1st Annual NWS National Week of Service

Previous Weeks:
  • 2012 (September 30 - October 6)
  • 2013 (September 29 - October 5)
  • 2014 (September 28 - October 4)
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Summary of the Week:

Besides working diligently to issue the most accurate forecasts and warnings possible, our service extends well beyond the bricks and mortar in which we work.  During the week of September 25th through October 1st, our staffs made a concerted effort to reach out in our communities to help those in need.  All of these additional activities occurred outside of our normal work hours.

Many NWS entities and partners participated in the 1st Annual National Weather Service (NWS) Week of Service:

  • 38 National Weather Service offices (WFOs)
  • 2 Aviation (AWSU) & Central Weather Service Unit (CWSU)
  • 4 River Forecast Centers (RFCs)
  • 2 Regional Headquarters
  • 6 National Centers
  • and the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology & the Oklahoma Climate Survey

466 employees and their family members helped 58 local, national, and international organizations.

The most popular activities were conducting food drives and/or volunteering at food banks.  During the 13 food drives, approximately 1,575 pounds of food and $450 in monetary donations were collected.  Over 1,700 people can be fed by the monetary contributions alone!  At 17 food banks, over 10 tons of food was sorted and 25,220 meals were packaged.

Overall, we estimate that 65,000 people were helped during this week.

A list of the offices that participated along with an office by office summary can be found below.  If we missed your office's activity during this week, send an e-mail to Jeff Boyne.


Participating Offices (Clicking on the links below will bring you to the office's summary)

National Centers
Regional Headquarters
Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs)
  1. Alaska Electronics Maintenance Unit
  2. National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)
  3. Radar Operations Center (ROC)
  4. Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC)
  5. Storm Prediction Center (SPC)
  6. Warning Decision Training Branch (WDTB)
  1. Central
  2. Western
  1. Aberdeen, SD
  2. Amarillo, TX
  3. Anchorage, AK
  4. Billings, MT
  5. Bismarck, ND
  6. Boston/Taunton, MA
  7. Brownsville, TX
  8. Cheyenne, WY
  9. Denver/Boulder, CO
  10. Detroit/Pontiac, MI
  11. Eureka, CA
  12. Grand Junction, CO
  13. Great Falls, MT
  14. Hastings, NE
  15. Indianapolis, IN
  16. Jackson, KY
  17. Kansas City/Pleasant Hill, MO
  18. La Crosse, WI
  19. Las Vegas, NV
  20. Los Angeles/Oxnard, CA
  1. Memphis, TN
  2. Milwaukee/Sullivan, WI
  3. Norman, OK
  4. Pendleton, OR
  5. Raleigh/Durham, NC
  6. Sacramento, CA
  7. San Angelo, TX
  8. San Joaquin Valley/
    Hanford, CA
  9. San Diego, CA
  10. Sioux Falls, SD
  11. Spokane, WA
  12. Springfield, MO
  13. Tampa Bay, FL
  14. Twin Cities/Chanhassen, MN
  15. Tiyan, Guam
  16. Topeka, KS
  17. Tucson, AZ
  18. Wichita, KS
Center Weather Service Units (CWSUs)
  1. Alaska Aviation Weather Unit
  2. Salt Lake City, UT
River Forecast Centers (RFCs)
  1. Alaska-Pacific
  2. California Nevada
  3. Northeast
  4. North Central
Other
  1. Oklahoma Climate Survey
  2. Oklahoma School of Meteorology

Office Activities during This Week

Below are some of the activities which were done across the United States and its territories during this week:

1
Aberdeen, SD WFO - Kid's Against Hunger

17 employees and family members from NWS Aberdeen volunteered to package food for Kids Against Hunger. If you get a chance, please check out this very worthy effort for less fortunate kids!


Aberdeen Kid's Against Hunger
   
2 Amarillo, TX WFO - Amarillo North Branch YMCA

As part of the National Week of Service, Christine Krause organized a volunteer opportunity at the Amarillo North Branch YMCA.  Eight staff members of the Amarillo office and one spouse volunteered on September 29.

