Tag: COVID-19

Santa Fe Community Event Delivers Relief

A husband came through the drive-thru distribution in Santa Fe while his wife, a first responder, was on duty. He mentioned how nervous he was for her every time she went to work. 

Another mother picked up her groceries. While talking with a volunteer, she shared that she had been feeling completely hopeless and had resorted to drinking to abate the feeling. “Thank you for being here,” she said. “You have no idea how much I needed this today”

Story after story like these came out of our recent Community Event in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Car after car passed through to pick up groceries and relief supplies. And, since pandemics affect everyone, those cars ranged from the rusted-through to the fully-loaded. Convoy of Hope served them all. We believe that everyone we serve should be treated with dignity and respect.

Like each of the Community Events we’ve held in 2020, the one in Santa Fe was structured as a drive-through point of distribution (POD) to keep contact between volunteers and our Guests of Honor at a minimum during the pandemic. It is important to keep risk low and hopes high. 

Because of the generosity of Convoy of Hope’s partners and donors, were were able to distribute:

  • 1,000 Gardens in a Bag
  • 4,000 grocery bags
  • 6,000 Bombas socks
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Always Preparing for Disasters

Even as the world has seemed to turn upside down from COVID-19, we must remember that other kinds of natural disasters could happen at any time. We are several weeks into the Atlantic hurricane season — which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts will be busier than usual — drought is affecting the island of Puerto Rico, massive flooding and tropical storms have already hit several parts of the world. Even during a pandemic, we have to be ready. 

As you and your family prepare for the unexpected, know that our teams at Convoy of Hope are constantly readying themselves for the next deployment. Convoy of Hope teams regularly train to use chainsaws, heavy equipment, electric pallet jacks, and CPR/first aid. Staying knowledgeable and certified on these skills is vital to our work. 

You and your family can prepare as well, though without the heavy equipment. Make sure you are up to date on what you need to in case disaster strikes by visiting ready.gov. There you can also find tips on building emergency kits and creating plans for you and your family. Get the kids involved too, and make sure that should worse come to worst, you and your family know what to do and where to go. 

If you are interested in helping those whose lives have been turned upside down by a disaster, you can donate at convoyofhope.org or check out our kit building instructions to pitch in and help those in need. As always, you can stay up to date on all of our disaster responses by visiting convoyofhope.org/blog.

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Convoy of Hope's Community Event's Director, Steve Pulis is trained by our Disaster Services team to operate an electric pallet jack. Cross-training our staff allows us to deploy more qualified personnel when they are needed. Convoy of Hope's Community Event's Director, Steve Pulis is trained by our Disaster Services team to operate an electric pallet jack. Cross-training our staff allows us to deploy more qualified personnel when they are needed.

Cross-training leads to Greater Capacity

In today’s ever-changing world, Convoy of Hope is focusing on finding new and innovative ways to provide help. The models for our Community Events, disaster responses, and international work are nimble and have found new ways to continue and even expand our capacity during this strenuous time. 

Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team held a two-day training where attendees learned the ins and outs of responding to disasters. The training covered why Disaster Services does what it does, their processes and methods of distribution, debris clean-up process, and electric pallet jack certification.

Many of those in attendance were members of Convoy of Hope’s Community Events staff. In order to better serve in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Community Events decided to change to a point of distribution (POD) model like the one Disaster Services uses. This allows them to serve more people,in a way that is safe for our guests and volunteers. 

“We really want to be cross-trained so we can do more when it comes to the work we do here in the United States,” says Community Events Senior Director Steve Pulis. “When we restructured to focus on PODs, the Disaster Services teams — the ones that have perfected that model inside and out — had best practices we could follow. The more our U.S. program can cross lines, collaborate, cross train, and pick up strategies from each other, the better we can come alongside churches and partners.”

Across the U.S., the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to change the way we do things. In the face of difficulty, let’s choose to keep helping others, change our tactics if we need to, and ask each other for help along the way. 

Visit convoyofhope.org/events for more information on ways you can partner with Convoy of Hope in 2020.

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Distributing water is a vital part of what Convoy of Hope does during times of disaster. Distributing water is a vital part of what Convoy of Hope does during times of disaster.

Prolonged Drought Launches Puerto Rico’s Need for Water

A prolonged drought in Puerto Rico has created severe water shortages for residents. Due to strict rationing, many are without regular running water. The situation was recently declared a state of emergency by Wanda Vázquez, the island’s governor.

Convoy of Hope’s International Disaster Services team has initiated a response in Puerto Rico. Containers full of water are shipping to the island, where our staff will distribute the product and get cases of water to families in need. Convoy of Hope’s team in Puerto Rico has been extremely active in recent months after several earthquakes caused millions of dollars in damage.

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