2nd Annual NWS National Week of Service

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 30th through October 6th, 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 2nd Annual National Weather Service (NWS) Week of Service:

  • 59 National Weather Service offices (WFOs)
  • 3 Aviation (AWSUs) Central Weather Service Unit (CWSUs)
  • 7 River Forecast Centers (RFCs)
  • 3 Regional Headquarters
  • 9 National Centers
  • 1 National Specialized Center (Alaska Electronics Maintenance Unit)
  • and the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology

872 employees and their family members helped 108 different organizations.

The most popular activities were conducting food drives and/or volunteering at food banks.  During the 28 food drives, approximately 3,570 pounds of food and $882 in monetary donations were collected.  Over 3,300 people can be fed by the monetary contributions alone!  At 21 food banks, over 17 tons of food was sorted and 10,060 meals were packaged.

Four WFOs (Topeka, Wichita, Springfield, and Kansas City/Pleasant Hill) held a friendly fitness competition via the "President's Challenge". These 4 offices offices raised nearly $3,000 for more than 20 different charitable causes.

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. Aviation Weather Center
  3. Hydrologic Prediction Center (HPC)
  4. National Hurricane Center (NHC)
  5. National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center (NOHRSC)
  6. National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)
  7. NWS Training Center (NWSTC)
  8. Operations Proving Ground
  9. Radar Operations Center (ROC)
  10. Storm Prediction Center (SPC)
  1. Central
  2. Pacific
  3. Western
  1. Aberdeen, SD
  2. Amarillo, TX
  3. Anchorage, AL
  4. Austin/San Antonio, TX
  5. Billings, MT
  6. Bismarck, ND
  7. Boise, ID
  8. Boston/Taunton, MA
  9. Boulder/Denver, CO
  10. Charleston, WV
  11. Cheyenne, WY
  12. Chicago, IL
  13. Cleveland, OH
  14. Des Moines, IA
  15. Detroit/Pontiac, MI
  16. Fort Worth, TX
  17. Gaylord, MI
  18. Grand Junction, CO
  19. Grand Rapids, MI
  20. Great Falls, MT
  21. Hastings, NE
  22. Houston/Galveston, TX
  23. Indianapolis, IN
  24. Jackson, KY
  25. Kansas City/Pleasant Hill, MO 
    (1, 2)
  26. La Crosse, WI
  27. Las Vegas, NV
  28. Los Angeles/Oxnard, CA
  29. Medford, OR
  30. Memphis, TN
  1. Miami, FL
  2. Minneapolis, MN
  3. Missoula, MT
  4. Morristown, TN
  5. Newport/Morehead City, NC
  6. Norman, OK
  7. North Platte, NE
  8. Omaha/Valley, NE
  9. Paducah, KY
  10. Phoenix, AZ
  11. Pittsburgh, PA
  12. Portland, OR
  13. Reno, NV
  14. Riverton, WY
  15. Sacramento, CA
  16. San Angelo, TX
  17. San Francisco Bay Area/
    Monterey, CA
  18. San Joaquin Valley/
    Hanford, CA
  19. San Diego, CA
  20. Shreveport, LA
  21. Sioux Falls, SD
  22. Springfield, MO
  23. Tampa Bay, FL
  24. Tiyan, Guam
  25. Topeka, KS (1, 2)
  26. Tucson, AZ
  27. Wichita, KS
  28. Wilmington, NC
  29. Wilmington, OH
Center Weather Service Units (CWSUs)
  1. Alaska Aviation Weather Unit (AAWU)
  2. Kansas City, MO
  3. Salt Lake City, UT
River Forecast Centers (RFCs)
  1. Alaska-Pacific
  2. California Nevada
  3. Missouri Basin
  4. Northeast
  5. North Central
  6. Ohio
  7. West Gulf
Other
  1. University of 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 - Blood Drive

They held an office blood drive and a food drive. Five employees donated blood to United Blood Services totaling approximately 7 pints of blood. The entire office brought in food to donate to the local food pantry, and an estimated 93 lbs of food was donated.
93 lbs of food collected
93 lbs of food collected
   
2 Amarillo, TX WFO - 2013 CFC Kickoff Rally

The Amarillo staff attended and contributed to the 2013 CFC kickoff rally at the Amarillo VA on October 5, 2012. The kickoff included a Chili contest in which ET, David Wilburn won the Traveling Trophy for the hottest chili. WFO Amarillo staffers have contributed more than $14,000 to the 2013 CFC campaign.

Amarillo staff at the 2013 CFC Kickoff Rally at the Amarillo VA
Amarillo staff at the 2013 CFC Kickoff Rally at the Amarillo VA
 
 
3 Anchorage, AK WFO, Alaska Aviation Weather Unit (AAWU)Alaska-Pacific RFC, and the Alaska Electronics Maintenance Unit - Donated Blood, Food Drive, Achorage Downtown Soup Kitchen, & Military Care Package

 

They held their week of service from November 26th to November 30th.  During this week, they did the following:

  1. Donated blood at the Blood Bank of Alaska
  2. Donated food to the local food bank
  3. Collected hats, mittens, scarves, jeans, and coats for the Anchorage Downtown Soup Kitchen
  4. Helped the Downtown Soup Kitchen move to their new location (packed up food, loaded trucks, and unloaded at the new location)
  5. Military Care Package packing party - We collected items for the care packages all week and then on Friday we gathered in the conference room to pack up the care packages.
   
Austin/San Antonio, TX WFO - Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) Program & Community Garage Sale

Their Observing Program Leader (OPL) Steve Smart helped/participated in the Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ) program at Oak Meadow Elementary school and forecaster Orlando Bermudez helped buyers with their purchases during the Community Garage Sale event celebrated on his block and volunteered to sort books and DVD's at the New Braunfels Public Library.

Steve Smart OPL reading a story to some kids.
Steve Smart OPL reading
a story to some kids.
 
