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Faith-Based Orgs are Playing a Massive Role in the Hurricane Relief Efforts

Rebecca Downs : Sep 13, 2017 :

"In a disaster, churches don't just hold bake sales to raise money or collect clothes to send to victims; faith-based organizations are integral partners in state and federal disaster relief efforts. They have specific roles and a sophisticated communication and coordination network to make sure their efforts don't overlap or get in each others' way." -Paul Singer, USA Today

[] While the United States continues to reel from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, they are not without aid. And, the chances are high that those who receive aid will [do so] thanks to assistance and coordination from a faith-based group. Paul Singer, writing for USA Today, pointed to FEMA's recommendation to donate through the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. How many organizations are faith-based? About 75 percent, Singer noted. (Photo: Evacuees seek shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017/Pu Ying Huang for the Texas Tribune)

Examples from Singer included Christian denominations, such as the Seventh Day Adventists, which organizes material aid. There's also the United Methodists with their Committee on Relief for "case management." There are also notable Christian organizations, such as the Convoy of Hope, which is non-denominational, and the evangelical Samaritan's Purse, Rev. Franklin Graham's group.

It's not just Christian groups either, as Jewish, Buddhist, and Muslim groups have also provided aid...

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