As a military spouse it is often difficult to find a new career when moving from duty station to duty station but the good news is that volunteer opportunities while waiting are abundant.
Volunteer work looks great on your resume and contributes to the greater good of your military community. According to Kate Montermoso of Idealist.org, “Volunteer work, whether in addition to a current job or an activity in between jobs, shows an employer that you are willing to try new experiences, be involved in your community and generally demonstrates a willingness to take initiative and make things happen.”
You may not be compensated for this work that you will do but you are sure to gain valuable skills, education, relationships, and possibly open doors for employment at the location in which you volunteer.
Volunteer ideas near you include:
- Fleet & Family Support Center (FFSC) or Army Community Center (ACS) – Visit the center on your installation and talk to them about your passions and learn how you can work together to support military families in your community through your volunteer work.
- Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) – The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society plays a huge part in the community. Find out today how you can help and you may be eligible for assistance with child- and dependent-care and mileage expenses.
- Base Thrift Shop – Some installations have a thrift shop either sponsored by NMCRS or independently sponsored on the base. Typically they are run by volunteers. One perk is that you get first dibs on the cool donations that arrive especially during PCS season!
- Red Cross – Your local Red Cross is likely to need volunteers! The Red Cross does more than blood drives and may need your support during emergencies or daily activities.
- USO – Many installations have a USO on them or nearby. Your time is a huge benefit to your direct military community!
- Command Volunteer – From Ombudsman to Family Readiness Officers and FRG leaders, there is always a need for command spouse involvement. Ask your spouse how you can find out about your command programs and needs and jump right in! I promise you will build amazing friendships, camaraderie, and find the support we all need in this crazy military life!
- Food Donations – Do you love to cook/bake? There are always single service members, night shift workers, or other personnel that would love a home cooked meal or baked goods. The gate guards love those sweet treats and tokens of appreciation for all they do to keep our communities safe!
- Uniform Help – If you love to sew, consider helping by donating your time to sew uniform patches/rank/insignia for junior enlisted service members. Those can add up quickly at the base shops!
- Virtual Support – Organizations like Military Spouse Advocacy Network, National Military Family Association, Hire Heroes USA, or Operation Gratitude to name a few!
Tell us about your favorite volunteer opportunities!
Written by: Melissa Nauss, Owner & Doula