Marines live to serve our country. On a recent Saturday, they spent the day in 100plus degree heat painting, shoveling, mowing, raking, stirring and pouring concrete as a service project for Marine Week Phoenix (Sept. 10-13). About 60 Marines worked alongside USAA employees to paint the library and prepare a baseball field at Crockett Elementary School in Phoenix. United Way is working to ensure youth succeed in school and life. We proudly partnered with USAA to bring this important project to life.
The volunteer project was especially important to Marine and Arizona native, Nancy Ibrahimovic.
Lieutenant General Berger, I Marine Expeditionary Force, served for 34 years echoed that sentiment and spirit of volunteerism.
“Marines volunteered to sign up for the Marine Corps and this is their chance to give back to the community. We’re not something separate; this is our home.”
Captain Craig Thomas, The Public Affair Officer for Marine Week, said it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for both the Marine Corps and the city where they volunteer.
Capt. Thomas said he and his fellow Marines follow the motto, “Ductus Exemplo,” Latin for “lead by example.”
“The community is where the next generation of Americans learns traits of hard work, discipline, loyalty,” he said. “If we want them to have those core values, we’ve got to go out there and live it ourselves.”
The volunteers’ hard work produced a fresher-looking library for Crockett Elementary students to learn in and a new field to play on.
Principal Steve Hannifin, who has served in the Coast Guard and the reserves, said volunteer projects like this help establish the school as the community hub.