A 23-person team from UK Space Command has spent a day volunteering to help the local community in Colorado Springs in the United States.
The UK Space Command personnel, on temporary duty at Peterson Air Force Base, wanted to give something back to the Colorado Springs community that has welcomed them over the past few weeks.
After one of the team attended a local church, they contacted the Humblewood Workshop to offer their support. They then took part in a Bunk Bed Build Day, helping to prepare the furniture by sawing, drilling, sanding and staining wood.
“The whole team was keen to repay the warm welcome and hospitality we have received by contributing back to the Colorado community. Given the United Kingdom and United States work so closely together in many different areas, including on our mutual interests in space, it has been wonderful to extend that partnership in a practical way that will substantially improve the lives of local families.”
Wing Commander Sharp
Commander of the UK Space Command team
Humblewood Workshop, hosted by the Pulpit Rock Church in Colorado Springs, was established in 2018 as part of the church’s ‘Love Your Neighbor’ initiative. This initiative helps meet the practical needs of disadvantaged families in the local community. The workshop partners with CarePortal, a USA-wide online portal which highlights the needs of foster children and families to local groups and volunteers, who can then respond in whatever way they are able.
“It’s always great to have new volunteers to help build beds. I am so grateful we had the opportunity to host the UK Space Command team for this build day. We are always looking for more people who are willing to give a few hours of their time to help make sure kids feel seen, known and loved by providing a new bed for them.”
The 23-strong team from the newly formed UK Space Command is on temporary duty to conduct familiarisation and training alongside colleagues from US Space Operations Command.