CWS emergency appeal: 2012 severe storms and tornadoes

News & Updates | Posted Monday, January 23, 2012

Appeal Number 627-T Appeal Goal: $30,000 Situation: Over the last 24 hours, widespread storms hit the Middle Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee Valleys.  Large hail, high straight line winds and tornadoes have been reported in Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and Kentucky.  There are power outages in Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee. The storm system is still very significant and could bring on …

Their faithfulness lives on…

News & Updates | Posted Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Over the years the members of Wilson Congregational Church in Windsor, Conn have supported Church World Service programs with Blankets+ offerings, CROP Hunger Walks and other support. But their final gift might be the most meaningful. The congregation’s $175,000 gift to CWS came from the sale of their church building, a final act of philanthropy at the end of years …

Initial emergency appeal: Hurricane Irene

News & Updates | Posted Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Situation: Hurricane Irene has left extensive flood and wind damage from Puerto Rico to Maine, as well as causing at least 40 deaths; more than 4 million homes are still without power and more than 10,000 people are in FEMA shelters. Preliminary damage assessments are just starting so there are no numbers yet available of homes destroyed and damaged.  In …

Church remains dedicated to service, even in the face of tragedy

News & Updates | Posted Monday, May 16, 2011

Even though Shells Evangelical Lutheran Church, Grantville, Pennsylvania suffered a fire in their sanctuary and social hall by an arsonist, they still collected donations for the CWS Blankets+ program and will be collecting donations for the tools project in June. Shells’ congregation “gets it” and reaches out to those in need no matter what!  Shells Church mission statement is: “We …

CWS emergency appeal: 2011 Spring storms

News & Updates | Posted Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Situation: Numerous states have been devastated or impacted by severe storms, flooding and hundreds of tornadoes in April and May.  The storms and tornadoes ranged from Oklahoma to the Carolinas. States most severely impacted have been Alabama, Missouri, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Iowa  and Illinois.  But there was also significant damage in Texas, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Louisiana …

CWS Kits: ‘This is a sacred task’

News & Updates | Posted Wednesday, February 9, 2011

As full-time residents on an island in Alaska, I think the people of Sitka are hearty survivalists.  They understand being prepared in an emergency.  Perhaps that’s why this community identified so closely with the concept of a CWS Kit.  A note about the kits they recently shipped to our warehouse in Arkansas explains: Ours is a small congregation on an …

An oasis of caring and practical assistance

News & Updates | Posted Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The shockwaves from the earthquake that ravaged Haiti also swept across the Haitian-American community.  It was not unusual to have lost five, 10, even 20 family members in the rubble.  Everyone heard story after heart-wrenching story of death, injury, and loss of home and livelihood.  Survivors’ pleas for help from their U.S.-based kin multiplied. A year later, the Haitian-American community …

A year later in Haiti ‘we see people trying to move on with their lives’

News & Updates | Posted Monday, January 10, 2011

Port-au-Prince, Haiti — Media coverage of the first year since the devastating January 12, 2010, earthquake is focused on government inaction, the slow pace of recovery and the seeming inability of Haiti to recover. But the story has another side: Haitians helping Haitians, say Church World Service staff and CWS partners in anticipation of this week’s anniversary. “One year after …