The Amarillo Weather Forecast Office volunteers helped serve dinner, provided entertainment by creating a simulated tornado with a mist maker and fan, provided help with homework, and participated in basketball, air hockey, and board games with approximately 50 middle and high school kids.

Kids watching a simulated tornado
Kids watching a simulated tornado
  Krause said, "The kids's enthusiasm was contagious to the volunteers, whether it was seeing a man-made tornado in the tornado machine, playing a board game, or playing a rousing game of air hockey."
   
3 Anchorage, AK WFO, Alaska Aviation Weather Unit (AAWU)Alaska-Pacific RFC, and the Alaska Electronics Maintenance Unit - Alaska ASPCA, Donated Blood, Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission, Anchorage Downtown Soup Kitchen, Trail Watch Program, & Troops

They kicked off this week with a Food Drive on Monday, September 26th. They collected donations all week long at the facilities on Sand Lake Road. They also volunteered the SPCA. Stop by the Alaska SPCA on Arctic Blvd and interacted with abused or abandoned animals. You can also donate toys or food for animals.

On Day 2, several brave souls (Jim Nelson, Michael Thomas Lawson, Andrew Dixon) donated blood. 

On Day 3, Andy Brown and Michael Thomas Lawson volunteered at the Anchorage Downtown Soup Kitchen and Emily Niebuhr volunteered at the Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission with a few of her friends.

On Day 4, Lisa Boroczk Brown participated in the Trail Watch program along the Campbell Creek trail.

Finally on Day 5, the office put together several care packages to be mailed to local soldiers who are currently deployed overseas. 18 boxes full of goodies for the troops!!

Andy Brown took his family to the Alaska SPCA to interact with the dogs.
Andy Brown took his 
family to the Alaska SPCA 
to interact with the dogs.
 
Mary-Beth Schreck volunteering at the ASPCA on Day 1 of the NWS Week of Service.
Mary-Beth Schreck volunteering 
at the ASPCA
Emily Niebuhr volunteering at the ASPCA on Day 1 of the NWS Week of Service
Emily Niebuhr volunteering 
at the ASPCA
Emily Niebuhr volunteering at the ASPCA on Day 1 of the NWS Week of Service
Emily Niebuhr volunteering 
at the ASPCA
 
 
 
 The brave souls who donated blood today. Don't worry, they're always this pale; they live in Alaska!! Jim Nelson, Michael Thomas Lawson, Andrew Dixon. Great job guys!!
The brave souls who donated blood.. 
Don't worry, they're always this pale; 
they live in Alaska!! Jim Nelson, Michael 
Thomas Lawson, Andrew Dixon. 
Great job guys!!

Andy Brown and Michael Thomas Lawson volunteered at the Anchorage Downtown Soup Kitchen on Day 2 of the NWS Week of Service.
Andy Brown and Michael Thomas Lawson 
volunteered at the Anchorage 
Downtown Soup Kitchen.

Lisa Boroczk Brown and Andy Brown participated in the Trail Watch program today. Great way to get out and volunteer in Anchorage! — with Lisa Boroczk Brown.
Lisa Boroczk Brown and Andy Brown participated in the Trail Watch program today. Great way to get out and volunteer in Anchorage! — with Lisa Boroczk Brown.
 
Lisa Boroczk Brown participating in the Trail Watch program along the Campbell Creek trail. — with Lisa Boroczk Brown.
Lisa Boroczk Brown participating in the Trail Watch program along the Campbell Creek trail. — with Lisa Boroczk Brown.
Andy Brown participating in the annual Park Report Card Program. Download the free Anchorage Park Foundation app and help grade their parks and determine where funds will be spent next year to clean up or improve parks.
Andy Brown participating in the annual Park Report Card Program. Download the free Anchorage Park Foundation app and help grade their parks and determine where funds will be spent next year to clean up or improve parks.
18 boxes full of goodies for the troops!!
18 boxes full of goodies for the troops!!
 
