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Nimitz Sailors Volunteer During San Diego Port Visit

Sailors assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN 68) volunteered their time to help in the San Diego community during the ship’s port visit to Naval Air station North Island, Oct. 10 to Oct. 13.

The Sailors pitched in at Habitat for Humanity and the San Diego Food Bank.

SAN DIEGO – (Oct. 13, 2016) Petty officer 1st Class Edward Yale, a Native of Houston, assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN 68) (right) works with Jacob Westcott (left), a volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, as part of a community relations event. Nimitz is in San Diego after successfully completing a six-day sea trials officially marking the completion of a 20-month extended incremental availability.  The ship will now begin a training and qualification cycle in preparation for an upcoming 2017 deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Seaman David Claypool/ released)

PO1 Edward Yale, a Native of Houston, assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN 68) (right) works with Jacob Westcott (left), a volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, as part of a community relations event. Photo by SN David Claypool

“Growing up I didn’t have a whole lot and now that I’m more established and have a steady income, it just seems right to give back,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Terrell Conley, a Habitat for Humanity volunteer. “People helped my family out so now that I can return the favor, it feels good.”

Habitat for Humanity is an organization, which not only builds houses for families, but also provides discounted home goods such as doors, tools, plumbing appliances and other household goods. Sailors helped out by organizing and loading donations.

The people who volunteer for Habitat for Humanity are the backbone of the organization, as it relies on volunteer work and donations to run properly.

SAN DIEGO (Oct. 11, 2016) – Petty Officer 2nd Class Terrel Conley, a native of Bainbridge, Ga. and assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN 68), applies prices to packaged insulation while volunteering at Habitat for Humanity San Diego. Nimitz is in San Diego after successfully completing a six-day sea trials officially marking the completion of a 20-month extended incremental availability.  (U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Austin Haist/Released)

PO2 Terrel Conley, a native of Bainbridge, Ga. and assigned to USS Nimitz (CVN 68), applies prices to packaged insulation while volunteering at Habitat for Humanity San Diego. Photo by PO3 Austin Haist

Jacob Westcott, an employee at Habitat for Humanity, said having the help from the Navy shows that there are generous people out there who are willing to give up free time for a good cause, and for that he is thankful.

At the San Diego Food Bank, volunteers got the chance to interact with the community on a more personal level by handing out food to the San Diego less fortunate.

“Even if it’s five minutes or five hours if you can give back, give back,” said Conley.

Volunteer opportunities during port visits allow Nimitz Sailors to donate their time to the improvement of the community that hosts them.

Nimitz is currently underway working on her flight deck certification and carrier qualifications in preparation for an upcoming 2017 deployment.

logosmallStory by SN David Claypool

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