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Southern Region ReliefCorps

Published on 06/07/2013

ReliefCorps 2013This past Spring, two EF5 tornadoes and flooding devastated the people of Central Oklahoma with loss of property and life. Homes, schools, and business were wiped clean from their foundations. Over forty people lost their lives and entire families were washed away in flooding. It will take thousands of relief workers, months of clean-up, and years of rebuilding before these areas will ever return to normal.

Arrowmen from all over the Southern Region have reached out looking for ways to help. In an effort to focus the incredible charitable spirit of our members and maximize our ability to help those in need, the Southern Region ReliefCorps has been called back into action.

The original idea for ReliefCorps was sparked by images of Arrowmen from Tuscaloosa helping rescue workers dig through rubble from the 2011 tornado outbreak in Alabama. ReliefCorps made a huge impact on those devastated in 2011 and it is sure to make a definite impact now in Oklahoma. The vision for ReliefCorps is to help generate manpower and revenue to assist those affected by natural disasters throughout the Southern Region.

Whenever disaster strikes, ReliefCorps is called back into action. The Southern Region ReliefCorps program is currently sponsored by Section 8 in Oklahoma and Arkansas. All lodges are encouraged to participate no matter their geographic location.

The program has two components: a lodge service project and a fundraiser. To commemorate our efforts to assist in the recovery, a special gold mylar bordered patch has been designed. To earn the service patch, you must participate in a lodge organized service project. There is only one requirement; the service project must benefit the community and not the BSA or any council. At the conclusion of the service project, the lodge should complete the Lodge ReliefCorps Report and submit it electronically by Sunday, June 30, 2013.

Additionally, a silver mylar bordered patch may be purchased for $10.00 and $1.30 shipping per order. All proceeds from these sales will be given to the American Red Cross. There is no service requirement to purchase the fundraiser patch. Orders for the patch can be made online at OAPatches.com and all patches must be purchased by Sunday, June 30th, 2013. Please help reach out to help the victims of these natural disasters by participating in this program and remember that “he who serves his fellows is of all his fellows, greatest”.

Check out OAReliefcorps.com for more information on Lodge Service Projects and how you can be part of the ReliefCorps.

 

ReliefCorps: Disaster Relief Through Cheerful Service
 
In the wake of the recent tornadoes and flooding that has brought so much destruction to the people of Central Oklahoma, our communities need our help now more than ever. Our Order was founded on the ideals of cheerful service and now is the time for us to serve that purpose. While the efforts of one individual may be substantial, it is necessary that we all come together in this time of tragedy so we may strengthen our impact and bring relief to those affected by this disaster.
 
The idea for ReliefCorps was sparked by the images of Arrowmen from Tuscaloosa helping rescue workers dig through the rubble from the 2011 tornado outbreak in Alabama.  ReliefCorps did make a large impact on the lives of those devastated by the natural disaster.  Brothers, we need your help now; encourage your lodge to plan a ReliefCorps project, donate to the victims, or join our cause.   
 
The vision of ReliefCorps is to give aid to those affected by the recent natural disasters in Central Oklahoma, which include Shawneee, Carney, Little Axe, Newcastle, and Moore areas.  ReliefCorps is a Southern Region program sponsored by Section 8 in Oklahoma and Arkansas.  All lodges are encouraged to participate no matter their geographic location.  The program has two components: a lodge service project and a fundraiser. 
 
To commemorate our recovery efforts, a special gold mylar bordered patch is being designed and can be obtained by participating in a lodge organized service project. The only requirement for the lodge service project is that the project must benefit the community and not the BSA or any council. Any OA member who participates in the lodge service project and contributes five or more hours of service or donates $20.00 or more of materials will receive the special patch. At the conclusion of the service project, the lodge should complete the Lodge ReliefCorps Report and submit it electronically by Sunday, June 30, 2013.  The lodge service report link is below.  After the Lodge ReliefCorps Report is received, the patches will be sent to your Council Service Center for distribution. 
 
Additionally, a silver mylar bordered patch may be purchased for $10.00 each and $1.30 shipping per order.  All proceeds from these sales will be given to the American Red Cross.  There is no service requirement to purchase the fundraiser patch.  Pre-Orders for the patch are online at www.oapatches.com and must be purchased by Sunday, June 30th, 2013.  A direct link to the fundraiser patch is below.  Please help reach out to the victims of these natural disasters by participating in this program and remember that “he who serves his fellows is of all his fellows, greatest”.
 
Thank You,
Wes Seaman
ReliefCorps Coordinator
Wes@OAReliefCorps.com
 

LODGE SERVICE REPORT – CLICK HERE

FUNDRAISER PATCH – CLICK HERE