Jim Nelson, Mary-Beth Schreck, and Alberta organize all the generous donations.
Jim Nelson, Mary-Beth Schreck, and Alberta organize all the generous donations.
Mary-Beth Schreck, Jim Nelson, and Shaun Baines starting to pack the boxes for the troops.
Mary-Beth Schreck, Jim Nelson, and Shaun Baines starting to pack the boxes for the troops.
Katy and Alyssa Brown drew pictures and put them in each of the boxes.
Katy and Alyssa Brown drew pictures and put them in each of the boxes.
   
4 Bismarck, ND WFO - Removing sand bags from homes, Community Action Food Pantry, & Ruth Meiers Soup Kitchen

The spring and summer of 2011 brought record flooding to western and central North Dakota. The Souris River experienced flooding never seen before along its entire stretch in North Dakota. The Missouri river at Bismarck reached its highest level since the Garrison Dam was constructed in 1954. A significant number of families were affected in the communities of Bismarck and Mandan along the Missouri River, and thousands of homes were devastated by the Souris River flooding in the Minot area.

The employees at the Bismarck National Weather Service wanted to give back to these communities during the NWS National Week of Service. The office’s primary project was volunteering to remove sandbags. Through the United Way, the office was set up with an organization that paired volunteer groups with those who needed help removing sandbags. On Saturday, October 1st, volunteers from WFO Bismarck helped an elderly couple remove sandbags from the perimeter of their home. It took five hours to completely remove the sandbags and haul them to a drop-off site. The work was very difficult, but very rewarding.

Since it is not impossible for everyone at a WFO to participate in an event on a given day, the office set up a food drive for a local food pantry. Staff brought non-perishable food items and toiletries to work. At the end of the week, the items were taken to the Community Action Food Pantry in Bismarck. Nutrition Coordinator Karen Edwards mentioned that the majority of flood victims who utilize the food pantry are from Minot. Flood victims drive over 100 miles to receive assistance from the pantry. This was a great way to provide assistance to those in need from the Minot area as well as those locally in and around Bismarck.

Removing sand bags
Removing sand bags Removing sand bags
Removing sand bags Food brought in to help the Community
Food brought in to help the Community
Action Food Pantry in Bismarck
  In addition, WFO Bismarck staff volunteered at the Ruth Meiers Soup Kitchen. This is a project that commenced after the 2009 Central Region LEAD program. Three to four staff members prepare and serve lunch at the soup kitchen once a month. Not only was it a fortunate coincidence that it fell during the NWS National Week of Service, but it also brought a heightened sense of pride to us in our effort to become better servant leaders. During the week of service 3 people participated and fed 30 people.
   
5 Boston/Taunton, MA WFO & Northeast RFC - Military Troops

The Taunton Weather Forecast Office and NERFC collected items for a military package to send to our troops overseas. This effort was lead by Rebecca Gould of the ERLDP (Eastern Region Leadership Development Program) & Stephanie Dunten of CR LEAD experience. After a week of collecting items, enough was donated to create 7 separate care packages! These packages went to 3 different units overseas:

The first unit is a U.S. Army unit from Texas that is deployed to Afghanistan until July 2012. They are collecting packages for 4 male soldiers and 3 female soldiers. We sent 2 packages to this unit.

The second unit is another U.S. Army unit from Massachusetts that is deployed to Afghanistan until May 2012. They are collecting packages for 20 male soldiers and 10 female soldiers. We sent 3 packages to this unit.

The third unit is a U.S. Marine unit from Maine that is deployed to Afghanistan through February 2012. They are collecting packages for 14 male marines. We sent 2 packages to this unit.

Besides collecting items for the care package, they also needed to raise money to ship the packages. After coming up several dollars short, many staff member came together and donated the remaining shipping money in a heartbeat. Both WFO and RFC workers wrote thank you cards that were placed in the boxes as well.

Some of the items brought in for this drive
Some of the items brought in for this drive.

Packing up the care packages
Packing up the care packages
 
This was an excellent opportunity for both WFO and RFC staff members to come together and give something back to our troops fighting for our freedom overseas.
   
