Officers and Marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force, in collaboration with sailors from the USS Leyte Gulf (CG-55), engaged in a community outreach initiative at the Neville and Nora Dorsett Community Center on Lewis Street on Saturday, November 11, 2023.

Lend a Hand Bahamas, the organization behind this community initiative, extended the invitation. This collaborative effort brought the entities together for a day filled with various impactful activities. Leading the initiative was Captain Jonathan M. Griffith of the U.S. Army, assisted by Marines from the RBDF’s Headquarters, Engineering, Technical Training, Sea Training, and Squadron Departments.

Members of Lend a Hand Bahamas, Mitsyann Iriving and Miss Kendra Armbrister warmly greeted the team upon their arrival and provided a brief overview of their nonprofit organization, emphasizing their focus on education initiatives and community development, underscoring the purpose behind this impactful event. Charge D’Affaires, Usha Pitts also visited the Community Center, receiving a brief tour of the area.

The group of volunteers directed their efforts to the Lewis Street Senior Home, where they skillfully repaired window shutters, enhancing the building’s overall functionality. Meanwhile, Tech Training personnel focused on the Lend a Hand Community Center, constructing shelves and storage spaces to contribute to the center’s organizational needs. Personnel from the RBDF Headquarters Department and the USS Leyte Gulf dedicated their time to the community Green Space area, where they painted interior walls and engaged the local children with entertaining activities such as arts and crafts.

Under the visionary leadership of Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond E. King, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force continues to exemplify its commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen through a range of extensive outreach initiatives and projects. These endeavors aim to not only strengthen community relations but also make a positive impact on individuals and contribute to the development of thriving communities.

(Photos by Marine Seaman Rickey Sealey)

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