Alyson  

It is with deep gratitude that I write to thank you for opportunity to have served as a volunteer in Sar El from July 19-24th of this year. From the moment I met you and the group at the airport and saw your organization and passion, to being placed in the excellent care of the madrichot Ellen and Simcha, and having completed meaningful work at the army base- the experience was incredible. I feel a deep sense of pride and accomplishment in being helpful to the IDF and to Israel and I have made wonderful friends as a result. 

When I first participated in the program in 1983 and 1984, I never would have dreamed that it would have grown into what it is today. I am so impressed and in awe of the people like you, and the tens of thousands who have given so much to make this program the huge success it is.  I am planning on applying again next year and hope to volunteer two or three weeks, starting on July 10, 2016. I thank you for welcoming me back to the program and for giving me new purpose. 

Please count on me to step up in any way needed during the year and I look forward to returning to Israel and to meeting you once more at the airport in a little over 10 months from now.  

 
May we all come and go in peace, 
 
Alyson  
USA