Aviano community members help clean up Area D at Aviano Air Base, Italy Aug. 24. About 60 volunteers helped save the base more than 360 man hours and $400 worth of supplies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez)
Aviano community members rake the playground in Area D at Aviano Air Base, Italy Aug. 24. About 60 volunteers helped paint, rake and add a new tire swing to the area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez)
by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez
31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
8/31/2012 - AVIANO AIR BASE, ITALY -- About 60 Aviano Airmen and community members volunteered their efforts to help clean up Area D Aug. 24, saving the base more than 360 man hours and $400 in supplies.
The project included painting the inside of the main building and renovation work in the playground area. Sandpits were completely raked and old wood was replaced and a new tire swing was added. While some equipment and supplies were donated by several base organizations, members from the Aviano Airmen Advisory Council volunteered their time, effort and equipment.
"It is important to volunteer our time to the community because it benefits everyone," said Senior Airman Amber Swearengin, AAAC vice president. "I am happy to be out here and help out however I can."
Johnathon Corriere, an Aviano High School student and Life Scout coordinated the effort which brought Team Aviano together to support the community. Corriere led the community service project which also helped him fulfill the requirements to become an Eagle Scout.
"A community service project is one of a few merit badges I need to get closer to becoming an Eagle Scout," said Corriere. "I am glad to be able to accomplish this and give others an opportunity to volunteer."
The area the volunteer refurbished helped the 31st Force Support Squadron provide a better service to the Aviano Airmen and families.
"FSS now has a cleaner, safer area for the community," said Tech. Sgt. Corey Groves. "We appreciate all the volunteers giving back to the community and investing in our future."
9/10/2012 5:06:52 AM ET Glad to see that that project gained some speed and had a bunch of people come out for it. Area D was a bit of a dump before I'm sure it looks much better now