Who: Samantha Phillips, Acting Deputy Managing Director for Emergency Management
Rev. Dr. Malcolm T. Byrd, Mayor’s Office of Faith Based Initiatives
Julia Menzo, President of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters
What: Volunteer Week in Philadelphia Ceremony Honoring Volunteers from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters who helped Philadelphia recover from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee
Where: The Pavilion at the Fairmount Water Works, 640 Waterworks Drive
When: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.
During Volunteer Week 2012 in Philadelphia, the Managing Director’s Office of Emergency Management will honor agencies from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (SEPA VOAD), including Lutheran Disaster Response – Eastern Pennsylvania, a ministry of Lutheran Congregational Services, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief – Southeastern Pennsylvania, United Church of Christ Disaster Ministry – Southeastern Pennsylvania Conference, and the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference of the United Methodist Church.
SEPA VOAD works to prepare the region for disaster and coordinate recovery and response. It is a part of a national collaboration of diverse organizations that strive to meet community needs in the wake of a large-scale disaster. Last year following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, SEPA VOAD agencies helped Philadelphians recover from damaging flood waters.
Volunteer Week honors those who dedicate themselves to taking action and improving their community. It’s also about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their community.