Whiteman encourages its members to volunteer

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  • By Airman 1st Class Montse Ramirez
  • 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
"Daily we selflessly give to our family, our community and our nation for the common goal of building a better tomorrow," -- Whiteman Enlisted Spouses' Club motto.

The WESC is one of the many volunteer organizations at this Air Force Global Strike Command base whose goal is to help the community and its members.

"Any contribution you give to your community can impact someone in a positive way," said Debbie Kermick, Whiteman AFB volunteer coordinator and a 35-year volunteer. "I believe the strength of a community lies within its volunteers."

Cassie Belton, WESC president, agrees, and said volunteering not only helps the community, but is also a great resume builder, a way to make lifelong friendships and create job and life skills.

According to Mrs. Belton, the WESC participates in programs such as Angel Tree, Relay for Life, the Whiteman AFB College Scholarship Program, Special Olympics Missouri and breast cancer bingo. The main source of income for WESC is the thrift store, and she said they're always looking for volunteers.

"Since we live in a rural community, it's easy to feel isolated and not want to participate," Mrs. Belton said.

"There is always something you can do to contribute; you can do anything from building a social media webpage, make flyers or organize luncheons," she said. "You just need to find your cup of tea."

Mrs. Belton also encouraged Team Whiteman to get involved in community activities or join a group such as the WESC, officer spouse's club or girl scouts.

"It's all about having fun and paying it forward," Mrs. Belton said. "It's a win-win situation; you just have to have the right attitude."

"We only go through life once, so why not make the best out of it?" Mrs. Kermick said. "If you don't want to do it for others, do it for yourself or for a sense of accomplishment."

According to Mrs. Kermick, some members aren't able to volunteer because they do not have childcare available. She said free childcare is available for volunteers who need it.
For more information about volunteering, contact Debbie Kermick at (660) 687-7668.