In our ongoing series of Volunteer Recognition, I thought it would be insightful to ask Tricia, our Military Program National Volunteer Program Manager, a few questions before she shares her thanks to all her great volunteers. It is important to note that all of our programs, including the Transitions Program and Grandparents Program, are supported by volunteers.
News Chief: Tricia, what drew you to United Through Reading?
Tricia: I knew a previous employee and liked hearing about the different facets of the position, particularly the military aspect, given my four years of service in the United States Air Force.
NC: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Tricia: Hearing the impact of our program and the benefit to military families. It is wonderful! Working with our volunteers, attending events and meeting beneficiaries there, all work together to make my job so rewarding.
NC: Tell us a bit about your own family’s use of United Through Reading’s Military Program.
Tricia: My own family has utilized United Through Reading. My niece is in the U.S. Army. She made many DVDs for her daughter when she was stationed in Iraq for nine months. Her daughter was only four years old when she was deployed. My nieces daughter’s face used to light up as soon as she would put in a United Through Reading DVD sent by her Mommy. Their reunion was seamless, not uncomfortable in anyway. I have four other family members in four branches of the service as well, so the possibility of future use of the program is pretty certain.
NC: Could you estimate how many Volunteers you have trained in your time with United Through Reading?
Tricia: Over the past 4 ½ years, I have worked with 103 Military Program volunteers. I am currently working with 23 active volunteers of which are all in CONUS and Hawaii locations, although I have had volunteers in Japan!
NC: Tricia, you have many aspects of your job you obviously enjoy, but what is the most fun?
Tricia: Meeting amazing military men and women who already have such full and busy lives yet they volunteer from their passion for the program and their desire to spread the word to other families.
NC: If you had one thing you could say to all your Military Program volunteers right now, what would that be?
Tricia: Our Military Program volunteers deserve gratitude and applause for the selfless gift they give. Their time, energy, skills and talents are generously lent — again and again — are priceless! Their efforts and dedication help make our organization better, our military communities stronger, and our world brighter. Thank you!