   
5
Billings, MT WFO - Billings Public School's "Saturday Live"

Their staff volunteered at the Billings Public School's "Saturday Live" on Saturday, September 29th.  The event is the largest yearly fundraiser for School District 2, and it attended by thousands of people in our community.  A link to more information on the event is at:

http://www.billings.k12.mt.us/bpef/saturdaylive.html 

Thank you note received by WFO Billings, MT.
Thank you note received
by WFO Billings, MT.
  Keith Meier, Joe Lester (Forecaster), David Smith (ET) and Marc Singer (SOO) assisted event organizers in collecting trash and recycled materials for the entire afternoon, and provided clean-up support after the event was over.  They also provided support to individual school booths by helping transport supplies and personnel around the event.  Additionally, Virgil Middendorf (ITO) and his wife Becky volunteered at his children's school booth for the event.  This is the second year in a row that they have volunteered for this event, and they plan on making it a yearly tradition!
   
6 Bismarck, ND WFO - Ruth Meiers Stone Soup Kitchen, Burleigh County Extension Office, & Community Action Food Pantry

Their office participated in 3 volunteer events during the NWS Week of Service campaign. On Monday October 1st three staff members helped serve lunch at the Ruth Meiers Stone Soup Kitchen. The Kitchen provides a free noon meal to homeless and low-income individuals from the community, with a mission to provide nourishment to the body and soul. NWS staff helped prepare and serve Philly steak sandwiches, salad and dessert to approximately 30 individuals.

On Thursday October 4th, five staff members from NWS Bismarck volunteered at the Burleigh County Extension Office. The Cooperative Extension System was established in 1914 and the work of the
Extension Service continues to be extremely important to producers, families, community leaders and young people. The staff spent the day refurbishing and assembling chairs to be used by 4-H members. Around 250 youth are involved in 4-H in the Bismarck area. Extension Agent Cathy Palczewski exclaimed "the additional chairs were greatly needed, but we didn't have the time to put them together ourselves."

Throughout the Week of Service, a bin was provided at NWS Bismarck for staff to donate non-perishable food items. At the end of the week the bin was taken to the Community Action Food Pantry in Bismarck.
The Community Action Food Pantry provides food baskets to families in need throughout south central North Dakota. Food baskets are generally filled with enough food to last 4 to 7 days. Nutrition Coordinator Karen Jans estimated NWS Bismarck donated 70 pounds of food items.

Meteorologist Intern Michael Mathews, Senior Forecaster Todd Hamilton and Warning Coordination Meteorologist John Paul Martin volunteer at the Ruth Meiers Stone Soup Kitchen.
Meteorologist Intern Michael Mathews, Senior Forecaster Todd Hamilton and Warning Coordination Meteorologist John Paul Martin volunteer at the Ruth Meiers Stone Soup Kitchen.

TGeneral Forecaster Nathan Heinert, Meteorologist-In-Charge Jeff Savadel, Senior Forecasters Bill Abeling and Todd Hamilton with Extension Agent Cathy Palczewski during a quick break.
General Forecaster Nathan Heinert, Meteorologist-In-Charge Jeff Savadel, Senior Forecasters Bill Abeling and Todd Hamilton with Extension Agent Cathy Palczewski during a quick break.

   
7 Boise, ID WFO - Idaho Adopt-a-Highway

Their office adopted a 2 mile stretch of highway as part of the Idaho Adopt-a-Highway program several years ago.  Boise Forecaster, Coleen Decker, worked with the Transportation Department to pick out the section of Highway 21 which travels through a very scenic area in the Boise mountains.  For the 4th year in a row, the forecast office served the community by picking up trash along the road and helped keep Idaho beautiful.  This year on October 6th, 2012, NWS employees and their families enjoyed perfect weather while walking along the highway and were able to collect 4 large bags of trash.  After cleaning up, everyone met for a great dinner at Trudy’s restaurant in Idaho City, which is located on Highway 21 and is a favorite stop for many people traveling through the area.

WFO Boise, ID cleaned up garbage along a 2 mile stretch of highway 21 as part of the Idaho Adopt a Highway.  From left to right: Mariah Parker, Sarah Decker, Coleen Decker, Carl Breidenbach, Bob Diaz, Stephen Parker, Grant Breidenbach, Belinda Breidenbach, Jay Breidenbach, and Lucas Decker.
From left to right: Mariah Parker, Sarah Decker, Coleen Decker, Carl Breidenbach, Bob Diaz, Stephen Parker, Grant Breidenbach, Belinda Breidenbach, Jay Breidenbach, and Lucas Decker.
   
8 Boston/Taunton, MA WFO & the Northeast River Forecast Center - Coyle & Cassidy High School Food Pantry

Their staffs worked together to collect non-perishable food items for a local food bank in Southeast Massachusetts.  This idea came about when we noticed that September is National Stamp Out Hunger Month.  They set up several boxes out in the foyer an asked for any donations that could be helpful for the food bank.  A lot of the staff members participated in this excellent cause and they were able to collect approximately 125 pounds for the Coyle and Cassidy High School Food Pantry.  When they arrived, they were very appreciative as they have not been receiving a lot of donations over the past several months. This event went so well at the office we decided to continue our efforts and collect more non-perishable foods for the US Postal Service Food Drive held in May.

 
Taunton, MA WFO and the Northeast River Forecast Center gathered approximately 125 lbs of nonperishable food items for the Coyle and Cassidy High School Food Pantry.
Taunton, MA WFO and the Northeast River Forecast Center gathered approximately 125 lbs of nonperishable food items for the Coyle and Cassidy High School Food Pantry.
 
 
Gathered approximately 125 pounds of
nonperishable food items for the Coyle
and Cassidy High School Food Pantry
.
Gathered approximately 125 pounds
of nonperishable food items for the
Coyle and Cassidy High School Food Pantry
.
 
   
9 Boulder/Denver, CO WFO - Food Drive & The Lukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk

They held a food and supply drive for their local food bank.  The following items were donated:  soups, canned vegetables, rice, cereal, baby blankets, diapers, cleaning towels, soaps and other toiletry items.  They also participated in The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk.  This was in honor of a co-worker's wife who lost battle over 5 years ago and for a 12-year old (Brooke) who is now cancer free.

