Williamsburg, KY. - When disaster strikes, some of the first to respond to help are the dedicated Southern Baptist disaster relief volunteers. Kentucky has an active disaster relief program which works in conjunction with similar programs in other states and University of the Cumberlands (UC) was eager to become a part of the help. On October 24thand October 25th, Coy Webb, Director for the Kentucky Baptist Convention Disaster Relief, will be joining UC’s students, faculty, and staff for training on UC’s campus.
The Kentucky Disaster Relief, a part of the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC), has a program called the Collegiate Disaster Relief in which the University of the Cumberlands participates. This is an ongoing ministry and UC is one of five Kentucky schools involved. Webb, and participating school’s BCM directors such as Dean Whitaker from UC, is collaborating to gather more students, faculty, and staff in order to provide a large, effective group of volunteers to help in the event of a disaster.
“The focus right now is to get as many people trained as possible and ready to respond,” said Whitaker.
The University of the Cumberlands became a part of the Collegiate Disaster Relief ministry in February 2013 when they first started training. Training is necessary for anyone who wants to volunteer their time and helping hands in this ministry to disaster victims around the world. The Southern Baptist Disaster Relief volunteers are required to be recertified every three years. In order to be eligible for recertification, all volunteers must complete training and submit to a background check. All volunteers must be eighteen years old or older in order to serve.
The Collegiate Disaster Relief does so much more than simply rebuilding and performing cleanup duties. They also make certain to discuss God’s love with the victims and others participating and do what they can to develop and improve their relationship with Jesus Christ.
“We have had some amazing disaster relief success stories at UC and I hope to make more in the unfortunate events where disaster strikes,” said Whitaker. “It is life changing to have to witness what these victims endure. The more people who train and get certified, the more people we can send out to help those who can’t help themselves. It is a great feeling to give and show God’s love to others. We need as many as possible to become dedicated to the cause and get involved.”
Anyone interested in Disaster Relief can attend the meeting on Thursday, October 24th at 7:00pm in the Gatliff Chapel. On Friday, October 25th at 2:00 pm, Coy Webb will hold a training session that teaches what to do in the event of an emergency and prepares potential volunteers for duty. There is a fee associated with this training on Friday for certification.
For more information, visit www.kybaptist.org/dr or make a contribution to make service possible for participating volunteers. “Bear one another’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ.”- Galatians 6:2.
Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; 10 pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information visit www.ucumberlands.edu
Release prepared by Jennifer Wake-Floyd, University of the Cumberlands