Making a Difference :: Fort Drum
More than a dozen members of the Fort Drum community spent part of their Friday afternoon volunteering to help clean up the Veterans’ Memorial Riverwalk in Watertown. Dani Reed, Fort Drum Army Volunteer Corps program manager, said the project was inspired by the City of Watertown’s Adopt-A-Spot program which encourages people to take an active role in their community through beautification efforts. . (Photo by Mike Strasser, Fort Drum Garrison Public Affairs)
Fort Drum Army Volunteer Corps organizes
cleanup crew at Veterans’ Memorial Riverwalk
Fort Drum Garrison Public Affairs
FORT DRUM, NY (August 23, 2022) – More than a dozen members of the Fort Drum community spent part of their August 19 afternoon helping clean up trash and debris along the Veterans’ Memorial Riverwalk in Watertown.
The project was organized by the Fort Drum Soldier and Family Readiness Division. Dani Reed, Fort Drum Army Volunteer Corps program manager, said the project was inspired by the City of Watertown’s Adopt-A-Spot program which encourages people to take an active role in their community through beautification efforts. .
“We thought we would do a lot more group activities for volunteers to build teamwork and have a positive presence in the community,” she said. “I saw on the news that there was a new Adopt-A-Spot program in Watertown, and we started thinking about places we could help.”
Reed said cleaning up a site that honors veterans seemed appropriate for the Fort Drum group of soldiers and their family members.
“It’s an opportunity to help the local community while taking care of our own,” she said. “It’s a beautiful place, so let’s keep it beautiful.”
The Veterans’ Memorial Riverwalk is located off the Black River on Newell Street and includes a small pavilion and picnic tables, park benches and an observation deck.
sergeant. Nicholas Hall, an Army Volunteer Corps intern through the Army Career Skills Program, said he saw how volunteering had a positive effect on soldiers.
“I’ve lived in the barracks for three years and I’ve always seen soldiers who stay inside and never go out into the community and do things,” he said. “From my perspective with the Army Volunteer Corps, there are so many opportunities to get involved in the community. Ultimately, my mission is to let soldiers know that they can make a difference and effect meaningful change, beyond what they do for the military.
Hall said it’s easier to find new soldiers willing to commit to selfless projects, but he also understands that not everyone is willing to give freely of their time.
“People deserve to relax and enjoy their free time,” he said. “I am a former infantryman and I know that time is important for soldiers. But when you think about what’s happening here today, you’re in this beautiful place of community, meeting people and engaging with them – that’s rewarding in itself. Volunteering is not a burden, it is a positive outlet.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Fort Drum, call the Army Volunteer Corps office at (315) 772-2899 or visit www.facebook.com/FortDrumArmyVolunteerCorps.
Community members can also attend the Super Sign Up Volunteer Fair, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 21, at the Family Resource Center, Bldg. 11042 on boulevard du Mont Belvédère.