Vinson Sailors Help Revitalize Norfolk Health Center

Story Number: NNS080718-01Release Date: 7/18/2008 6:16:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Maja Dyson, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- More than 100 USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Sailors volunteered to revitalize a local assisted-living center in Norfolk July 10-11.

Crew members volunteered at Norfolk's Ruxton Health Center, mulching, landscaping and painting areas in need of repairs and refurbishment.

"We have been working this project with Carl Vinson for about a month now, and it turned out to be very successful," said Sylvia Silver, an activity director for the center. "The crew was very respectful to all our staff and residents. They completed the projects given to them, as well as went above and beyond helping us out in our mission."

Information Systems Technician 2nd Class (SW/AW) Latrece Mallory led a group of six Carl Vinson Sailors who painted five resident suites.

"It was wonderful to show the elderly that we support them," said Mallory. "I was encouraged to come out and participate in this [community relations project]. I have had relatives who were in nursing homes who enjoyed these kinds of visits because it showed that people really care."

For some crew members like Electrician's Mate 2nd Class (SW) Stephen Montgomery, a member of the aircraft carrier's safety department, the volunteer opportunity was a first-time experience.

"The building needed a lot of attention, and we helped guide the repairs in the right direction," said Montgomery. "I had a lot of fun and would definitely encourage Sailors on board to participate in upcoming COMREL projects."

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