Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nick A. Grim
BREMERTON, Washington – Sailors from USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) volunteered their time at the Kitsap Rescue Mission, May 9.
John C. Stennis’ Women’s Enlisted Leadership program coordinated the volunteer event with the Kitsap Rescue Mission as an opportunity for Sailors to assist the organization with its many daily needs.
“What we do here is 90 percent volunteer based,” said Amy O’ Shaughnessy, the volunteer coordinator with Kitsap Rescue Mission.
During this community service event, John C. Stennis Sailors helped the Kitsap Rescue Mission by moving bags of donated clothing, demolishing drywall and extracting nails in the Kitsap Rescue Mission’s main building in downtown Bremerton, which is home to their donation offices and their day-room services.
“The presence of service members is pretty huge actually,” said O’Shaughnessy.
In addition to providing aid to the homeless and less fortunate in the community, the shelter offers volunteers the ability to give back as well as show compassion and understanding to those less fortunate.
“Based on experiences in my past, I understand the hardships that people go through, that’s why it’s important for me to come out and help out,” said Electrician’s Mate 3rd Class Matthew Hisermartinez, from North Adams, Massachusetts, “It’s important for John C. Stennis Sailors to come out and show that we want to give back to our community.”
The Kitsap Rescue Mission serves the community by providing a variety of services.
“We have everything from case management, which includes getting help with GED diplomas, paying court fines, family reconciliation, assisting with finding employment and more,” said O’Shaughnessy. “We also provide showers, clothing and toiletry donations, a day room service from nine to five, an overnight shelter and we provide meals.”
John C. Stennis is conducting a planned incremental availability at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, during which the ship is undergoing scheduled maintenance and upgrades.