NJ-Based Volunteers Earn National Award For Efforts Following Japan Earthquake

STATE – New Jersey-based volunteers, Dick Isackson, Doug Metz and Len Nemeroff have been recognized by President Obama and ShelterBox USA with a Presidential Volunteer Service Award for their efforts during 2011 to provide shelter, warmth and dignity for survivors of natural and other disasters worldwide.

In the aftermath of disasters such as the Japan earthquake and tsunami last March, many watched on the television wishing they could make a difference. The volunteer ambassadors knew ShelterBox, an international disaster relief charity, would be on the scene delivering its iconic green box containing a family tent, water purification, a cook set and stove along with other lifesaving supplies. Through their efforts of raising awareness and funds for ShelterBox, the organization was able to provide more than 17,600 ShelterBoxes to families throughout the world in 2011, including the tornadoes in the southern U.S., drought and famine in East Africa, widespread flooding in the Philippines and the subsequent earthquakes in Turkey.

“I am truly proud to honor our volunteers, who work hard year-round to support ShelterBox and our efforts to help families rebuild their lives across the globe,” said Emily Sperling, ShelterBox USA President. “It’s because of the continuous efforts of our volunteers that we are able to help so many vulnerable families each year.”

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.

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