Interesting statistics about who volunteers and provides help and relief to national disasters. It seems faith-based organizations provide 80% of it, both supplies and volunteers. Amazed? I was.
But I shouldn’t be because our local churches have all sent volunteers and donations to disaster areas, even long after FEMA has left and the people are left to struggle and rebuild.
In a disaster, churches don’t just hold bake sales to raise money or collect clothes to send to victims; faith-based organizations are integral partners in state and federal disaster relief efforts. They have specific roles and a sophisticated communication and coordination network to make sure their efforts don’t overlap or get in each others’ way.
“About 80% of all recovery happens because of non-profits, and the majority of them are faith-based,” said Greg Forrester, CEO of the national VOAD. The money is “all raised by the individuals who go and serve, raised through corporate connections, raised through church connections,” and amounts to billions of dollars worth of disaster recovery assistance, he said.
Doesn’t it make you wonder why we need FEMA?
It didn’t always exist. It was formed in 1979. From Wiki:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security, initially created by Presidential Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978 and implemented by two Executive Orders on April 1, 1979
There’s so much we used to do without government.
Charity has always been faith based and usually Christian because we are charged with helping each other; replicating Christ’s love for us.
Just something to chew on this quiet Saturday…