 
 Collected Food
 Team Brooke  Team Brooke
  Collected Food Team Brooke Lake Union
   
10 Charleston, WV WFO - Little Victories Animal Rescue Shelter & Mountain Mission

Several members of their drove out to Little Victories Animal Rescue Shelter in Ona, WV on Sunday, September 30th to walk and socialize dogs and clean, feed and play with cats.  Their staff really enjoyed their time with the animals and the staff of the rescue shelter was very appreciative.

In addition to this, their staff members collected non-perishable food items throughout the week for Mountain Mission which helps serve families and individuals in the Kanawha Valley with unexpected needs.  They were able to collect several hundred items to help stock their food pantry and help out a lot of families within the community.  While this was their first time participating in the NWS Week of Service, it certainly won't be their last!

Several Charleston, WV WFO staff members volunteered at Little Victories Animal Rescue Shelter in Ona, WV on September 30th.
Volunteered at Little Victories Animal

. Charleston, WV WFO held a food drive for Mountain Mission.
Rescue Shelter in Ona, WV on September 30th
Held a food drive for Mountain Mission.

   
11 Central Region Headquarters, NWS Training Center, Operations Proving Ground, Aviation Weather Center, Missouri Basin River Forecast Center, Kansas City/Pleasant Hill WFO, and Kansas City Center Weather Service Unit held a food and monetary drive for Harvesters (their local Kansas City community food bank).  In addition, 2 groups worked 2 different shifts at Harvesters.  The afternoon shift helped pack snack packs for the KC metro area snack backpack program. This group packed 1,025 snack packs.  The evening shift sorted and bagged carrots.
 
First of two groups from Pleasant Hill WFO, NWS CRH, NWSTC, AWC, MBRFC, and Kansas City CWSU volunteering at Harvester Community Food Network in Kansas City, MO.
Volunteering at Harvester Community
Food Network
in Kansas City, MO.
Pleasant Hill WFO, NWS CRH, NWSTC, AWC, MBRFC, and Kansas City CWSU staff members packing "snackpacks" at Harvesters.
Packing "snack packs" at Harvesters.
Pleasant Hill WFO, NWS CRH, NWSTC, AWC, MBRFC, and Kansas City CWSU staff members packing "snackpacks" at Harvesters.
Packing "snack packs" at Harvester
 
Pleasant Hill WFO, NWS CRH, NWSTC, AWC, MBRFC, and Kansas City CWSU staff members sorting carrots at Harvesters.
Sorting carrots at Harvesters
Pleasant Hill WFO, NWS CRH, NWSTC, AWC, MBRFC, and Kansas City CWSU staff members sorting carrots at Harvesters.
Sorting carrots at Harvesters
Pleasant Hill WFO, NWS CRH, NWSTC, AWC, MBRFC, and Kansas City CWSU staff members packing "snackpacks" at Harvesters.
Packing "snack packs" at Harvesters.
 
Pleasant Hill WFO, NWS CRH, NWSTC, AWC, MBRFC, and Kansas City CWSU staff members packing "snackpacks" at Harvesters.
Packing "snack packs"
at Harvesters.
   
   
12 Cheyenne, WY WFO - Wish List Drive

Their staff held a Wish List Drive for a local homeless shelter.

   
13 Chicago, IL WFO - Food Drive

They held a food drive.

       
14 Cleveland, OH WFO - Cleveland Food Bank & Coats for Kids Monday

Their staff held a food and fund drive to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank.  Their office collected 95 pounds of food and donated $62.  Cleveland Food Bank said that the money alone will be able to provide nearly 250 meals to local residents. 

They also had a group volunteer with Coats for Kids Monday on October 22nd.  Their group helped sort donated coats by age and gender so that they may be distributed to children in need. 

   
15 Des Moines, IA WFO - Ronald McDonald House

They provided and prepared a meal for their local Ronald McDonald house on Thursday, October 4th.

WFO Des Moines, IA served a meal at the local Ronald McDonald House. Staff Members in the photo are from left to right:  front row - Brenda Brock (MIC), Gail Boeff (ASA), Mindy Beerends (Forecaster) and back row: Jeff Zogg (SSH), Jeff Johnson (WCM), Jim Lee (Forecaster), Kevin Deitsch (Intern), and Ken Podrazik (Forecaster).
Staff Members at Ronald McDonald House. Left to right:  front row - Brenda Brock (MIC), Gail Boeff (ASA), Mindy Beerends (Forecaster) and back row: Jeff Zogg (SSH), Jeff Johnson (WCM), Jim Lee (Forecaster), Kevin Deitsch (Intern), and Ken Podrazik (Forecaster).
   
16 Detroit/Pontiac, MI WFO - Gleaners of Southeast Michigan

Their staff held a food drive for Gleaners of Southeast Michigan.  During this drive, they collected 156 pounds of food/supplies and $65 in monetary donations.

   
17 Fort Worth, TX WFO/RFC Diversity/Blast Teams - Presbyterian Night Shelter Blanket Drive

They decided to do a "collection of blankets" to be delivered to the Presbyterian Night Shelter.  The staff was asked to donate a new blanket or clean used blankets.  The goal was to collect 25+ blankets.

   
18 Gaylord, MI WFO - Food Bank

They sorted 2 pallets of potatoes (each pallet weighed approximately 1,000 pounds.) into 8 to 10 pound bags for redistribution at a food bank. While there, they also filled large bags with various other kinds of food items.  More than 100 families were served on that day.

Gaylord, MI WFO sorted 2 pallets of potatoes (each pallet weighed approximately 1,000 lbs.) into 8 to 10 pound bags for redistribution at a food bank.
Gaylord, MI WFO sorted 2 pallets of potatoes (each pallet weighed approximately 1,000 lbs.) into 8 to 10 pound bags for redistribution at a food bank.
 
Sorting pallets of potatoes
Sorting pallets of potatoes
 
   
19 Grand Junction, CO WFO - Color Sunday Adventure Challenge

Their staff participated in "Color Sunday Adventure Challenge" by volunteering to set up the course and participating in the challenge itself.  More details are located here along with who it benefited: http://www.colorsundaychallenge.com/

   
20 Grand Rapids, MI WFO - Michigan Department of Natural Resources

They worked with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to remove invasive species from state parks in West Michigan.

