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Julie McRee, volunteer of the year, Col. Timothy McNulty and youth volunteer of the year Amy Yarbrough hold a mock check Wednesday representing the $1.5 million the Area II command saved through the help of more than 1,400 volunteers over the last year.
Julie McRee, volunteer of the year, Col. Timothy McNulty and youth volunteer of the year Amy Yarbrough hold a mock check Wednesday representing the $1.5 million the Area II command saved through the help of more than 1,400 volunteers over the last year. (Jeremy Kirk / S&S)

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Volunteers donated more than 92,000 hours over the past year in Area II at a variety of base offices, making them a crucial part of the work force, officials said Wednesday during a sunny lunchtime ceremony at the Dragon Hill Lodge, as a handful received awards for their efforts.

Those volunteer hours — calculated at an hourly wage of around $16.54 — meant the command saved more than $1.5 million, said Faitheleen Henderson, installation volunteer coordinator.

A mock check for that amount was presented to Area II and Col. Timothy McNulty, the 34th Support Group commander. Henderson said more than 1,400 volunteers had registered at her office.

“Volunteers are one of our country’s most valuable resources,” Henderson said. “They serve in a variety of capacities and their contributions are immeasurable.”

McNulty agreed, saying, “You are very important people who make this community run.” He encouraged them to make volunteering a family activity.

Those recognized as volunteers of the quarter included youth volunteer Domenique Cagkler, Paloma Christopher, Kyle Cottrell, Tyler Fortier, Patricia Frobe, Tracie Gurney, Kris Messana-Gibson, Sherrie Yarbrough and Sylvia You.

Paul P. Dennison was named youth volunteer of the quarter. He serves as a representative of Yongsan Youth Services during the regional Middle School and Team Leadership Design Team Training. His volunteering has encompassed improving the quality of life for the military and civilian community at Yongsan and Hannam Village housing area, officials said.

Named adult volunteer of the quarter was Judy Vore, who worked extensively on the Army Family Action Plan conference. She found 15 volunteers within three days to work on the AFAP staff, Henderson said.

Amy Yarbrough was named youth volunteer of the year. Yarbrough is a leader in training with the Girl Scouts, responsible for planning the Girl Scout program at the troop level. She has been in that role for more than four years, in addition to being a positive role model, officials said.

Those recognized as nominees for volunteer of the year included youth volunteer Michelle Miles, Marcia Bouchard, Matthew Brown, Tracie Gurney, Candy Johnson, Tara Popp, Carole Queen, Maria Stafford, Maggie Welch, Mark White and Hosum Yu.

Julie McRee was named adult volunteer of the year for her marketing work for the Army Family Team Building and Army Family Action Plan programs. She was cited for her “selfless commitment and dedication to the community,” Henderson said.

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