Emergency Disaster Services Volunteers Are There When Needed

As a part of National Volunteer Week, we are recognizing the impact that volunteers make with The Salvation Army. This blog features an article originally printed in Central Connection – a newsletter for The Salvation Army’s Central Territory (read the entire newsletter here), and highlights recent stories about volunteers and staff in the wake of 2017’s record-setting disastrous weather.

When life-long Salvationists and Central Territorial Headquarters employee Blythe Marinelli developed an interest in becoming an emergency disaster services (EDS) volunteer with her husband, Jack, it quickly turned into a passion. In the past year and a half they discovered a ministry through which they receive much personal satisfaction while serving others in God’s name.

After completing the training required to be certified and registered as EDS volunteers, the Marinellis’ first experience was helping the Metropolitan Division when the Fox River flooded. Their second EDS experience took them far from home when they joined the first hurricane-relief team deployed by the territory to Puerto Rico last fall. Continue reading “Emergency Disaster Services Volunteers Are There When Needed”

News From Puerto Rico

News from Puerto Rico - direct from those serving in Disaster Relief with The Salvation Army

This week, Captain Richard Forney from The Salvation Army Aurora was deployed for another round of disaster relief service; this time to Puerto Rico. In September, he served after Hurricane Harvey tore its way through Texas. Now he’s seeing the incredible, terrible damage in Puerto Rico – and sharing his experience via Facebook as much as he can with extremely limited electricity, phone service, and internet. Continue reading “News From Puerto Rico”

Tales from the Front Lines: Jackie’s Story

This blog is part of a series focusing on staff, officers and volunteers who have served hurricane relief efforts in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. Jackie Rachev is the communications manager for the Metropolitan Division.

When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas August 25, and it was determined the damage was going to be worse than originally expected, I informed my supervisors that I was interested in serving in Texas if the request came in. My offer was met with general appreciation and I was told I would probably go in the end of September or October if the need was there. After all, there were many other divisions closer to Texas and many people who were much more experienced than I.

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