FORT LEE, Va. (July 21, 2011) -- Several opportunities for community involvement are open to single or unaccompanied military members assigned to Fort Lee. The Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program is organizing a series of near-future projects that will benefit non-profit youth programs, the environment, the elderly and more.

Starting Friday and continuing each week throughout the summer, BOSS is planning group trips to the Boys and Girls Club in Hopewell. Volunteers will assist with summer activities including sports events, craft programs and field trips. The departure time from the BOSS Center is 2:30 p.m. each Friday. Participants will carpool to the Boys and Girls Club.

BOSS is also coordinating a painting project at the Al-A-Mo Recovery Center in Petersburg on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are asked to wear comfortable clothing that they won't mind getting messed up with paint. Transportation to the volunteer site is available if needed.

Between five and 10 BOSS volunteers are sought for the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Duck Race on July 30, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Brown's Island in downtown Richmond. This is a free, family event with inflatable play structures, characters, rock walls, vendors and free snow cones. Volunteers will assist with Duck Race activities and set-up.

On Aug. 4 and 5, BOSS will be partnering with the Habit for Humanity for community work in the local area. Ten or more Soldiers are needed for this two-day project. Volunteers will depart from the BOSS Center at 7:45 a.m. and return when the day's work is completed. Transportation will be provided.

BOSS also teams up with the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River for small cleanup projects in the local area on a fairly regular basis. The frequency of these activities demands a regular stream of volunteer help.

For more information about any of these projects or upcoming BOSS events, contact Cpl. Michael Nelson at (254) 458-2260.

Team Lee members who would like to become involved in the local community may also contact the installation volunteer coordinator at (804) 734-7827.