Austin/San Antonio Meteorologist Orlando Bermudez and volunteers sort food items for San Antonio Food Bank (Photo: WFO Austin/San Antonio)
(Oct. 20, 2011) -- During their first National Week of Service, the staffers at the National Weather Service Austin/San Antonio forecast office volunteered their time and energy to connect with people in their communities. A wide variety of activities, events, organizations and programs provided opportunities for staffers to serve others in the spirit of charity.
Their acts of kindness during the week included helping neighbors cut their lawn, toting groceries to a vehicle for the elderly and donated money for the Help Cure Cancer campaign.
Observing Program Leader Steve Smart and his wife Teresa worked on a neighborhood beautification project. Another staffer participated in a well-organized, public event to sort canned food items for the San Antonio Food Bank; and yet another helped the New Braunfels High School Marching Band to prepare for an upcoming performance.
As a group, the staff also enrolled in the Texas Department of Transportation Adopt-A-Highway program to help maintain a stretch of road near the weather forecast office.
Organizer and staff meteorologist, Orlando Bermudez said, "Truly, the staff demonstrated a real measure of humility and compassion by serving others in need; and by embracing the philosophy of service above self."
Neighborhood beautification project in San Antonio (Photo: WFO Austin/San Antonio)