Volunteers are the backbone of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS). With more than 4,000 volunteers, NMCRS is able to keep operation costs low, resulting in 97 cents per donated dollar going to services that support Sailors, Marines, and their families. Dedicated volunteers work in nearly every capacity of an NMCRS office, conducting casework for those who need financial assistance, coordinating various programs, facilitating Budget for Baby workshops, sorting, displaying, and helping with sales in our thrift shops, and more. Larry DeGreif, is an invaluable member of NMCRS San Diego’s Team, and an extraordinary volunteer. Larry helps maintain and update the office’s volunteer database. “The interface between volunteers and staff is truly seamless because leadership leads by example” says Larry, “you can literally ‘feel’ the positive energy that permeates the surroundings.”
Larry, a retired Master Chief Hospital Corpsman, had a distinguished 20 year career in the U.S. Navy which included tours of duty in California, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Larry’s service included shipboard duty on the USS Berkeley (DDG-15), USS Sperry (AS-12) and USS Jason (AR-8); as a platoon Corpsman in Vietnam; an instructor at Basic Underwater Demotion/SEAL training and as the head of the Shipboard Medical Assistance Team for Commander, Naval Surface Forces U.S. Pacific Fleet. Following his service in the military, Larry had a successful 33-year civilian career at three San Diego hospitals and as a department director at The Scripps Research Institute.
Larry wanted to maintain contact with active duty military and began volunteering at NMCRS in 2014. He is also a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and MENSA, a scripture reader at Naval Station San Diego Chapel and a volunteer with “One Street at a Time” for a clean Lakeside community. He’s proud to be part of the NMCRS family, noting “there is no ‘me’ but only ‘we’ in this team, resulting in professional and consistent services to our clients.”
If you’re interested in making a difference for Sailors, Marines, and their families, consider volunteering for NMCRS, please visit our website at http://www.nmcrs.org/pages/about-volunteering.
By Laura Weston