6
Brownsville, TX WFO - Driscoll Children's Speciality Center

Matthew Carroll, a young bone cancer survivor with an incredible fighting spirit, viewing dozens of gifts from NWS staff at the Brownsville/Rio Grande Valley office. The NWS effort is part of NWS National Community Service Week, where employees do everything from cleaning up neighborhoods to brightening a child's day. — with Darlene Campbell and Steve Drillette at Driscoll Children's Specialty Center.
 
Steve Drillette helping out at the
Steve Drillette helping out at the
Driscoll Children's Speciality Center
Matthew Carroll (bone cancer survivor)
Matthew Carroll (bone cancer survivor)
 
       
7 Central Region Headquarters (CRH) - Harvesters, Community Food Network, Salvation Army Food Pantry, & Community Blood Center

The 13 employees from CRH volunteered at Harvesters and sorted and bagged about 8,000 pounds of sweet potatoes between themselves and another volunteer group. That's 4 tons of yams! That's a Guinness World Record sweet potato pie. This represents fresh produce for thousands of people who can't afford it. Due to flooding in the area, the Salvation Army Food Pantry was in need of donations. CRH collected and delivered three large boxes of food.

CRH also held a blood drive for the Community Blood Center and donated 9 units of blood.
 
Sorting sweet potatoes
Sorting sweet potatoes
13 employees sorted and bagged 8,000
13 employees sorted and bagged 8,000
lbs of sweet potatoes
 
   
8 Cheyenne, WY WFO - Needs Emergency and Crisis Assistance Center

They held a Food and Clothing Drive to benefit Needs Emergency and Crisis Assistance Center.

   
9 Denver/Boulder, CO WFO - Food Drive - Outreach United Resources Center

They held a food drive and collected 166 pounds of food and basic necessities. They then helped the Outreach United Resources Center in Longmont do yard work for their newly acquired building which will house all their services.
 
Doing yard work
Doing yard work
Doing yard work
Doing yard work
Collected 166 lbs of food
Collected 166 lbs of food
   
10 Detroit/Pontiac, MI WFO - The Baldwin Center & Gleaners Community Food Bank

They helped 2 organizations in their local community. The first organization, The Baldwin Center, was a gift of time where several members of our staff served dinner to persons in need. The Baldwin Center works to feed, clothe, educate, and empower those in need in the Pontiac, MI area. In their efforts to feed the community, the Baldwin Center provides breakfast daily to the homeless and operates a Soup Kitchen 5 days a week for persons in the community that need lunch. They have recently started serving a hot meal on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Six staff member from the Detroit/Pontiac NWS office served dinner to 89 persons in need at the Baldwin Center on September 29th. Our efforts included helping to set up for the meal by assembling packets of silverware, and making salad. Dinner included goulash, salad, fruit cocktail, bread, and drinks.

The other organization we served was Gleaners Community Food Bank. We hosted a food and money drive at the office to benefit the food bank. This option made involvement in the Week of Service more available to all members of the staff, since some shift-workers were unable to participate in the dinner.

 
Wanda Gaines (ET) serving dinner
Wanda Gaines (ET) serving dinner
at The Baldwin Center
Serving dinner at The Baldwin Center
John Leibold (ESA) cleaning pots
Serving dinner at The Baldwin Center
Serving dinner at The Baldwin Center
       
11 Eureka, CA WFO - Feds Feed Families

WFO Eureka held a competition that whoever brought in the most food for the Feds Feed Families program would have their car washed by the MIC, Nancy Dean. WFO Eureka donated the most food out of all agencies that participated.
Nancy Dean (MIC) washes car
Nancy Dean (MIC) washes car
       
12 Grand Junction, CO WFO - Adopt-A-Lake

Employees from the NWS office in Grand Junction, Colorado volunteered their time for the Week of Service by participating in the Adopt-A-Lake program, sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service. Adopt-A-Lake is a program in which people can help... clean up litter and trash around lakes in and around the state of Colorado. The Grand Junction office has adopted two lakes and routinely participates in cleaning these areas. They collected over 6 bags of trash at the two lakes that are located over 10,000 ft above sea level
Cleaning up 2 lakes located
Cleaning up 2 lakes located
over 6,000 feet above sea level
       
