During the week of September 25th through October 1st, all National Weather Service weather forecast offices, regional and national centers, river forecast offices, and central weather service units have been invited to participate in the first annual National Week of Service. The National Weather Service is a service organization, and serves the public by providing forecasts and warnings; however, this national effort takes that desire to serve outside the walls of the forecast offices to help the less fortunate members of our various communities. Across the country, offices are headed out into the community to voluntarily serve with an organization of their choice. This concerted effort reaches out to those in need, and demonstrates a unified commitment to service beyond the context of NWS jobs.
As a part of the National Week of Service, NWS Sioux Falls staff and family members volunteered at the Sioux Falls Ministry Center on September 27th. Projects tackled by the group included window washing, cleaning, organizing, and painting. Within the forecast office, staff members are also collecting clothing and household items for donation to Goodwill centers in Sioux Falls.
As an organization, it is our hope that this campaign will shed a positive light on the lives of those we serve, and will enhance servant leadership skills at work and at home. The event should also spur or augment leadership within NWS offices throughout the nation. Ultimately, the hope for this project is that it will faciliate frequent, unified NWS-wide volunteer activities in our communities.