Volunteer Story: Fanown Ruff

It’s National Volunteer Week, and we wanted to take some time to recognize and highlight some of our amazing volunteers. The USO of North Carolina has more than 700 volunteers who truly believe in supporting America’s service members and their families.

Fanown Ruff is an Army veteran who spends two to three days a week volunteering with the USO of North Carolina. You can catch her at the Fort Bragg center almost every Tuesday and Thursday, and she often volunteers for extra events when the opportunity arises.

Ruff was first exposed to the USO when she was a young soldier and took a trip through the USO in Germany. When she left the service, and retired from her second career in civil service, she knew that she wanted to continue her life in service by volunteering here with the USO of North Carolina.

Ruff’s favorite events to support are those with military children – especially as a USO NC Kid’s Korner volunteer during Fort Bragg homecomings. She considers it an honor to work with our service members’ children and bring smiles to their faces.

When asked what it meant to her to volunteer with the USO of NC as a former service member, Ruff said “As a former soldier, it excites me. I get so excited every time I see a red hat come into this building, because I used to be one of them. To see this new generation come into this building, and to be able to serve them… what more could I ask for? That is the best thing.”

Visit our website to learn about the USO of North Carolina and how you can join Fanown as a USO of NC volunteer, visit  https://northcarolina.uso.org/support/volunteer.

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