Shadyside Native Kayla Soles Is Serving With Honor in the U.S. Marine Corps

Marine Credits Her Father For Her Love of Volunteering

Cpl. Kayla Soles volunteering for the Operation Paws for Homes. Soles says she started volunteering to help animals and that she expanded her mission to include helping the elderly, school children and others.

MARINE CORPS BASE, QUANTICO, Va. — Marine Cpl. Kayla Soles serves more than her country as she is stationed in Quantico, Va.

Soles of Moundsville is well on her way to achieving 100 hours of volunteer service in her community. A goal she already has achieved in the past.

She is one of more than 800 Marines, their family members and civilians at the base who take the time to volunteer a few times a year. Hundreds of those make the time to volunteer monthly across the area. Some of the most dedicated will earn more than 100 hours of volunteer service a year.

What is most amazing is that Soles volunteers after spending her work day at Manpower Management Division Separation & Retirement helping her fellow Marines process their disability separation and retirement paperwork and attending college courses at night.

Soles, the daughter of John Soles and Shelly L. Duffy, is a graduate of Shadyside High School.

As full as her week may be, she purposely makes time most weekends to volunteer in the community. “I see a lot of negativity. Volunteering reminds me that there are good people in the world. It is where I find my positive attitude and it helps me connect with those who are like-minded.”

While she states that she “became hooked on volunteering as a way to help animals,” her interests have expanded to include retirement homes, Special Olympics, Honor Flights, Adopt-a-School and the Library. She is most proud of her work with the Quantico Toys for Tots Program, where she stood by to thank the community for their donations this past holiday. Soles utilizes the Volunteer Information Center used by the base to pick and choose how she decides to help others.

“It helps me see what events are available.”

Being able to see who is volunteering for the event lets her know if there will be others there with whom she is familiar. Having a lot of openings is typically her trigger to sign up as she believes “it tells me that they really need help.”

Though her days, nights and weekends are busy, Soles strives to make a difference in the world. She hopes to finish her degree soon. Her long-term goal is to earn a Ph.D. in psychology and maybe one day become an officer in the United States Marine Corps.

When asked about her strong work ethic, she smiled and said, “My dad is a coal miner in West Virginia. He is my hero.”