   
21 Great Falls, MT WFO - FISH

Their staff volunteered at FISH which is a local organization that feeds the hungry.  FISH is located in the local food bank building along with Meals on Wheels.  Volunteers worked from 9 am to 11 am from October 1st through October 4th handing out food, stocking shelves, and filling bags with groceries, commodities, toiletries, and stamping bags.  Those involved were Don Britton, Scott Coulston, Nick Langlieb, Megan VanDenHeuvel, Brian Waranauskas, Les Therio, and John Blank.

 
WFO Great Falls, MT staff helping at FISH.
Great Falls staff helping out at FISH
WFO Great Falls, MT staff helping at FISH.
Great Falls staff helping out at FISH
 
   
22 Hastings, NE WFO - KIds Against Hunger

They packaged 5,400 meals for Kids Against Hunger.  These meals will be shipped across the United States as well as the rest of the world.

   
23 Houston/Galveston, TX WFO - Clean the Beach & Blood Drive

They participated in Clean the Beach activities on Galveston Island. They had 5 people that represented the office in this 1/2 day event on Galveston Island. They were assigned to go to Stewart Beach which is on the east end of the island. It was a fun day and the weather was outstanding and despite the beach being fairly clean they were able to pick up a lot of trash with plastic bottle caps being the biggest catch.

Cleaning Stewart Beach on Galveston Island
Cleaning Stewart Beach
on Galveston Island
 
  The office also hosted a blood drive at the Galveston County Emergency Management Facility where they are located. They arranged for the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center to come to the facility and to collect blood from participants. A total of 8 individuals from the NWS along with an additional 8 people from other agencies in the building participated in the blood drive.
   
24 Hydrologic Prediction Center (HPC) - D.C. Green Festival

Two members of their staff participated in the D.C. Green Festival.  The event showcases new techniques and tools for reducing the environmental impact of our personal and business activities.  The small crew from the HPC manned a 4-hour shift at one of the festival's waste stations.  We helped reach the festival's sustainability goals by instructing attendees which of their waste items could go to the compost and recycle bins rather than the landfill.

   
25 Indianapolis, IN WFO - Gleaners Food Bank

They collected 228 pounds of food for Gleaners Food Bank.

       
26 Jackson, KY WFO - Interfaith of Jackson KY, Tommy's Place, Operation Paperback

Their staff brought in 112 pounds of food for Interfaith of Jackson, KY.  They entertained seniors by playing games and spent time with them.  Two staff members volunteered 45 hours at their church during this week.  A staff member and his spouse volunteered at Tommy's Place (a youth center) on October 5th, and assisted the Catholic Church in putting together a clothing drive and helped sort the clothes during this week.  The staff held a book drive (15 donated) to send to soldiers overseas for Operation Paperback.  Finally, they gathered used cell phones.  These were mailed to a battered women's shelter.

   
27 La Crosse, WI WFO - School Supply Drive & WAFER

Their office held 2 activities during the 2012 NWS Week of Service.  On Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, they distributed school supplies to four schools (Lyle Elementary - Lyle, MN; Prairie View Elementary - De Soto, WI; Logan Middle - La Crosse, WI; and La Farge High/Middle - La Farge, WI). These supplies were brought into the office by their staff from mid-August through mid-September.  Shawn Donovan (La Farge Superintendent) said the following in a thank you note to the office:  "We would like to thank you for the generous donation of school supplies.  We have many families who struggle just to put food on the table let alone buy school supplies.  So...this is very much appreciated.  Thank you for all you do." 

On Thursday evening, 4 staff members volunteered at WAFER (our local food bank).  They served clients, stocked shelves, bagged rice, and placed labels on cans. 

School supplies donated by the NWS La Crosse staff
School supplies donated by the NWS La Crosse staff
 Jeff Boyne and Zack Taylor of WFO La Crosse process pallets of canned goods at the WAFER food pantry on October 4th. Other staff assisted clients in selecting groceries, and stocking the shelves.
Donated school supplies
Staff packing up school supplies.
Jeff Boyne and Zack Taylor of WFO La Crosse process pallets of canned goods at the WAFER food pantry on October 4th. Other staff assisted clients in selecting groceries, and stocking the shelves.
   
28 Las Vegas, NV WFO - Three Square Food Bank

They held a food drive in which they collected 354 pounds of food and $500 in gift cards to a local grocery store.  They also volunteered at the Three Square food bank in Las Vegas.  During the morning of October 3rd, the WFO staff spent the morning packing boxes in the volunteer room for the "Senior Share" Program, which provides food-insecure seniors with healthy supplemental groceries across the Las Vegas Valley.

 
 
 Packing up the food
Packing up the food

Loading up the food
Loading up the food

WFO Las Vegas, NV held a very successful food drive.  Pictured are some of those helped make it so successful. Back Row: John Adair, Lead; Stan Czyzyk, SOO; Barry Pierce, Lead Front Row: Mike Kennedy, General; Mike Staudenmaier, MIC; Reid Wolcott, General; Andy Gorelow, General; Ryan Metzger, Intern
WFO Las Vegas, NV held a very successful food drive. Pictured are some of those who made it so successful. Back Row: John Adair, Lead; Stan Czyzyk, SOO; Barry Pierce, Lead Front Row: Mike Kennedy, General; Mike Staudenmaier, MIC; Reid Wolcott, General; Andy Gorelow, General; Ryan Metzger, Intern
   
29 Los Angeles/Oxnard, CA WFO - Oxnard Food Share

Eight members of their staff package 1,300 pounds of food in a couple hours at the Oxnard Food Share.  They sorted food and then packaged it for shipment the next day.  Food Share does so much for the community including supplying food for several food pantries, soup kitchens as well as churches and anyone who comes in who needs food.  It was a pleasure working with this organization.  They are planning on going back there next spring and fall.

