and their family members with over $532,000 of assistance. Our in-office and active duty shipboard volunteers assisted our clients with needs like emergency travel, temporary lodging, auto repairs and so many unexpected expenses.”
The NMCRS provides financial assistance and education, as well as other programs and services to members of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, their eligible family members, widows and survivors.
The NMCRS started as a way to support to widows and orphans of service members during World War I, according to the Society’s website. The initial proceeds came from the 1903 Army-Navy Football Game and the NMCRS gave $9,500 to widows and families of enlisted men in its first year.
Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Japan, Commander, Navy Region Japan Rear Adm. Terry B. Kraft was the guest speaker for the event.
“It is a pleasure to be here today and to recognize hard work and dedication of our Navy- Marine Corps Relief Society Volunteers; Those who have given so much time and effort to help others in our Yokosuka and Japan Navy- Marine Corps community.”
Kraft also assisted in the distribution of awards to several of the volunteers that dedicated many hours to aide sailors, marines, and their families throughout the area.
“We in the naval community are justly proud of the claim that we take care of our own. The Navy- Marine Corps Relief Society helps us to do just that. It’s charter assigns it the duties of improving the lot of those in need; of providing educational opportunities for those who seek them; of furnishing relief for those among us who are enduring difficult times. While the mission remains the same NMCRS continues to find new and innovative ways to take care of sailors and their families,” said Kraft.
Upon completion of the ceremony members in attendance had an opportunity to reflect on the awards they received.
“This is a really good way of showing the volunteers than NMCRS values their volunteers,” said Maghan Settes. “As a volunteer it feels nice to be appreciated for your service, I have never worked for an organization treats its volunteers so well.”