On February 5th, Harbor Rotarian Jim Carriere was awarded a Volunteer Service Award by President Barak Obama.
ShelterBox USA volunteers across the nation have been recognized by President Obama and ShelterBox USA with the President's Volunteer Service Award for their efforts during 2010 to provide shelter, warmth and dignity for survivors of natural disasters worldwide.
In the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, many watched on the television wishing they could make a difference. They knew ShelterBox, an international disaster relief charity, would be on the scene delivering it's iconic green box containing a family tent, water purification, a cook set and stove along with other essentials.
Through their efforts of raising awareness and fundraising for ShelterBox, the organization was able to provide more than 28,000 ShelterBoxes which accounted for one-quarter of all of the tented shelter in Haiti.
"In all of 2010, ShelterBox responded to 22 disasters in 17 countries providing more than 45,000 ShelterBoxes," said Emily Sperling, interim executive director for ShelterBox USA. "It is only because of the efforts of our volunteers that we were able to help so many people."
The President's Volunteer Service Award is a special recognition presented on behalf of President Barack 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.