WFO Los Angeles/Oxnard, CA staff members that volunteered at Food Share. From left to right: Alice Carretero, Kathy Hoxsie, Eric Boldt, Ron from Food Share, Mark Jackson, Curt Kaplan, Rich Thompson, and Scott Sukup.
WFO Los Angeles/Oxnard, CA staff members that volunteered
at Food Share. From left to right: Alice Carretero, Kathy Hoxsie,
Eric Boldt, Ron from Food Share, Mark Jackson, Curt Kaplan, Rich
Thompson, and Scott Sukup.
   
30 Medford, OR WFO - Food Drive, Don Jones Memorial Park, & the Cleanup of Bear Creek

Their office participated in three community service projects during the week.  As an office, they collected four large boxes of food to donate to their local food bank.  This food bank helps those in need, ranging from those who just need to supplement their food supply to those who have nothing.

Another event was held at Don Jones Memorial Park; home to the Oregon Fallen War Heroes Memorial.  The park honors citizens of Oregon lost in the Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I & II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm, and the Iraq War.  The service project was the construction of 36 raised beds for a community garden at the park.  The beds were built on site, filled with soil, and finally, the walkways between beds were covered with gravel.  The garden will be cared for by volunteers and the food will be shared with people in need throughout the community. 

 WFO Medford, OR staff members helping to build 36 raised beds which will be used to grow vegetables for those in need.
WFO Medford, OR staff members helping to build 36 raised beds which will be used to grow vegetables for those in need.
 
  The third event attended by some staff and their families, was the cleanup of Bear Creek which flows through the heart of Medford.  The event was sponsored by local businesses and the Bear Creek Watershed Council.  The businesses provided snacks and prizes.  All three events were very successful and gave them a great chance to serve.
   
31 Memphis, TN WFO - Mid-South Food Bank

They supported the Mid-South Food Bank for the second year. The Food Bank provided boxes for donations. The office filled all six donation boxes, and raised a total of $125.00 in cash money. As a result, WFO Memphis was able to provide 278 meals.

   
32 Miami, FL WFO and the National Hurricane Center - Curley's Place Shelter

Bob Ebaugh, OPL at WFO Miami and Jannette Perez from NHC delivered 133 pounds of supplies and food to Curley's Place Shelter as part of the Fed's Feeding Families campaign.

Miami, FL WFO and the National Hurricane Center - Bob Ebaugh, OPL at WFO Miami and Jannette Perez from NHC delivered 133 lbs of supplies and food to Curley's Place Shelter as part of the Fed's Feeding Families campaign.
   
33 Minneapolis, MN WFO, North Central River Forecast Center, and the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center - Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)

Their staffs hand packed 7,128 meals at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) in Chanhassen, MN on Thursday, October 4th.  These meals will provide 20 children with one meal per day for an entire year.  FMSC sends meals to nearly 70 countries to help those suffering from severe malnutrition, and also provided meals to victims in the aftermath of the Joplin tornado and Hurricane Katrina.  These meals will be shipped to Columbia.

Minneapolis, MN WFO, North Central River Forecast Center, and the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center hand packed 7,128 meals at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) in Chanhassen, MN on Thursday, October 4th.
Packed 7,128 meals for Feed My
Starving Children (FMSC)

on Thursday, October 4th.
   
34 Missoula, MT WFO - National Public Lands Day

They had eight representatives and their family members participate in an event commemorating National Public Lands Day on September 29th.  They spent 3 hours building, sanding, and staining picnic tables to be used at the new Fort Missoula Regional Park. The picnic tables were built of lumber milled from logs recovered at the base of two area dams which had recently been removed.  They followed the same picnic table schematics as those built between 1933 and 1942 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) which was a public work relief program developed as a part of the New Deal for unemployed, unmarried men between the ages of 17 and 23.

The Montana Conservation Corps, a modern local non-profit program which trains, mentors and utilizes young adults much in the same way as the original CCC, was our host and provided each volunteer team with a guide to help us through the project.

WFO Missoula, MT staff built, sanded, and  painted picnic tables as part of National Public Lands Day.  From L to R: Luke Robinson, Marty Whitmore, Dan Zumpfe, Shannon Dickerson, Jeff Kitsmiller, Lisa Whitmore, Laura Zumpfe and Corby Dickerson
WFO Missoula, MT staff built, sanded, and painted picnic tables as part of National Public Lands Day.  From L to R: Luke Robinson, Marty Whitmore, Dan Zumpfe, Shannon Dickerson, Jeff Kitsmiller, Lisa Whitmore, Laura Zumpfe and Corby Dickerson
  Also in attendance that day were dozens of original CCC members who were invited to celebrate the beginnings of a new Fort Missoula Regional Park, a project which a number of them worked to build back in the 1930s!  It was a very fun event, rich with history and the results of which will be utilized heavily in our community for many years to come.
   
35 Morrisontown, TN WFO - Central Services

They had a small team volunteer at Central Services to give them a helping hand on setting up large metal shelving for their food stock. Central Services, Inc. is a non-profit agency that encompasses many different programs that provide financial assistance and crisis intervention counseling. The agency serves as a clearing house and distribution center for other local non-profit agencies.

   
36 Newport/Morehead City, NC WFO - Operation Christmas Child

They participated in Operation Christmas Child which is a Samaritan's Purse charity.  Shoe boxes were filled with various supplies and toys for children in need.  Each volunteer had the opportunity to choose a gender and age group for their shoe box.  They filled the shoe box with items they thought the girl or boy would enjoy given their age.  They also had the option to write a letter to this child and leave it in the box.  These boxes were then collected at the office and processed with bar codes for tracking. 

Newport/Morehead City, NC WFO participated in Operation Christmas Child which is a Samaritan’s Purse charity.  Shoe boxes were filled with various supplies and toys for children in need.
Filled shoe boxes with various supplies and toys for children in need for Operation Christmas Child.
  Once these boxes leave the office, they were sent to Charlotte where they are distributed across the world.  These boxes will be tracked as they travel to their destination and child.  Each volunteer will then get notified that their box had been received.  By our NWS volunteers taking the time to fill a box or two, they will drastically impact a child in need.  There are some inspirational stories about Operational Christmas Child that can be found at: Operation Christmas Child.
   
