Response Updates

Volunteer Training Equips People for Disaster Response

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Convoy of Hope remains committed to bringing hope in every storm — both worldwide and long-term — through volunteer training.

Last week, Convoy provided in-person lead volunteer training at the World Distribution Center for the first time. Volunteers and church leaders from around the country attended the event.

“Not only was it our first time training in the World Distribution Center, it was our first in-person training since the pandemic,” said Stacy Lamb, Senior Director of Convoy’s U.S. Disaster Services. “In hurricane forecasts like the one this year, we always have teams, volunteers, and equipment ready to respond.”

Stacy Lamb of Convoy's Disaster Services team stands in the front of a room. Several dozen people sit at tables in front of him as Stacy leads a portion of the volunteer training event. There are four screens behind him that display a presentation, and people are taking notes.
Stacy Lamb leads a portion of the volunteer training at Convoy of Hope’s World Distribution Center.

In 2022 so far, Convoy of Hope has responded to 12 disasters in 10 states. These disasters include the water crisis on the Fort Apache Reservation in Arizona and the Calf Canyon Fire in New Mexico. The Calf Canyon Fire is the largest fire in the U.S. this year, according to NASA.

Years of Recovery

Convoy continues to work on three long-term recovery projects in the U.S. and 17 international projects. A few of these are from previous hurricane seasons.

Since 2021, Convoy has responded to needs in Florida communities affected by Hurricane Michael. Through generous donors, Convoy provided families with materials to help them rebuild.

Additionally, areas of Louisiana struck by Hurricane Ida in August 2021 are still recovering. Convoy of Hope remains committed to assisting communities in that process. More than 500 families received supplies at an event in May, with similar events in the months to come.

Internationally, Convoy is constantly at work. Two and a half years following Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas and teams have remained active in the island nation.

“Recovery can go on for years,” Stacy said. “That’s why it’s important organizations like Convoy are there for the long haul.”

It’s that same “long haul” support from Convoy’s generous supporters that makes disaster recovery possible, he added. “It comes down to our generous donors that give faithfully during disaster time, not only responding short term, but are in it for the long haul as well.”

As an above-normal hurricane season lies ahead, Convoy of Hope will continue serving those most in need through your generous support.

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