2nd Annual NWS National Week of Service

From September 30th through October 6th, the 122 National Weather Service offices, 21 Central Weather Service Units, 13 River Forecast Centers, 6 regional headquarters, and its 18 national centers will be holding their 2nd Annual NWS National Week of Community Service

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 this week, our staffs will make a concerted effort to reach out to help those who are in need in our communities.  All of these additional activities occur outside of our normal work hours.

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

  • Billings, MT WFO 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  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!
  • Boise, ID WFO 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 though the area.
  • Boulder/Denver, CO WFO 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.
  • Several Charleston, WV WFO staff members 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 were very appreciative.  In addition to this, our 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!
  • Cheyenne, WY WFO (Weather Forecast Office) held a Wish List Drive for the local homeless shelter, participated in the Soldier's Angels sock drive for their Holiday Packages to the Soldiers, and had a blood drive.
  • Chicago, IL WFO held a food drive.
  • Cleveland, OH WFO held a food and fund drive to benefit the Cleveland Food Bank.  Their office collected 95 lbs. of food and donated $62.  Cleveland Food Bank said 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. 
  • Des Moines, IA WFO provided and prepared a meal for their local Ronald McDonald house on Thursday, October 4th.
  • Detroit/Pontiac, MI WFO held a food drive for Gleaners of Southeast Michigan.  During this drive, they collected 156 pounds of food/supplies and $65 in monetary donations.
  • 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. While there, they also filled large bags with various other kinds of food items.  More than 100 families were served on that day.
  • Grand Rapids, MI WFO worked with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to remove invasive species from state parks in West Michigan.
  • Great Falls, MT WFO 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 Otcober 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.
  • Guam WFO participated in the International Coastal Community Clean-up.
  • Hastings, NE WFO 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.
  • Two members of the Hydrologic Prediction Center (HPC) 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.
  • Indianapolis, IN WFO collected 228 pounds of food for Gleaners Food Bank.
  • Jackson, KY WFO gathered 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.
  • La Crosse, WI WFO did two 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. 
  • Los Angeles/Oxnard, CA WFO had 8 members of their staff package 1300 lbs 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.
  • Las Vegas, NV WFO 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Medford, OR WFO 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.  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.
  • 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.  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 vicitims in the aftermath of the Joplin tornado and Hurricane Katrina.  The meals that these office packed will be shipped to Coulmbia.
  • Missoula, MT WFO 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.  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.
  • 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.  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.  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.
  • North Platte, NE WFO volunteered at the Red Cross.  While there, they organized supplies and prepared outreach materials.
  • NWS Western Regional Headquarters (WRH) in Salt Lake City, UT 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.  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 fundraising 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."
  • Omaha/Valley, NE WFO 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.
  • Paducah, KY WFO 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.
  • Phoenix, AZ WFO's 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.
  • 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.  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.
  • Pleasant Hill WFO, NWS Central Region Headquarters, NWS Training Center, Operations Proving Ground, Aviation Weather Center, Missouri Basin River Forecast Center, 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 “snackpacks” for the KC metro area snack backpack program. This group packed 1,025 snackpacks.  The evening shift sorted and bagged carrots.
  • Portland, OR WFO volunteered at the Northwest Children's Outreach, spending 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.
  • Reno, NV WFO volunteered at the food pantry on October 2nd and 3rd. Food bags were organized to give to families in need in the Reno area.
  • Riverton, WY WFO collected food donations for a local food bank.
  • Salt Lake City, UT Central Weather Service Unit (CWSU) collected over 150 suffed 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.
  • San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey, CA WFO 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!
  • San Joaquin Valley/Hanford, CA WFO staff and family members helped prepare and serve Sunday dinner at the Hanford Salvation Army on September 30th.
  • San Diego, CA WFO 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!  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.
  • Sioux Falls, SD WFO participated in the Susan G Komen Race for a Cure on Sunday (September 30). In addition, 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.
  • Tampa Bay, FL WFO collected over 80 pounds of food during their Feeding America Tampa Bay food drive.
  • Taunton, MA WFO and the Northeast River Forecast Center 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 lbs 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. 
  • Tuscon, AZ WFO 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.”
  • 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. 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 lbs of trash was collected.  Everyone had a great time and we are already planning a similar trip for the spring.
  • 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.  Lastly, they are going to Adopt-A-Highway segment.
  • Topeka, Wichita, Springfield, and Pleasant Hill WFOs 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 are donating to a charity of choice based on fitness goals, or simply a flat rate.  All of these offices have been very active and aggressively going for the title of the 2012 Great NWS President's Challenge Champions!

Photos:

WFO Guam participates in the International Coastal Community Clean-up
School supplies donated by the NWS La Crosse staff
 School supplies donated by the NWS La Crosse staff
WFO Guam participates in the International Coastal Community Clean-up. School supplies donated by the La Crosse, WI WFO staff. La Crosse, WI WFO staff packing up school supplies.
  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. WFO Tuscon helped out at a local community food bank.    Jen Hacker (WFO Sioux Falls, SD lead forecaster) is assisting the project manager and the future home owner in hanging drywall.
WFO Omaha/Valley held a community blood drive and gave tours of the office.

