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HOUSTON – Navy Recruiting District Houston Sailors donated their time on June 13, 2014 as part of the command's community service day where Sailors participated in different community service projects across the Houston area, southeast Texas and southwest Arkansas.

Sailors participated in 11 different projects ranging from Habitat for Humanity construction projects, food bank donation sorting, assisting at summer reading programs, animal shelters, landscaping and donation sorting for a Houston-based homeless shelter.

Cryptologic Technician-Collection 1st Class Andres Martinez, Ship’s Serviceman 1st Class Rodney Goins and Gas Turbine System Technician-Mechanical 1st Class Serena Ruiz, attached to Navy Recruiting District Houston, sort donations at the Star of Hope Donation and Distribution Center on June 13, 2014 in Houston. Sailors were at the Star of Hope as part of NRD Houston’s community service day where Sailors from all of NRD Houston volunteered their time at 11 different sites throughout southeast Texas and southwest Arkansas. The community service day was a chance for Sailors to give back to the communities where they work and live. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jacob L. Dillon, Navy Recruiting District Houston Public Affairs)
Cryptologic Technician-Collection 1st Class Andres Martinez, Ship's Serviceman 1st Class Rodney Goins and Gas Turbine System Technician-Mechanical 1st Class Serena Ruiz, attached to Navy Recruiting District Houston, sort donations at the Star of Hope Donation and Distribution Center on June 13, 2014 in Houston. Sailors were at the Star of Hope as part of NRD Houston's community service day where Sailors from all of NRD Houston volunteered their time at 11 different sites throughout southeast Texas and southwest Arkansas. The community service day was a chance for Sailors to give back to the communities where they work and live. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jacob L. Dillon, Navy Recruiting District Houston Public Affairs)

For Chief Navy Counselor Adrian Quito, who volunteered at Houston's Star of Hope donation center, which assists homeless men, women and children, the community service day was more than about volunteering.

“The goal of the community service say is for us [Sailors] to give back the communities which support us,” Quito said. “We serve in communities where there are no Naval bases; so community service is a chance to get our faces out there and make people more aware of the things the Navy does and opportunities the Navy provides.”

Quito said the community service day was also about team building.

“Volunteering is a great opportunity for all of us to build camaraderie outside of the workplace and recruiting environment,” he said. “We can all come out and forget about work for a few hours and together we can help improve other people's lives.”

Scott Arthur, the director of public relations for Star of Hope, said it was excellent to see that the Sailors took time to volunteer, not only at Star of Hope, but at other locations across the area as well.

“I have much respect for these Sailors to see that they not only serve their country but their communities as well,” Arthur said.
Arthur said Star of Hope has a great history with the Navy.

“For the last 10 years we have established a relationship with Sailors in Houston,” he said. “It is wonderful to have these Sailors as role models at our centers. People at our centers see purpose, discipline and love of country in them. They send a great message to those at our centers.”

Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Jarmarcus Collins, who volunteered at a Goodwill donation center, said it is important to him personally to volunteer.

“I think volunteering and giving back to the community is very important,” Collins said. “We live and work in these communities; so we must show that we have a vested interest in giving back. We are America's Navy, people need to know we serve everywhere from our communities to around the globe.”

At the end of the day, Sailors built houses, beautified landscapes, organized and distributed donations and, lastly, improved their communities and the lives of the people in those communities.

By U.S. Navy Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Jacob L. Dillon
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Copyright 2014

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