13 Great Falls, MT WFO - Montana Food Bank

WFO Great Falls completed a food drive and donated 166 pounds of food to the Montana Food Bank. On top of this great display of generosity, staff also donated $130. The office has decided to have bi-annual food drives to help support the efforts to end hunger in Central Montana.
Helping out at the Montana Food Bank
Helping out at the Montana Food Bank
       
14 Hastings, NE WFO - Kids Against Hunger

The staff volunteered at Kids Against Hunger in Hastings. They made over 3700 pre-packaged meals to be sent to Haiti.

Helping out at Kids Against Hunger
Helping out at Kids Against Hunger
in Hastings, NE
   
15 Indianapolis, IN WFO - Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation

On Tuesday, September 27, representatives from NWS Indianapolis spent a couple of hours sorting donations for the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation (HVAF), an organization that provides help for homeless veterans. They went through several boxes and bags of items ranging from toiletries to blankets and clothing, and marked them with the appropriate sizes and placed them in their allotted places in the donation center. The center was certainly better organized when we finished, and it was nice to know that we helped an organization that is providing housing, material, and job assistance to those who have served our country and are struggling.
Helping out at the Hoosiers
Helping out at the Hoosiers
Veterans Assistance Foundation
Helping out at the Hoosiers
Helping out at the Hoosiers
Veterans Assistance Foundation
Helping out at the Hoosiers
Helping out at the Hoosiers
Veterans Assistance Foundation
       
16 Jackson, KY WFO - Breathitt County Senior Citizens Center & Cleaned Highways

On Thursday, September 29th two employees participated in the game night at the Breathitt County Senior Citizens Center. Then on Friday three more employees served lunch at the Center. On Tuesday and Friday five employees helped clean up a section of highway 30 and collected 24 bags of trash. The WFO also collected 4 boxes of food which they donated to local schools for children's back packs.

   
17 Kansas City/Pleasant Hill, MO WFO - Habitat for Humanity

On Saturday October 1, five employees of the staff volunteered their time to work at a Habitat for Humanity worksite in Independence, MO. During our workday, which lasted from 8:30am-3:00pm, we put up drywall in several rooms of the house and put up several rows of siding on the front of the house. We were not able to meet the family whose house we were assisting with, but were told that the family consisted of a single mother and two children. The mother had not only contributed several hours to working on her own home (which is a requirement of the Habitat for Humanity program) but also had volunteered several additional hours to assist with other Habitat houses. Collectively as a group, our office participants contributed over 30 hours of volunteer work to the Habitat for Humanity house. Those employees that participated enjoyed their time and said that they would definitely want to volunteer again.
 
Volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity Volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity
worksite in Independence, MO
Volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity
Volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity
worksite in Independence, MO
The 5 WFO Pleasant Hill staff members that helped
The 5 WFO Pleasant Hill staff members
 that helped out at the at the 
Habitat for Humanity worksite
in Independence, MO
   
18 La Crosse, WI WFO - YMCA Maple Leaf Road Race, School Supply Drive & Wafer

Their local participation in this week started a day early when a couple members of our staff and their spouses either ran in or helped support the La Crosse Area Family YMCA Maple Leaf Road Race. The proceeds raised during this event help support the Y's Strong Kids Campaign, which gives everyone the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive by providing financial assistance for membership and programs at the Y.

On September 26th, we distributed school supplies to four schools (Logan High School in La Crosse; Northside Elementary - Franklin Campus in La Crosse; Washington-Kosciusko Elementary School in Winona, MN; and West Salem Middle). These supplies were brought into the office by our staff from mid-August through mid-September. This was our second year of doing this; last year we were able to give supplies to three different schools (Eagle Bluff Elementary School in Onalaska, Sand Lake Elementary School in Holmen, and West Salem High School).

