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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, April 20th

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.gov) and 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 March and April, 2019.

TSA Volunteer Decoy NEW DATES.docx

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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ACOA Volunteer Opportunity @ PHS Symposium 

 Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Are you attending the upcoming PHS Symposium in Minneapolis, MN and looking for an opportunity to volunteer and interact with other Officers

The ACOA merchandise store is seeking 2-3 volunteers to assist with merchandise sales on Wednesday, May 8th (Category Day). Participants should be available for at least 2-4 hours. Retirees are welcome to volunteer as well. Training will be provided on-site and a letter of appreciation will be provided at the end of the ACOA operational year. 

If you are interested, please contact LCDR Shayne Gallaway at ACOApridestore@gmail.com

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ACOA Volunteer Opportunity 

Surgeon General’s 5K Virtual Run Event Leader

 May 7-12, 2019

Can you run a 5K?

Great! ACOA is looking for an Event Leader to host one of several Surgeon General’s 5K Virtual Run events in the Atlanta Metro area between May 7-12, 2019. This will be an informal event…no racing bibs, water stations, official markings, etc. You must be a current ACOA member to host this event. This event, which is open to the public, will be posted on the Public Health Service Athletics event page.

The Surgeon General’s 5K Run/Walk Series is an annual week-long event that the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps officers lead to increase awareness of public health issues and promote physical activity in our local communities throughout the country.

If you are interested, please email LCDR Rachel Cook (rachael.cook@fda.hhs.gov) and LT Bradley Goodwin (ylm@cdc.gov) by WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10th with the following information.

 1. Event Leader(s) Name, phone number, email address (to be posted).

2. Date and time of the event to be hosted on any day from May 7th-12th.

3. Location of public trail, park, etc. and route; ensure location can support a 5K course (loops are OK).

4. Method of tracking distance (phone app, etc.).

Event Lead selection will be made by Tuesday, April 16th.

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Volunteer at the Atlanta Community Food Bank Product Rescue Center

The Product Rescue Center provides quality food, beverages, and health products to over 800 non-profit partner agencies in Metro Atlanta and the North Georgia area. In turn, these partner agencies distribute these products to individuals and families in need. Volunteers make this possible by sorting, inspecting, and packing donated items for these groups. The Product Rescue Center is a fun, hands-on project!

When: Saturday, May 11, 2019

Shift: 900 to 1200 (20 volunteers needed)

Where: The Atlanta Community Food Bank (http://www.acfb.org/projects/product_rescue_center/volunteer.shtml )
732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd., NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Phone: (404) 892-9822

Volunteer guidelines: Volunteers must be able to lift 20-40 lbs and stand for prolonged periods of time. Volunteers must be at least eight years old. Persons under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Appropriate Attire: Volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable attire. USPHS t-shirt is appropriate.  Please be mindful of the fact that this volunteer opportunity occurs in a warehouse. High heels, flip flops, and sandals are not permitted in the facility for your safety.

Waivers: Liability and Media Release Waivers (with additional instructions) will be provided once the volunteer is confirmed.

Directions: http://www.acfb.org/info/location/Please email CDR Darrlyn Cornelius-Averhart (zrv4@cdc.gov or 770.488.1235) & LT Steven Rush (Steven.Rush@fda.hhs.gov) by May 3, 2019, to sign up or for more information. 

To sign up, please include the following information in your email:  Name & Rank, PHS# & Employee ID, Agency, Telephone#, email & Mailstop.

Are you a member of ACOA?

Additional instructions will be provided to volunteers prior to the event. 

Preference will be given to current ACOA members. ACOA members will be provided with a letter of appreciation from ACOA at the end of the year that can be included in your eOPF. 

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