USO Centers Around the Globe Celebrate National Volunteer Week

As National Volunteer Week comes to a close, here’s a look at a few of the scores of celebrations held at  centers around the world. The USO’s 27,000-plus volunteers  donated more than 1.375 million hours last year in service to America’s troops and their families..

USO Fort Hood

USO Fort Hood Programs Manager Isabel Hubbard, left, USO volunteer Frank Wright and USO Fort Hood Story Time Coordinator Andrea McDonald attend Wednesday's event. USO photo

USO Fort Hood Programs Manager Isabel Hubbard, left, USO volunteer Frank Wright and USO Fort Hood Story Time Coordinator Andrea McDonald attend Wednesday’s event. USO photo

USO Fort Hood held a luncheon Wednesday to honor its volunteers who logged a total of more than 22,000 hours last year.

“I’m really proud to stand here and see how many amazing people answer the call,” USO Fort Hood Director Robin Crouse told the Killeen (Texas) Daily Herald, which covered the event.

Read more about the event in the Herald’s story.

USO Forward Operating Base Fenty

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USO Forward Operating Base Fenty volunteers share a joke – and a cupcake – during National Volunteer Week. USO photo

The USO at Forward Operating Base Fenty in Afghanistan showed its appreciation to volunteers – almost all of whom are troops themselves – with some baked goods. They posted photos of the volunteers earlier this week.

“Thanks to all the great volunteers at Fenty for all you do for your fellow soldiers!” USO Senior Vice President of Operations Alan Reyes wrote in a Facebook comment about the celebration.

USO Houston

USO centers know how to get creative. To celebrate National Volunteer Week, the staff at USO Houston put together a JibJab breakdance video.

USO Houston had 248 volunteers donate 20,056 hours to their center last year.

USO San Antonio

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USO San Antonio volunteers pose at Wednesday’s USO Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at the USO’s airport center. USO photo

USO San Antonio held a USO Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast at their airport facility on Wednesday morning.

“We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, ‘We couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers,’” the staff wrote on its Facebook page.

–Story by USO Story Development

Photos from the Field – October 2010

Periodically, we’re bringing you the best in USO photography from around the world.  Enjoy this latest installment of our photo essays!

(P.S. – if you know any of the photographers of images that don’t credit one, please let us know!)

A young man waits on the pier for the arrival of his father. USS MCCAMPBELL (DDG 85) was deployed for nearly 90 days. (USO photo by Jason Rouse)

At USO Fort Drum's recent Boogie With Your Boots On, the "bull" takes a rest in between riders. (Photo courtesy USO Fort Drum Facebook page)

Wounded warrior Joel Tavares (left) and his dad, Jose (right), joined USO San Antonio Center Director Shari Jenson (center) at the downtown USO. The staff had this to say: "What an honor!!" (Photo courtesy of USO San Antonio Facebook page)

"When they are called, We are there," by Cindy Testerink. This original was auctioned off at the 2010 USO of North Carolina gala, but was donated back to the RDU center and will hang proudly on its walls. (Photo courtesy USO-N.C. Facebook page)

Renovation and Expansion for USO San Antonio

The USO Center at the San Antonio International Airport has recently completely a renovation and expansion process!  At 5,100 square feet, the center certainly lives up to the motto that “Everything’s Bigger in Texas.”  With room for a computer center, a theater, snack bar, television, pool tables, gaming rooms, and a space set aside just for kids, there’s something for everyone.

San Antonio, TX, is located at a nexus of Troop activity, with Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, Brooks City-Base, and Brooke Army Medical Center.  Because of their proximity to BAMC, the center will also feature activities and entertainment designed specifically for wounded Troops.

We’re thrilled to expand the services and space available at USO San Antonio and invite Troops and their families to stop by and see is on their way through the airport! Check out some pics from yesterday’s Grand Reopening festivities…

USO San Antonio Center Director, Shari Jenson (center), joins to Brig. Gen. Leonard A. Patrick, Commander, 502nd Air Base Wing, Fort Sam Houston, Texas (far L); Sloan Gibson, USO president; Edward Reilly, USO Board of Governors Chair at the USO San Antonio Grand Re-Opening celebration on April 7, 2010. (USO Photo by PhotoFino)

Local service members join Shari Jenson, USO San Antonio Center Director (center); William Moll, former Chair of the USO Board of Governors (far L); and Sloan Gibson, USO president (far R) as they hold up Nintendo® Wii™ and Xbox® 360 games donated by Activision. (USO Photo by PhotoFino)

Brig. Gen. Leonard A. Patrick, Commander, 502nd Air Base Wing, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, greets the crowd outside of the USO San Antonio building in downtown San Antonio during the center's re-opening celebration on April 7, 2010. (USO Photo by Photo Fino)

USO San Antonio Center Director Shari Jenson does an interview for a local news station at the center's re-opening celebration on April 7, 2010. (USO Photo by PhotoFino)

USO San Antonio's new center is a 5,100 square foot facility that features a computer area with free Internet access; theater room; lounge area with televisions, recliners, Xbox® 360 stations, and two pool tables; a children’s room; United Through Reading® Military Program recording area; and a fully stocked snack bar with ice cream stations. Center visitors also have access to four gaming rooms with multiple Nintendo® Wii™ and more Xbox® 360 gaming consoles. (USO Photo by PhotoFino)