Admiral AbbotDear Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society Volunteers,

You are making a world of difference for Sailors, Marines and their families!

Volunteers have been the bedrock of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society since 1904. With unparalleled compassion and commitment, our volunteers have continually provided assistance to generations of service members and their families.

You are careful, astute listeners who draw from your own life experiences to help others deal with problems – both acute and chronic ones: family emergencies, cross-country relocations, natural disasters, and even just the everyday challenges of military life. Every hour of every day, your smiles, nonjudgmental counsel and compassion bring peace of mind, stability, and hope. Your enthusiastic service is the shining hallmark of Society casework, and volunteers shall ever be the very heart and soul of our organization.

You are spouses, parents, grandparents, active duty members, retirees, students and patriotic citizens. You are leaders, mentors, recruiters, organizers, communicators, event planners, administrative experts, financial management consultants, retail specialists, artisans, problem solvers and crisis managers. You are, simply put, remarkable!

In 2016, more than 4,100 Society volunteers gave 471,102 hours of their time. That equates to 11,777 work weeks and over 226 years of service! Collectively, you presented 840 Budget for Baby workshops, gave out 5,225 hand-made baby blankets, served 114,568 thrift shop customers, and provided $45.1 million in financial assistance in the form of interest-free loans and grants to nearly 56,400 clients around the globe.

During National Volunteer Week, we pause to recognize your creative spirit, tireless energy, and selfless dedication to America’s military heroes. I salute you for your personal sacrifice and unflagging devotion, and I thank you for your loyalty and hard work. It is my distinct honor to serve as your President.

With deepest gratitude,

Admiral Steve Abbot,

U.S. Navy (Retired)

President and Chief Executive Officer

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