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Call to Volunteer at the USO!

 Join us in this rewarding service opportunity! 

The United Service Organization’s (USO) mission is to enhance the quality of life of United States Armed Forces personnel and their families worldwide. Their flagship operation is the Jean Amos Center at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The Atlanta USO is located in the world’s busiest airport and assists thousands of servicemen and women, and their families, every year.

When: Saturday, May 18th

Saturday, June 15th

Saturday, July 20th

Saturday, August 17th

Shift: We staff the USO every 3rd Saturday of each month in two shifts. Each shift is staffed with 3-4 officers. Shift 1 is from 0900 to 1200 and Shift 2 is from 1200 to 1500. 

Attire: Service khakis or ODU.

Guidelines: Family members over the age of 18 are allowed to participate in this event. The USO does not allow volunteers under age 18. Officers are encouraged to bring food or water to donate to the USO on their own accord; however, this is not a requirement for participation. A list of recommended donations is provided before each volunteer date.

Please provide the information below to CDR Terrance Jones (tcj9@cdc.govand CAPT Stardust Mazzariello (Stardust.Mazzariello@fda.hhs.gov) if you are interested in volunteering:

  • Name & Rank

  • Employee ID

  • Agency

  • Telephone #

  • Preferred date and shift

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NEW DATES

Volunteers Needed: TSA-ATL Canine (K9) Training Program

Thank you for those officers who have volunteered to serve as decoys for the K9 Training Program! Atlanta’s Transportation Security Administration Unit (ATL-TSA) is still in need of volunteer decoys to assist with their ATL Passenger Screening Canine (K9) training program. Below are the volunteer dates for April and May 2019

TSA K9 Volunteer Decoy New Dates April 2019

The TSA constantly evaluates screening procedures in order to stay ahead of evolving threats. One of the TSA’s many layers of security is the Passenger Screening Canine (K9). In order to ensure their K9s are always ready for real time threats, the TSA constantly trains and tests the K9s’ abilities. The TSA utilizes decoys to ensure they create scenarios that will most resemble an everyday traveling environment. Volunteer decoys will serve as mock traveling passengers.

The Decoy Training Program is conducted inside the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport located at6000 N Terminal Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30320. Participants should park on the Lower level of the North (Blue) terminal across from the parking deck (Please note the attached pictures). Participants should not enter the actual parking deck. Park along the curb in the area where the TSA has marked the green circle in the photo. TSA-ATL is aware the posted signage in the designated parking area reads “No Parking or Stopping at any time.” To prevent towing, the participants will be required to provide the following information to Brandi Sangueza (Brandi.Sangueza@tsa.dhs.gov ) in support of parking in this area.   

  • Vehicle Make

  • Vehicle Model

  • Vehicle Color

  • Vehicle License Plate Number

  • Contact Phone Number

The attached guide provides details regarding where the participants should plan to meet the onsite POC as well as the POC’s respective contact information.

Participants will receive a letter of appreciation from the TSA for their service. ACOA members will receive a letter of appreciation from both ACOA and TSA.

In order to participate in this activity, officers will need to review the TSA Decoy Training Assistance Guide in its entirety, as well as sign and return the enclosed TSA Trainer Decoy Waiver. Please also pay close attention to the dress code requirements. In addition, please ensure that you receive supervisor approval if you desire to participate during duty hours.

Decoys will be needed for the following dates/times below. No more than 2 persons can be accommodated per shift. Decoys are needed on an on-going basis, however, the TSA places the request for decoys in two week intervals. The TSA would like volunteers to dedicate at least 2 hours to the training.

If you are interested in participating, please provide your date and time of interest along with your name, rank, category, employee ID, contact number and vehicle information, as well as the ACOA Trainer Decoy Waiver to LCDR Katrina Sloan (eie5@cdc.gov) and Brandi Sangueza ( Brandi.Sangueza@tsa.dhs.gov ). They will then forward your name to the TSA contact who will reach out to you with further details.

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St. Francis Table at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in downtown Atlanta is in need of volunteers to assist in their food program to feed the hungry. Each Saturday, St. Francis may feed as many as 500 people.

Volunteers should expect a variety of job assignments in preparation of a buffet-style setup in the dining hall. The food is either donated by or purchased from the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Please remember those who may be homeless and looking for their next meal or place of shelter. Your time & talent is much appreciated! 

WHEN: Saturday, June 29, 2019

WHERE: St. Francis Table at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

48 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303

SHIFT: 0700 to 1200 (15 volunteers needed)

Volunteer Guidelines: Volunteers may bring children who are at least 12 years of age, but children must be supervised at all times. Family members will be accommodated, if possible.

Appropriate Attire: Please dress appropriately for kitchen and dining hall work (closed-toe shoes only). A PHS t-shirt and jeans is appropriate. St. Francis will provide protective gloves for food handling.

Parking: The closest parking is the Underground Atlanta Parking deck at the corner of MLK and Central Avenue. Parking is approximately $11.00 to $15.00 per car. Unfortunately, the Shrine is unable to validate for parking on Saturdays. There is very limited free parking by the Shrine.

For more information about St. Francis Table: https://www.catholicshrineatlanta.org/saint-francis-table/st-francis-table-volunteer-registration/book

Please email CDR Johanna Gilstrap (gjf5@cdc.gov) and CDR Jacinta Smith (cvd2@cdc.gov ) by June 26 to sign up or to for more information. A reminder announcement will be sent prior to the event. Please include your name, rank, PHS#, email, and phone number in your email.

Preference will be given to current ACOA members.

ACOA members will receive a letter of appreciation at the end of the year which can be included in your eOPF. 

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This page last reviewed  May 30, 2019.

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