BREMERTON, Wash. (NNS) -- Sailors from the USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) gathered at the Kitsap County Salvation Army in Bremerton to lend a helping hand during the United Way "Day of Caring" program June 20.
The "Day of Caring" was established in 1992 by the United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area to promote the spirit and value of volunteerism, increase the awareness of local human service agencies and schools, and demonstrate what people working together for the community's good can accomplish.
"We are overwhelmed by the response that we have had to this year's event," said Dave Foote, executive director of United Way Kitsap County. "We had more than 600 volunteers sign up at more than 40 project sites. These numbers speak to the generous spirit of our community and we are truly grateful."
"We want the community to know we support them," said Chief Culinary Specialist (SS) Randy Webb. "They know we are there for them. There are lots of people out there that are in need, so we are more than willing to come out and do this kind of stuff."
The Sailors mustered and went to the Kitsap County Fairgrounds Pavilion to receive their working assignment for the day.
"I am here to lend a helping hand any way I can," said Sonar Technician Submarine 3rd Class (SS) Jason Jacquard. "I wanted to give back, show support to the community and interact with people who are less fortunate."
Once the Jackson Sailors had their "Day of Caring" T-shirts and a job to do, they were off to the Salvation Army to help clean up and repaint parking lot lines.
"There are other commands out here helping, too," said Webb. "USS Nevada (SSBN 733) and Strategic Weapons Facility Pacific were out here too."
With approximately 633 volunteers, 200 of which were Sailors from various commands, they were able to do more than $70,000 worth of work in the community for the 14th annual Kitsap County "Day of Caring."
"I'm here to give back to the community I live in," said Storekeeper 2nd Class (SS) Bryan Tyner. "I live in Bremerton and this place needs a lot of work. If I can assist in anyway possible, I will."
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