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Brighton resident Kathleen Pierz received her third 2022 President's Volunteer Service Award, a recognition from the White House for her volunteer service with Shelter Box USA.
"I'm really proud …
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"I'm really proud of the work ShelterBox does and what we do. We are one of the most efficient charities in the world and make extraordinary use of volunteers like myself," said Pierz.
"I proud to serve as a ShelterBox Ambassador and the recognition each year with a Presidential Service Award is a nice reminder that I'm part of something much bigger than myself."
Pierz has been a Rotarian for 12 years and a Shelter Box volunteer for three-and-a-half years. Shelter Box is a global humanitarian organization that provides emergency shelter and house supplies to victims of natural disasters or war refugees.
"ShelterBox's lifesaving work is only possible because of our inspiring supporters like Kathleen Pierz, whose service ensures families made homeless by disaster and conflict have access to essential shelter and supplies," said Kerri Murray, President of ShelterBox USA. "This distinction truly sets her apart as someone committed to serving others and making the world a better place. Never has this work been more important as we scaled up our efforts in the last year to respond to climate change‐driven storms and protect communities from COVID‐19."
ShelterBox supplies family-sized tents with the tools so victims can start repairing or rebuilding a home. The shelter box is a large plastic box that contains the tent, cooking set, solar lights, blankets, water filtration, and mosquito nets.
The Rotary Clubs in the UK founded ShelterBox USA and became a Rotary International disaster relief partner. Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter for more than 300 disasters in over 100 countries. ShelterBox has helped victims impacted by earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, hurricanes, cyclones, tsunamis and war and conflicts by delivering boxes of essential shelter, aid, and other lifesaving supplies, according to ShelterBox officials.
The President's Volunteer Service Award was created in 2003 by the president's council on service and civic participation for people of all ages that contribute 100 hours of volunteer service.
To volunteer, fundraise, or make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.shelterboxusa.org or call (805) 608‐2400.
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