JBLM family named national volunteer family of the year
For the Pogoncheff family, giving back is a way of life. This is why the family was recognized Oct. 12 by the Association of United States Army (AUSA) as the National Volunteer Family of the Year during the AUSA annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Stacie Pogoncheff (mother) volunteers in all her children’s schools. She serves as treasurer for Mann Middle School’s Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA), volunteers with Beachwood Elementary’s PTSA and helps with the Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s (JBLM) Exceptional Family Program. Oldest daughter Kelbie, a sophomore at Lakes High School, was recognized last year as JBLM’s Youth Volunteer of the Year. Sergeant Blagoy Pogoncheff (father), a member of the 508th Military Police Battalion, and Kelbie’s siblings â€“ Kialie and Andon â€“ also volunteer their time in a number of ways.
“It’s really great to give back,” said Kelbie. “It builds a better community.”
Stacie said they are still in a state of shock to receive the award and that many people have helped them over the years.
“Volunteerism really builds connections in the community and our family,” said Stacie. “For a military family, it’s about building resilience in my children.”
The Pogoncheff family was flown to Washington, D.C. and recognized with a cash prize and gift basket courtesy of AUSA and Health Net.
(above) The Pogoncheff family was recognized as the Army’s National Volunteer Family of the Year. (Back row, left to right) Stacie, mother and Blagoy, father. (Front row, left to right) Kelbie, Lakes High School sophomore; Andon, Meriwether Elementary third-grader; and Kialie, Mann Middle School eighth-grader.