NEWS | July 12, 2011

First 6 volunteer opportunities can make the most of your career

By Airman 1st Class Michael Thorndike First 6 membership officer

The Joint Base Charleston First 6 is a professional organization which focuses on providing junior enlisted service members a forum for making the most of their military careers. The organization is open to all pay grades from E-1 through E-6.

The volunteer opportunities listed below are just a few of many the First 6 supports and are available to all members of Joint Team Charleston. Points of contact are listed for each event, as well as links to websites to make an informed decision on which to volunteer for.

Berkeley Country School District Stuff the Bus: Budget cuts are challenging our schools and Berkeley County School District is jumping on board to "Stuff the Bus" with school supplies for the coming school year. Donations are solicited at area retailers and then distributed to local schools. Volunteers are needed to help with data entry or collecting, sorting and counting donations during and after the event. Contact Kathie Sizemore at 899-8611 or email at

Mayor's Office of Children Youth and Families - City of Charleston First Day Festival: The First Day Festival is a national initiative that celebrates education and generates widespread parental and community support for schools with the excitement of the beginning of a new school year. Volunteer opportunities include greeting festival attendees, assisting with kid's games, assisting exhibitors, handing out water, school supplies and food samples, assisting with boat rides and more. There will be a number of pre-festival opportunities in July and early August as well. The festival is Aug. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. To volunteer, contact Robyn Mulligan at 956-4190 or email at