 

WFO Tuscon, AZ volunteered at the Community Food Bank of Tucson on October 3rd.  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. Jen Hacker (WFO Sioux Falls, SD lead forecaster) is assisting the project manager and the future home owner in hanging drywall.
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). Sally Pavlow Johnson (WFO Sioux Falls, SD Meteorologist-in-Charge) is cutting dry wall. Sally Pavlow Johnson (WFO Sioux Falls, SD) is putting adhesive on the wall prior to hanging drywall.
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). 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. 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). 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.
Jen Hacker and Brad Temeyer (both from WFO Sioux Falls, SD) are hanging dry wall on the backside of a stairwell. WFO 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), & Brian LaMarre (Meteorologist-in-Charge). First of two groups from WFO Pleasant Hill MO, NWS CRH, NWSTC, AWC, MBRFC, and Kansas City CWSU volunteered 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. Pleasant Hill WFO, NWS CRH, NWSTC, AWC, MBRFC, and Kansas City CWSU staff members packing "snackpacks" at Harvesters. Pleasant Hill WFO, NWS CRH, NWSTC, AWC, MBRFC, and Kansas City CWSU staff members sorting carrots at Harvesters.
WFO Pleasant Hill MO, NWS CRH, NWSTC, AWC, MBRFC, and Kansas City CWSU  staff members packing "snackpacks" at Harvesters. WFO Pleasant Hill MO, NWS CRH, NWSTC, AWC, MBRFC, and Kansas City CWSU staff members packing "snackpacks" at Harvesters. WFO Pleasant Hill MO, NWS CRH, NWSTC, AWC, MBRFC, and Kansas City CWSU staff members sorting carrots at Harvesters.
Pleasant Hill WFO, NWS CRH, NWSTC, AWC, MBRFC, and Kansas City CWSU staff members sorting carrots at Harvesters. Pleasant Hill WFO, NWS CRH, NWSTC, AWC, MBRFC, and Kansas City CWSU staff members packing "snackpacks" at Harvesters. Pleasant Hill WFO, NWS CRH, NWSTC, AWC, MBRFC, and Kansas City CWSU staff members packing "snackpacks" at Harvesters.
WFO Pleasant Hill MO, NWS CRH, NWSTC, AWC, MBRFC, and Kansas City CWSU staff members sorting carrots at Harvesters. WFO Pleasant Hill MO, NWS CRH, NWSTC, AWC, MBRFC, and Kansas City CWSU staff members packing "snackpacks" at Harvesters. WFO Pleasant Hill MO, NWS CRH, NWSTC, AWC, MBRFC, and Kansas City CWSU staff members packing "snackpacks" at Harvesters.
 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).  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 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.
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).  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 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.
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 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  Thank you note received by WFO Billings, MT.
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 San Diego, CA meteorologist intern Tina Stall helping out at the San Diego Food Bank. Thank you note received by WFO Billings, MT.
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 Great Falls, MT staff helping at FISH. WFO Great Falls, MT staff helping at FISH.
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 Great Falls, MT staff members helping out at FISH. WFO Great Falls, MT staff members helping out at FISH.
  WFO Medford, OR staff members helping to build 36 raised beds which will be used to grow vegetables for those in need. 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.  Some of the staff members from San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey, CA WFO volunteering at the Monterey County Food Bank in Salinas, CA.
WFO Medford, OR staff members helping to build 36 raised beds which will be used to grow vegetables for those in need. 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. Some of the staff members from San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey, CA WFO volunteering at the Monterey County Food Bank in Salinas, CA.
  WFO Phoenix, AZ General Forecaster Austin Jamison attended Docent training for the Desert Foothills Land Trust (DFLT).  He is the 4th from the left.  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. Portland, OR WFO volunteered at the Northwest Children's Outreach.
WFO Phoenix, AZ General Forecaster Austin Jamison attended Docent training for the Desert Foothills Land Trust (DFLT).  He is the 4th from the left. 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. Portland, OR WFO volunteered at the Northwest Children's Outreach.
 Charleston, WV WFO held a food drive for Mountain Mission.  Several Charleston, WV WFO staff members volunteered at Little Victories Animal Rescue Shelter in Ona, WV on September 30th.  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.
Charleston, WV WFO held a food drive for Mountain Mission. Several Charleston, WV WFO staff members volunteered at Little Victories Animal Rescue Shelter in Ona, WV on September 30th. 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.  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.  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.
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. 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. 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.
North Platte, NE WFO volunteered at the Red Cross.  While there, they organized supplies and prepared outreach materials.  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.
North Platte, NE WFO volunteered at the Red Cross.  While there, they organized supplies and prepared outreach materials. 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.
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. 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, 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.
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, 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.
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.  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.
 Reno, NV WFO volunteered at the food pantry on October 2nd and 3rd. Food bags were organized to give to families in need in the Reno area. 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.
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.    
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 collected items such as art supplies, snacks, children's books, gift cards/money, office supplies, etc. for Bethesda.    


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