Andrew Just (Lead Forecaster) getting
Andrew Just (Lead Forecaster) getting
ready to deliver school supplies at
Washington-Kosciusko Elementary 
School
in Winona, MN
  On September 29th, Jeff Boyne and Zack Taylor helped out at WAFER (our local food bank). While there, they bagged rice and helped stock shelves.
   
19 Las Vegas, NV WFO - Three Square Food Bank

WFO Las Vegas staff and friends volunteered at the Three Square Food Bank in Las Vegas and held a food/fund drive at the office. 315 lbs of food and over $300 in gift cards to local grocery stores were collected. WFO staff and friends spent the morning of September 28 at Three Square Food Bank helping interns from a local culinary arts academy and in-house chefs prepare over 2,500 meals for after-school distribution to children across the Las Vegas Valley.

 WFO Las Vegas staff and friends who volunteered
WFO Las Vegas staff and friends 
who volunteered at the Three Square 
Food Bank
in Las Vegas
   
20 Los Angeles/Oxnard, CA WFO - Ventura County FOOD Share

WFO Los Angeles/Oxnard volunteered at the Ventura County FOOD Share. FOOD Share is a not for profit dedicated to feeding, nourishing and educating the hungry of Ventura County, educating the community on those who are hungry and why, and advocating a reduction of the root causes of hunger.
WFO Los Angeles/Oxnard staff members who
WFO Los Angeles/Oxnard staff members 
who volunteered at the 
Ventura County FOOD Share
   
21 Memphis, TN WFO - Mid-South Food Bank

They held a food drive for the Mid-South Food Bank.

   
22 Milwaukee/Sullivan, WI WFO - Food Pantry of Waukesha County

Their office collected 55 pounds of food and $20 in monetary donations, and delivered it to the Food Pantry of Waukesha County. The Food Pantry works closely with the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee, and helps approximately 5,750 people each month (almost half are children) from all parts of Waukesha County.
55 lbs of food donated to the Food Pantry
55 lbs of food donated to the Food Pantry
of Waukesha County
   
23 The NOAA agencies (Norman OK WFO, Storm Prediction Center - SPC, National Severe Storms Laboratory - NSSL, Radar Operations CenterWarning Decision Training Branch - WDTB), Oklahoma Climate Survey, and the Oklahoma School of Meteorology - Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

Since the SPC is co-located with several other NOAA/NWS agencies here at the National Weather Center, we invited them to participate with us during the Week of Service. I picked up food drive boxes from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, which serves all of Central and Western Oklahoma (about 55 of the 77 counties in Oklahoma). The NOAA/NWS agencies that participated included the SPC, WFO Norman, NSSL, WDTB and the Radar Operations Center. The Oklahoma Climate Survey and the School of Meteorology participated as well as they are also here in the building and I gave them food collection boxes too. Over the 5 days, September 26-30, we collected nearly 200 pounds of food (177 to be exact) to donate to the food bank!

   
24 Pendleton, OR WFO - Salvation Army & Meals on Wheels

WFO Pendleton participated by volunteering for the Salvation Army Thrift Store and Meals on Wheels.
55 lbs of food donated to the Food Pantry
Volunteering at the
Salvation Army Thrift Store
   
25 Raleigh/Durham, NC WFO - MS Mud Run

Four members of our office ran as a team in the Mud Run MS Carolinas which is a 6 mile race with various military style obstacles involved and proceeds benefit the MS society. The four of us ran for a fifth member of our staff who has MS. Our team raised over $500 for MS and the event as a whole had over 1000 runners and raised over $200,000 for MS. We finished the race as a team in 2 hours 14 minutes which was good for about 350th out of 1000 plus runners. The staff members who ran were: Brandon Locklear (senior forecaster), Scott Sharp (senior forecaster), Ryan Ellis (Intern), and Kathleen Carroll (Intern).
Brandon Locklear (senior forecaster), Scott Sharp (senior forecaster), Ryan Ellis (Intern), and Kathleen Carroll (Intern) running in the Mud Run MS Carolinas
Brandon Locklear (senior forecaster), 
Scott Sharp (senior forecaster), 
Ryan Ellis (Intern), & Kathleen Carroll 
(Intern) running in the 
Mud Run MS Carolinas
   