37 The NOAA agencies (Norman OK WFO, Storm Prediction Center - SPC, National Severe Storms Laboratory - NSSL, Radar Operations Center - ROC) and the University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology - Bethesda

They collected items such as art supplies, snacks, children's books, gift cards/money, office supplies, etc. for Bethesda.  Bethesda is an organization that heals and rehabilitates child victims of sexual abuse.  We collected enough items to fill two large storage totes and two large boxes.

Taunton, MA WFO and the Northeast River Forecast Center gathered approximately 125 lbs of nonperishable food items for the Coyle and Cassidy High School Food Pantry.
Collected items (art supplies, snacks, children's books, gift cards/money, office supplies, etc.) for Bethesda.
   
38 North Platte, NE WFO - Red Cross

Their staff volunteered at the Red Cross.  While there, they organized supplies and prepared outreach materials.

North Platte, NE WFO volunteered at the Red Cross.  While there, they organized supplies and prepared outreach materials.
Volunteered at the Red Cross
   
39 Omaha/Valley, NE WFO - Community Blood Drive

They held a community blood drive for the Red Cross and gave tours of the office.  Donors included members of the staff and residents from the local community.  Around 20 pints of blood were donated.

  The National Weather Service Office in Omaha/Valley, Nebraska held a community blood drive and gave tours of the office. Donors included members of the staff and residents from the local community.
Held a community blood drive
   
40 Pacific Region Headquarters - Crime Stoppers Honolulu

Rick Jackson has been a Crime Stoppers Honolulu volunteer for more than 10 years.  When Rick was young, his father requested that he help law enforcement whenever possible.  Rick’s support of CrimeStoppers Honolulu is something that Rick is passionate about, and helps fulfill his father’s wishes.

  The National Weather Service Office in Omaha/Valley, Nebraska held a community blood drive and gave tours of the office. Donors included members of the staff and residents from the local community.
Rick Jackson has been a CrimeStoppers Honolulu volunteer for more than 10 years
   
41 Paducah, KY WFO - Martha's Vineyard

Their office held a food drive.  They collected enough food to fill 2 grocery carts.  They also volunteered at Martha's Vineyard which prepared and delivers food to the less fortunate in Paducah and the surrounding area.  While there, the staff members peeled, seeded, and cut up boxes of apples to make apple sauce.

   
42 Phoenix, AZ WFO's - Autism Speaks & Desert Foothills Land Trust

General Forecaster Marvin Percha and his daughter participated in a fund raising walk in support of an autism research project being conducted at Arizona State University.  Marvin's two young sons are involved in the project, so it has special significance.  On October 11th and 18th, General Forecaster Austin Jamison attended Docent training for the Desert Foothills Land Trust (DFLT).  The Trust has a number of land parcels that they manage for conservation purposes.  The training so far has focused on botany in the field.  Additional sessions will cover fauna and geology.  In addition, SOO Doug Green and ASA Kate Stockton participated in a fund raising walk for Autism Speaks.

 WFO Phoenix, AZ General Forecaster Austin Jamison attended Docent training for the Desert Foothills Land Trust (DFLT).  He is the 4th from the left.
General Forecaster Austin Jamison attended Docent training for the Desert Foothills Land Trust (DFLT).  He is the 4th from the left.
       
43 Pittsburgh, PA WFO - Pittsburg Cares

They volunteered for an organization called Pittsburgh Cares.  They participated in the Homeless Veterans Day Program on October 1st from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  This involved serving homeless veterans of war breakfast and lunch, and also helping clean up at the homeless shelter.  It was an experience that really puts life in perspective as to how fortunate we all are.

Pittsburgh, PA WFO volunteered for an organization called Pittsburgh Cares.  They participated in the Homeless Veterans Day Program on October 1st from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM.
Pittsburgh, PA WFO volunteered for an organization called Pittsburgh Cares.  They participated in the Homeless Veterans Day Program on October 1st from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM.
 
Participated in the Homeless Veterans Day Program on October 1st from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM
Participated in the Homeless Veterans Day Program on October 1st from 8:00 AM until 2:00 PM
 
   
44 Portland, OR WFO - Northwest Children's Outreach

They volunteered at Northwest Children's Outreach. While there, they sepnt a few hours packing shoes, clothes, toys and school supplies for kids within families in need.  They thought it was a great time knowing they were helping these kids get excited to have warm clothes for school.

Portland, OR WFO volunteered at the Northwest Children's Outreach.
Volunteering at the Northwest
Children's Outreach.
   
45 Reno, NV WFO - Food Pantry

They volunteered at the food pantry on October 2nd and 3rd. Food bags were organized to give to families in need in the Reno area.

Wilmington, OH WFO and the Ohio River Forecast Center collected monetary and item donations for the two humane societies in town.  They raised over 60 lbs of food as well as many toys for the animals to play with.  The staff also raised over $165 for both of the humane societies.
Volunteered at the food pantry on October 2nd and 3rd. Food bags were organized to give to families in need in the Reno area.
   
46 Riverton, WY WFO - Food Drive

Their office collected food donations for a local food bank.

   
47

Sacramento, CA WFO and California Nevada River Forecast Center - Children's Receiving Home of Sacramento

WFO Sacramento and The California Nevada RFC 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.

WFO Sacramento and The California Nevada RFC 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.

   
48 Salt Lake City, UT Central Weather Service Unit (CWSU) - Stuffed Animals for Emergencies (SAFE), Loving Hugs, & Halloween Candy Drive for Operations Gratitude

Their office collected over 150 stuffed animals for Stuffed Animals for Emergencies (SAFE) and Loving Hugs.  They also filled 2 large flat rate priority mail boxes with candy, tooth brushes, and tooth paste.  These boxes were sent to the troops stationed in war zones as part of a Halloween Candy Drive for Operation Gratitude.

   
49 San Angelo, TX WFO - Soup Kitchen

Their staff worked at a local soup kitchen.

