JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – Soldiers, Families and civilians helped make a difference in several nearby communities Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23 in observance of Make a Difference Day.
JBLM volunteers supported more than six local community projects ranging from a landscaping project in Yelm to general trail maintenance and clean-up at Farrell Marsh Park in Steilacoom. Some of the projects along with locations are listed below.
Major JBLM units are partnered with local municipalities to increase interaction between the military and local communities through the JBLM
Community Connections Program. For many years, base 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 surrounding the base. Additionally, JBLM units often get involved in community projects throughout the year.
– Steilacoom – 42nd Military Police Brigade, more than 15 Soldiers will renovate walking trails in Farrell Marsh Park at 2301 Oak Dr. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
– Tacoma – 10 Soldiers will cleanup along Interstate 5 Southbound between exits 120-122 in support of Madigan’s new partnership with the Adopt a Highway Program. The cleanup will occur between 8-11 a.m.
– Roy – 555th Engineer Brigade, 12 Soldiers will make repairs to a pavilion roof, drainage ditch, park benches and the permanent Christmas
tree stand at the Roy City Park. Project will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
– Rainier – 62nd Medical Brigade, 30 Soldiers will conduct facility repair at the Rainier City Hall. This project will begin at 9 a.m.
– Lacey – 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, about 50 Soldiers will work on habitat restoration at the Lake Lois Habitat. The project will begin at 9 a.m.
– Yelm – 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Soldiers will do restoration projects and landscaping at the Yelm Adult Community Center (weather permitting) beginning at 10 a.m.