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Volunteers are crucial to making Adventist Community Services Disaster Relief successful. A recent fire in Colorado Springs has proven that.
Named advisor for the Colorado Springs Adventist Community Services Disaster Relief (ACS DR) team of volunteers, Kathy Hayden, a member of the Pueblo Church, worked with a team who had never before opened a Community Collection Center nor a Distribution Center. Thankfully, they had been trained in donations operations just the weekend before the fire.
Set up in the gymnasium at Springs Adventist Academy, the Collection and Distribution Center was used each weekend by other groups which posed a potential conflict. Both the Sabbath group and the Sunday group, however, believed that ACS was doing good work and shouldn’t have to move their set-up each weekend. The groups were happy to use one side of the gymnasium to make room for ACS, even though that included Easter weekend.
One councilwoman from Colorado Springs held them in extreme reserve, not sure they would know how to take care of her people, but the staff she sent to check them out were amazed at how organized and nice it was, according to Kissner. “The City of Colorado Springs now realizes what we can do during a disaster,” she commented.
“The team worked so well together to meet the needs of those impacted by the fire and showed the love of the Father to those in need. This was their first event and they were amazing,” said Cathy Kissner, RMC Director of ACS.
Set up March 29, the Collection and Distribution Center helped 54 families, giving out 6,597 items during their 14 days in operation. When they closed on April 11, the volunteer hours had reached 728.
-- Carol Bolden; photo by Kathy Hayden