By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin A. Johndro, Navy Public Affairs Support Element Det. Northwest
EVERETT, Wash. – The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) honored a Navy veteran with the President’s Volunteer Service Award during a Celebration of Service ceremony, June 11.
Retired Master Chief Yeoman Francis A. “Jiggs” Franchi, office manager of Retired Activities Office, Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) Naval Station Everett (NSE), was recognized as having more than 4,000 documented hours of community service and five years associated with RSVP.
“We nominated Jiggs for the award because he has contributed significantly and has proven himself to be an exceptional volunteer,” said Vivian Trappe, supervisor.
RSVP volunteers choose how, where, and how often they want to serve, with commitments ranging from a few hours to 40 hours per week.
“I joined RSVP because I wanted to help former brothers-in-arms throughout their retirement,” said Jiggs. “It isn’t necessary to read the list of accomplishments, just say ‘he shows up’ is good enough.”
According to Trappe, she is consistently receiving kudos from clients for his outstanding customer service and the staff for his knowledge and training.
“Jiggs is very loyal to the retired veteran community,” said Trappe. “He leads when needed and commits only to what he can provide.”
The President’s Volunteer Service Award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition.