The Blue Star Families Salute to Distinction Award program recognizes outstanding volunteers who demonstrate exemplary service to our organization, and formally thanks them for furthering the BSF mission within their respective communities.

Blue Star Families is proud to announce our Salute to Distinction 2016 Volunteer of the Year:

Erica Glass, Chapter Director at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), Alaska!

Erica has been a volunteer Chapter Director for the Blue Star Families Alaska Chapter since 2015. She dedicates an amazing amount of time to Blue Star Families; for the second year in a row, she will be receiving a Gold Level Presidential Volunteer Service Award, which recognizes over 500 hours of volunteer service within a calendar year.

In 2016, Erica held numerous Books on Bases events and distributed over 1,300 books to military children. She also hosted events at local theatres and museums, and she began a monthly book club at her local Starbucks. In all, Erica hosted an incredible 33 events and served over 1400 people in the JBER area in 2016.

Erica exhibits a remarkable level of commitment to Blue Star Families and the military families we supports worldwide. Leah Love, Volunteer Training and Recruitment Coordinator, had this to say about Erica’s contributions:

“Erica consistently goes above and beyond in everything she does to support her military families. She not only does an amazing job with her own chapter, she is always thinking creatively about how to reach our membership at large, partner with others, and create better engagement and connection throughout our entire organization internally as well as externally. Through Erica’s event programming and innovation, she is helping us define what it means to be a Blue Star Family and the engagement journey our members should take.  Erica is an outstanding ambassador for Blue Star Families and is a great example of how to build a true Blue Star Families community.” 

When asked about her volunteerism, Erica stated:

“I applied to volunteer with Blue Star Families right after I left the military to be a stay-at-home mom. I wanted to find a way to still be connected with military families, keep my resume current, and as a way to be a part of a volunteer cause. Volunteering with Blue Star Families has been wonderful because not only did I accomplish those goals, but I have made some good friends and connections along the way!”

As the Volunteer of the Year, Erica will receive a $500 professional development stipend, which she plans to use toward an entrepreneur training program targeted for women Veterans.

Congratulations, Erica! Thank you for all you do for Blue Star Families.

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