FORT LEWIS, WA — Soldiers, Families and civilians will help make a difference in several nearby communities on Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25 in observance of Make a Difference Day.
Fort Lewis volunteers are supporting eight local community projects ranging from wetland restoration in Steilacoom to general maintenance and restoration work on the American Legion Post and Veterans of Foreign Wars buildings in Yelm. The entire list of projects along with locations is listed below.
Major Fort Lewis units are partnered with local municipalities to increase interaction between the military and local communities through the Fort Lewis Community Connections Program. For many years, Fort Lewis Soldiers, civilians, and their families have supported Make a Difference Day projects as a way of giving something back and making a difference in the communities that surround the post. Additionally, Fort Lewis units often get involved in
other community projects throughout the year.
- Steilacoom – 42nd Military Police Brigade, appr. 25 Soldiers will plant hundreds of plants at the Shannon Glenn Wetland Restoration Project, beginning at 7:30 a.m.
- Lakewood – 4th Stryker Brigade, Soldiers will plant bulbs at Washington Park; plant trees/bushes at Fort Steilacoom Park and cleanup trash and replace grave markers at the Western State Hospital cemetery; and do cleanup at Fleet Creek Blueberry Farm, all events are from 9 a.m. – noon.
- Lakewood – Battery B, 5-5 Air Defense Artillery, 30 Soldiers will do painting, yard-work, and kitchen renovation at Lakewood shelter, 3821 Cadillac Ln SW, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
- University Place – Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 5-5 Air Defense Artillery, Soldiers will plant bulbs and other plants at the Middle Waterway, 4951 Grandview Dr, from 9 a.m. – noon.
- DuPont – 6th Military Police Group (CID), Soldiers will prep and paint the City Museum exterior.