26 Sacramento, CA WFO & California Nevada RFC - Children's Receiving Home of Sacremento

WFO Sacramento and the California Nevada River Forecast Center collected donations for the Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento. This organization serves a critical need by providing temporary housing to children who are displaced or abandoned prior to being placed in foster care. The office collected an impressive amount of domestic items.
WFO Sacramento and the California Nevada River Forecast Center with their donations for the Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento.
WFO Sacramento and the California Nevada River Forecast Center with their donations for the Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento.
   
27 Salt Lake City, UT Central Weather Service Unit (CWSU) - Children's Tumor Foundation & Soldiers' Angels

The CWSU was represented at the Salt Lake City NF Walk at Liberty Park on Saturday, October 1st. They raised $600 and awareness for the Children's Tumor Foundation. Besides this walk, they collected items for a box to Soldiers' Angels.
   
28 San Diego, CA WFO - San Diego Food Bank

Six people from WFO San Diego volunteered at the San Diego Food Bank. The volunteers helped pack bags and boxes containing food for those in need around San Diego. The volunteers felt very good about the work that they did, and deservedly so since the coordinator of the volunteers mentioned how all the volunteers (including those from other groups) packaged about 50% more food than during an average evening! In addition, the staff at WFO San Diego contributed approximately 25 of their own canned and box food items to the San Diego Food Bank.
Volunteered at the San Diego Food Bank
Volunteered at the San Diego Food Bank
   
29 San Joaquin Valley/Hanford, CA WFO - Salvation Army

Volunteered at the Salvation Army in Hanford, CA
Volunteered at the Salvation Army in Hanford, CA
Volunteered at the Salvation Army in Hanford, CA strong>
   
30 Sioux Falls, SD WFO - Sioux Falls Ministry Center & Goodwill

Their staff and family members volunteered at the Sioux Falls Ministry Center on September 27th. Projects tackled by the group included window washing, cleaning, organizing, and painting. Within the forecast office, staff members are also collecting clothing and household items for donation to Goodwill centers in Sioux Falls.
Staff and family members volunteered at the Sioux Falls Ministry Center
Staff and family members volunteered
at the Sioux Falls Ministry Center
       
31 Space Weather Prediction Center - Boulder County Homeless Shelter

On September 29, 2011 the Space Weather Prediction Center hosted a picnic dinner for the Boulder County Homeless Shelter. Approximately 55 people attended the event and ate more than 70 hotdogs, 40 burgers along with pounds and pounds of beans and potato salad.
Hosting a picnic for the
Hosting a picnic for the
Boulder Homeless Shelter
Hosting a picnic for the
Hosting a picnic for the
Boulder Homeless Shelter
 
       
32 Springfield, MO WFO - Convoy of Hope

Their office lent a helping hand at the Convoy of Hope in Springfield.
 
Helping out at Convoy of Hope
Helping out at Convoy of Hope
Helping out at Convoy of Hope
Helping out at Convoy of Hope
Helping out at Convoy of Hope
Helping out at Convoy of Hope
       
33 Spokane, WA WFO - Crosswalk Teen Shelter

Our staff volunteered by serving lunch at the Crosswalk Teen Shelter located in downtown Spokane, WA. Crosswalk is an emergency shelter, a school drop-out prevention program, and a group of lifesaving and life-changing programs dedicated to breaking the cycle of youth homelessness. In an average year, Crosswalk serves more than 1,000 youth. The emergency shelter is available 365 days a year and all serv ces are free and voluntary.
serving lunch at the Crosswalk Teen Shelter
Serving lunch at the
Crosswalk Teen Shelter
   
34 Tampa Bay, FL WFO - Heather's Hope Foundation Against Domestic Violence

One of the ways the NWS Tampa Bay Area honored this week was by running in the Heather's Hope Foundation Against Domestic Violence Purple Ribbon 5K.

running in the Heather's Hope Foundation Against Domestic Violence Purple Ribbon 5K
Running in the Heather's Hope 
Foundation Against Domestic Violence 
Purple Ribbon 5K
   
35 Tiyan, Guam WFO - International Coastal Clean Up

The Weather Forecast Office on Guam participated in the International Coastal Clean Up on Saturday, September 17th. They picked up a lot of trash and a toilet.
 