   
50 San Diego, CA WFO - San Diego Food Bank & Senior Food Share

Staff members volunteered at the San Diego Food Bank on September 27th.  A group consisting of MIC Roger Pierce, forecaster Brandt Maxwell, and meteorologist intern Tina Stall spent a two-hour shift packing boxes of food, assembly-line style, for the Senior Food Program.  This particular program provides one box of supplemental food each month to eligible low-income senior citizens aged 60 and over. 

Tina, Brandt and Roger spent the evening opening boxes of the various foods and keeping the assembly line stocked with those items. The shift of approximately 30 people managed to pack 907 boxes of food, which weighed in at a total of approximately 27,210 pounds!

WFO Las Vegas, NV held a very successful food drive.  Pictured are some of those helped make it so successful. Back Row: John Adair, Lead; Stan Czyzyk, SOO; Barry Pierce, Lead Front Row: Mike Kennedy, General; Mike Staudenmaier, MIC; Reid Wolcott, General; Andy Gorelow, General; Ryan Metzger, Intern
Meteorologist intern Tina Stall 
helping out at the San Diego Food Bank.
  It was a fun and very rewarding evening for all involved.  In addition to volunteering their time at the food bank itself, WFO San Diego also held a nonperishable food drive at the office and donated those items to the food bank.  It was a fun and very rewarding event for all involved.
   
51 San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey, CA WFO - Monterey County Food Bank

Their staff volunteered at the Monterey County Food Bank in Salinas, California.  They had eleven members of our staff volunteer at the Food Bank. Over 1,000 packages of food were packed over a two day period (October 1st and 2nd) by the WFO Monterey volunteers!

 Some of the staff members from San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey, CA WFO volunteering at the Monterey County Food Bank in Salinas, CA.
Some of the staff members from San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey, CA WFO volunteering at the Monterey County Food Bank in Salinas, CA.
   
52 San Joaquin Valley/Hanford, CA WFO - Hanford Salvation Army

Their staff and family members helped prepare and serve Sunday dinner at the Hanford Salvation Army on September 30th.

San Joaquin Valley/Hanford, CA WFO staff and family members helped prepare and serve Sunday dinner at the Hanford Salvation Army on September 30th. Pictured are Toni Vasquez and her husband, Forecaster Modesto Vasquez, Forecaster Cindy Bean, WCM James Brotherton, Salvation Army Major Orpha Moody, ASA Terry Johnson, ET Tim Johnson, Intern Jim Andersen and his children Emily and Jimmy.
Pictured are Toni Vasquez and her husband, Forecaster Modesto Vasquez, Forecaster Cindy Bean, WCM James Brotherton, Salvation Army Major Orpha Moody, ASA Terry Johnson, ET Tim Johnson, Intern Jim Andersen and his children Emily and Jimmy.
   
53 Shreveport WFO, LA - Northwest Louisiana Food Bank

Their staff volunteered at the Northwest Louisiana Food Bank on Wednesday. October 3rd. The group spent about an hour and a half packing 96 boxes of food to be distributed to senior citizens across Northwest Louisiana. One of their forecasters even brought his 9 year old son to help out as well! The group really enjoyed working for a great cause, and they plan to make volunteer service a more frequent activity for their office in the future.

   
54 Sioux Falls, SD WFO - Susan G Komen Race for a Cure & Habitat for Humanity

A few staff members participated in the Susan G Komen Race for a Cure on Sunday (September 30). In addition to this, the staff members donated their time and talents to Habitat for Humanity by hanging drywall at a house being built to benefit the community on Wednesday October 3rd.

The Sioux Falls NWS Office kicked off the NWS Week of Service with Susan G Komen run on September 30th. They had 4 people participate in the run. They included from left to right Sally Pavlow Johnson (MIC), Marc Chenard (general forecaster), Jen Hacker (lead forecaster) and Brad Temeyer (general forecaster).  Jen Hacker (WFO Sioux Falls, SD lead forecaster) is assisting the project manager and the future home owner in hanging drywall. Sally Pavlow Johnson (WFO Sioux Falls, SD Meteorologist-in-Charge) is cutting dry wall.
WFO Sioux Falls, SD kicked off the NWS Week of Service with Susan G Komen run on September 30th. They had 4 people participate in the run. They included from left to right Sally Pavlow Johnson (MIC), Marc Chenard (general forecaster), Jen Hacker (lead forecaster) and Brad Temeyer (general forecaster).
Jen Hacker (WFO Sioux Falls, SD lead forecaster) is assisting the project manager and the future home owner in hanging drywall.
Sally Pavlow Johnson (WFO Sioux Falls, SD Meteorologist-in-Charge)
Sally Pavlow Johnson (WFO Sioux Falls, SD) is putting adhesive on the wall prior to hanging drywall.
Jen Hacker and Brad Temeyer (both from WFO Sioux Falls, SD) are hanging dry wall on the backside of a stairwell.
 
Sally Pavlow Johnson (WFO Sioux Falls, SD) is putting adhesive on the wall prior to hanging drywall.
Jen Hacker and Brad Temeyer (both from WFO Sioux Falls, SD) are hanging dry wall on the backside of a stairwell.
 
   
55 Tampa Bay, FL WFO - Feeding America Tampa Bay

Their office conducted a food drive for the Feeding America Tampa Bay organization. They collected over 80 pounds of non-perishables during the drive. A few of the staff also participated in area 5Ks benefiting various charities.

NWS Tampa Bay Area, FL hosted a food drive for Feeding America Tampa Bay, collecting over 80 lbs of food!  In the picture above is Jen Colson (Forecaster), Charlie Paxton (Scientific Operations Officer - SOO), Michael Louis (Meteorologist Intern), and Brian LaMarre (Meteorologist-in-Charge).
In the picture above is Jen Colson (Forecaster), Charlie Paxton (Scientific Operations Officer - SOO), Michael Louis (Meteorologist Intern), & Brian LaMarre (Meteorologist-in-Charge).
   
56 Tiyan, Guam WFO - International Coastal Community Clean-up

Their staff participated in the International Coastal Community Clean-up.

