HONOLULU (April 20, 2018) – The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division’s Emergency Disaster Services [EDS] is continuing flood-related outreach efforts on Kauai and Oahu and seeks additional volunteers and monetary donations to assist those in need. The Salvation Army is part of a team of agencies providing assistance during events and works closely with the Hawaii Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) chapter.
“Our disaster relief efforts received a big boost on Thursday with a $10,000 donation from City Mill to aid our EDS outreach,” said Lt. Micheal Stack, Divisional Youth & Mens Ministry Secretary and Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator for The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division. “We are grateful for their donation and encourage others to assist as possible. We also are seeking additional volunteers for our clean up and food distribution efforts specifically on Kauai.”
Volunteer opportunities, including job descriptions and online applications, for Kauai relief efforts are available at volunteer.usawest.org. To see the Kauai specific volunteer needs, viewers need to enter a Kauai zip code.
[Direct links are as follows:
• Clean Up Volunteers...https://volunteer.usawest.org/OpportunityDetail.aspx?ID=3168
• Food Distribution Volunteers.... https://volunteer.usawest.org/OpportunityDetail.aspx?ID=3169
Lt. Stack continued, “During emergencies, aside from volunteering, the best way the public can help is to provide monetary donations which allows the delivery of the exact relief supplies a community needs. Plus, The Salvation Army uses one-hundred percent of all donations designated ‘disaster relief’ in support of disaster operations.”
Here is an update on The Salvation Army’s EDS outreach activities from Monday, April 16 through Thursday, April 19:
KAUAI – North Shore/Hanalei – Volunteers from Lihue Corps
• Served 343 meals
• Provided 136 snacks
• Provided 1760 beverages
• Provided 220 hygiene kits
• Helped residents clean up and clear rubbish and debris
OAHU – Aina Haina – Volunteers from KROC Hawaii EDS team
• Volunteers assisted homeowners on Tuesday and Thursday in Aina Haina. Activities included helping homeowners move debris and rubbish [ie. drywall, furniture, etc.] from their lawn areas to the curbs for City/County pickup.
Donations for outreach efforts by The Salvation Army on both Kauai and Oahu can be made at hawaii.salvationarmy.org or by calling The Salvation Army Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Divisional Headquarters at 808-988-2136.
About The Salvation Army Disaster Services
The Salvation Army is uniquely positioned to serve those impacted by the storm, however long it takes, because they are there before, during, and after impact. Beyond serving immediate physical needs, they also meet the emotional and spiritual needs that are unique to catastrophic events. The Salvation Army:
• Delivers disaster relief to an average of 382,000 people annually.
• Serves every ZIP code in the United States and touches almost 25 million lives a year.
• Has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900.
• Remains in communities until needs are met and beyond.
About The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division
The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division covers the state of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands including Guam, Republic of the Marshall Islands and The Federated States of Micronesia. The Division offers a wide variety of programs throughout the islands including: adult day health services; affordable senior housing; at-risk youth services and housing; camp & conference center; family stores; food distribution and feeding programs; homeless services; The Kroc Center – Hawaii’s largest community center; preschools & day care services; social services – emergency assistance; substance abuse treatment; and work therapy & rehabilitation services. For more information, call 808-988-2136, visit www.hawaii.salvationarmy.org, or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.