 
International Coastal Clean Up
International Coastal Clean Up
International Coastal Clean Up
International Coastal Clean Up
 
   
36 Topeka, KS WFO - Lukemia and Lymphona Society & Goodwill

NWS Topeka staff and family members donated to and participated in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk in Topeka on October 1st, and the Head for the Cure’s 5K run for the fight against brain cancer in Lawrence on October 2nd. Additionally, staff members contributed clothing and other items for donation to the local Goodwill.
 
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s
Light the Night Walk
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s
Light the Night Walk
 
       
37 Twin Cities/Chanhassen, MN WFO & North Central River Forecast Center - Feed My Starving Children

Members of the NWS staff at the Weather Forecast Office and River Forecast Center in Chanhassen volunteered 2 hours of time to help pack meals at a local charity organization called Feed My Starving Children. This organization, which has multiple locations in the Twin Cities, has a goal to provide food for starving children in 67 counties across the world. They collect donations to use for food and then have volunteers pack this food in an efficient manner.

The NWS staff along with 40 other volunteers packaged 2,016 bags of food, which included 12,096 meals. This amount would serve 33 kids a meal each day for an entire year. The meals will be shipped to Haiti in early October.

This opportunity helped our staff to recognize the benefits or providing service and enhancing servant leadership skills to be used both at work and at home.

 
Volunteering at Feed My Starving Children
Volunteering at Feed My Starving Children
Volunteering at Feed My Starving Children
Volunteering at Feed My Starving Children
Volunteering at Feed My Starving Children
Volunteering at Feed My Starving Children
   
38 Tucson, AZ WFO - Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

WFO Tucson volunteered at the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona for an afternoon. Participants included Met Interns Ray McLeod and Scott Minnick, SCEP Ryan Fliehman, WCM Ken Drozd and MIC Glen Sampson, who were put to work sorting and bagging produce as well as providing parking lot assistance and cleanup. The mission of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is to anticipate and meet the food needs of the hungry through education, advocacy, and the acquisition, storage, and distribution of food. Thunderstorms moved in just as the group was leaving which prevented them from taking a group photo in front of the building.
   
39 Western Region Headquarters (WRH) - Crossroads Urban Center Food Pantry and Assistance Center

Staff from Western Region Headquarters painted the food pantry shelves at the Crossroads Urban Center Food Pantry & Assistance Center. Crossroads Urban Center is a non-profit, grassroots organization that assists and organizes low income, disabled, and minority Utahns to meet basic survival needs and to address essential issues affecting the quality of life.
Western Region Headquarters painted the food pantry shelves at the Crossroads Urban Center Food Pantry & Assistance Center.
Western Region Headquarters painted 
the food pantry shelves at the 
Crossroads Urban Center Food Pantry & Assistance Center
     
40 Witchita, KS WFO - Habitat for Humanity & Kansas Food Bank

On September 27th, WFO Wichita employees (Dick Elder, Jason Howard, Mike Urban, Chance Hayes, Diane Elder, Home Owner, Mick McGuire, Paul Howerton, & Vanessa Pearce) spent the day installing shutters, doors, cabinets and trim on this house in South Wichita. (Jerilyn Billing (not pictured) also worked and represented the ICT NWS Office.

On September 28th, Jerilyn Billins and Vanessa Pearce spent the morning at the Kansas Food Bank sorting food.
 
Volunteering at Habitat for Humanity
Volunteering at Habitat for Humanity
Volunteering at Habitat for Humanity
Volunteering at Habitat for Humanity

Sorting food at the
Kansas Food Bank

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