WFO Guam participates in the International Coastal Community Clean-up
International Coastal
Community Clean-up
   
57 Topeka, KS WFO - Head For The Cure 5K & Harvesters

A few staff members participated in the Head For The Cure 5k run, an event to raise funds for brain cancer research. Their staff also gathered more than 200 pounds of food for their local food bank (Harvesters).

   
58 Topeka, Wichita, Springfield, and Kansas City/Pleasant Hill WFOs - 2012 Great NWS President's Challenge Champion

These 4 offices held a friendly fitness competition via the "President's Challenge". This competition runs from September 10th through October 6th (the last day of the National Week of Service).  Participants in the challenge donated to a charity of choice based on fitness goals, or simply a flat rate.  WFO Pleasant Hill came from behind to win the 2012 Great NWS President's Challenge Champion. The 4 offices combined to raise nearly $3000 for more than 20 different charitable causes

   
59 Tucson, AZ WFO - Community Food Bank of Tuscon

Their staff volunteered at the Community Food Bank of Tucson on October 3rd.  The Food Bank was in a bind as they had recently conducted inventory that resulted in a tremendous amount of donated non-perishable food being “backed up” in their holding area.  The food needed to be sorted quickly not only so it could be best utilized, but also to make room in the warehouse staging area so that normal operations could more easily continue. 

As the WFO Tucson crew tackled this task, the Food Bank coordinator commented to WFO Tucson NWOC S organizer WCM Ken Drozd, "Some of our workers were getting nervous about all this food backing up, but I told them that I had a great group coming in today that would take care of the job quickly";

WFO Tuscon helped out at a local community food bank.
WCM Ken Drozd, SOO John Brost, ET Rick Leupold, ESA Chris Carney, MIC Glen Sampson and Laura Sampson (Glenn's wife who took this picture) helped at the food bank.
   
60 Western Region Headquarters (WRH) in Salt Lake City, UT - Salt Lake City's Crossroads

Staff members volunteered an evening of their time to work at Salt Lake City's Crossroads on Thursday evening, October 4.  This was the second year in a row, a group of employees from WRH volunteered an evening of their time to work at the Salt Lake City's Crossroads Urban Center Crossroads Urban Center helps low-income people in Salt Lake City and throughout Utah. 

Ten people from NWS Western Region Headquarters in Salt Lake City, UT volunteered at the Salt Lake City's Crossroads Urban Center Crossroads Urban Center.
Volunteering at the Salt Lake City's Crossroads Urban Center Crossroads Urban Center.
  Crossroads operates one of the busiest emergency food pantries in the state and a free/low-cost thrift store.  They are a nonprofit, grassroots organization that assists low income, disabled and minority Utahans meet basic survival needs and addresses essential issues affecting their quality of life.  They provide relief and hope to people who often don't have anywhere else to turn.  This year, our merry band of 10 volunteers put a fresh coat of paint on the front porch of the Crossroads center, painted some interior stairs, prepared baby care and pet care to go packs and did some general cleaning.  Additionally, we held an Italian luncheon for all employees at WRH on Tuesday, October 2, asking for donations of $5 from those who had lunch.  This voluntary fund raising effort generated $130 that we were able to donate to Crossroads to help with increased assistance costs this winter.  Glenn Bailey, executive director of Crossroads, wrote us a nice thank-you note for our efforts.  "I just wanted to thank you again for the work and the donation of $130 to Crossroads.  You guys were great to work with!  We really appreciate the help.  Please express our appreciation to everyone involved."
   
61 Wilmington, NC WFO - Masonboro Island Estuarine Reserve

Four members of their staff (Carl Morgan, Steve Pfaff, Rachel Gross-Zouzias and Michael Perdue) and their families kayak to one of the dredge spoil islands in the Masonboro Island Estuarine Reserve to clean up litter and marine debris. Masonboro and the dredge spoil islands are only accessible by boat, but the trash problem has increased in recent years as more people have found out about them and utilized the islands for recreation.  Approximately 150 pounds of trash was collected.  Everyone had a great time and we are already planning a similar trip for the spring.

Wilmington, NC WFO had four members of their staff (Carl Morgan, Steve Pfaff, Rachel Gross-Zouzias and Michael Perdue) and their families kayak to one of the dredge spoil islands in the Masonboro Island Estuarine Reserve to clean up litter and marine debris.
Wilmington, NC WFO had four members of their staff (Carl Morgan, Steve Pfaff, Rachel Gross-Zouzias and Michael Perdue) and their families kayak to one of the dredge spoil islands in the Masonboro Island Estuarine Reserve to clean up litter and marine debris.
Wilmington, NC WFO had four members of their staff (Carl Morgan, Steve Pfaff, Rachel Gross-Zouzias and Michael Perdue) and their families kayak to one of the dredge spoil islands in the Masonboro Island Estuarine Reserve to clean up litter and marine debris.
Wilmington, NC WFO had four members of their staff (Carl Morgan, Steve Pfaff, Rachel Gross-Zouzias and Michael Perdue) and their families kayak to one of the dredge spoil islands in the Masonboro Island Estuarine Reserve to clean up litter and marine debris.
Wilmington, NC WFO had four members of their staff (Carl Morgan, Steve Pfaff, Rachel Gross-Zouzias and Michael Perdue) and their families kayak to one of the dredge spoil islands in the Masonboro Island Estuarine Reserve to clean up litter and marine debris.
 
   
62 Wilmington, OH WFO & the Ohio River Forecast Center - Humane Society & Adopt-A-Highway

Their offices collected monetary and item donations for the two humane societies in town.  They raised over 60 pounds of food as well as many toys for the animals to play with.  The staff also raised over $165 for both of the humane societies.  Lastly, they are going to Adopt-A-Highway segment.

Wilmington, OH WFO and the Ohio River Forecast Center collected monetary and item donations for the two humane societies in town.  They raised over 60 lbs of food as well as many toys for the animals to play with.  The staff also raised over $165 for both of the humane societies.
Collected monetary and item donations for the two humane societies in town.

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