SARASOTA, Fla. (April 15, 2015) — As National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, is being observed, two Minnesota-based volunteers were recognized by President Barack Obama and humanitarian organization, ShelterBox USA with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their efforts in 2014 to assist disaster survivors.
Eric DeLuca, of Maple Plain, and Greg Krauska, of Chanhassen, each received a President’s Volunteer Service Award is a special recognition presented on behalf of President Obama. The award is part of a national recognition program created in 2003 through the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation for individuals of all ages who contribute a significant amount of time to volunteer activities.
When disasters like Cyclone Pam in the Vanuatu and the Syrian refugee crisis strike, many want to help. DeLuca and Krauska took action for ShelterBox, an international disaster relief organization that delivers emergency tented shelter and other lifesaving supplies to survivors of disasters and other humanitarian crises.
Through their efforts of raising awareness and funds for ShelterBox, the organization was able to respond to more than 23 disasters last year, providing families with disaster relief tents, cook stoves, water filters, blankets, mosquito nets, children’s packs and other essential equipment. In one of the more busy years in ShelterBox history, ShelterBox has sent aid to support more than 10,500 families.
“I am incredibly honored to work alongside our volunteers,” said Alan Monroe, Interim Executive Director of ShelterBox USA. “It is through their continuous efforts that we are able to bring shelter, warmth and dignity to so many families displaced by disaster around the globe.”
National Volunteer Week was established in 1974 and has grown exponentially each year, with thousands of volunteer projects and special events scheduled throughout the week. This year marks the 41th anniversary of National Volunteer Week, demonstrating the enduring importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions.
ShelterBox is an international, nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian relief in the form of equipment and materials that bring shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by natural disasters and other humanitarian crises. Since 2000, the organization has delivered boxes of aid and supplies such as tents, water filters, stoves, blankets and other tools to help families survive and rebuild their lives in the aftermath of more than 250 disasters in over 90 countries worldwide. Donations to ShelterBox USA can be made at www.shelterboxusa.org, by calling (941) 907-6036 or via text message by sending SHELTER to 20222 for a one-time $10 donation.