Original Date: 04/07/1997
Revision Date: 04/14/2003
Best Practice : Community and Special Events
The employees and their families have several opportunities to become involved in family-targeted activities at Rock Island Arsenal (RIA). The Base has implemented a series of programs that partner with the local community and foster unity among educational, business, and military/non-military organizations. The Base’s goal is to involve all employees from the lowest levels to the highest levels, to participate in installation activities to promote the “Total Army Family.” Employees and their families are encouraged to participate in events such as bring your family to work, Easter egg breakfast and hunt, Halloween dinner and party, breakfast with Santa, and town hall meetings.
The local communities are invited to join in the sharing at different events throughout the year, such as the Christmas tree lighting and an Island-wide Armed Forces Day celebration. The Armed Forces Day celebration includes activities from Civil War reenactment to information booths staffed by the Quad City police department who educate the public on subjects such as gangs and the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.
RIA’s Army Community Services group has been working diligently to complement all these family-focused activities and programs, which include the Lending Closet, the Video Lending Library, Relocation Services, the New Parent Program, Family Member Employment Assistance, Consumer Affairs and Financial Assistance Program, scholarship services, resume writing, the Exceptional Family Member Program, the Family Advocacy Program, Information and Referral, and Volunteer Coordination. All these programs have the common mission of strengthening families.
These programs have not gone unnoticed by the employees and their families. The ongoing employee surveys returned to RIA’s leadership prove that this teaming has become ingrained in the worker attitude and also promoted productive teaming activities into the workday. RIA received the prestigious Army Communities of Excellence Award twice in the past four years.
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