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World Cares Center opens the doors of September Space a holistic wellness center for disaster workers, first responders, volunteer and survivors.
World Cares Center hosts its first Iron Skillet Cook Off.
World Cares Center responds to the NYC Black out turning September Space into a temporary shelter and call center for those stranded in NYC with no place to stay.
World Cares Center responds to Hurricane Katrina working with the University of New Orleans, FEMA and the community to guide the development of the Welcome Home Centers and help local leaders organize their volunteer recovery efforts.
World Cares Center launches its leadership series proving spontaneous volunteer management planning across the USA.
Haitian Earthquake. World Cares Center deployed a team training local Haitian leaders to set up and manage community resource centers. From Les Anglais to Citi Soleil the WCC-Haiti team trained and supported local leaders in proving shelter, medical care and safety training across earthquake struck Haiti for over two year eventually passing ownership to the local director.
World Cares Center’s founder Lisa Orloff publishes Managing Spontaneous Community Volunteers in Disasters, A Field Manual, CRC Press.
Japanese Tsunami. WCC supported survivors through the collection of soccer equipment for displaced children and the linguist and cultural adaptation of World Cares Center’s Healing Journal for Parents and Children.
New York City Earthquake. Though little damaged occurred, this event was reminiscent of the 9-11-2001 attacks. Building managers had not prepared for an earthquake and mixed messages added to the fear. World Cares Center quickly responded by launching an earthquake safety training for facility managers.
Hurricane Irene. World Cares Center, as a member of New Jersey VOAD, led the coordination of volunteer groups providing muck and gut services across the state if New Jersey. Working with 211, New Jersey State Police and dozens of volunteer groups WCC managed over 1,200 requests for support. This response led to the development of World Cares Centers first Flood Response Training co-developed with the Southern Baptists.
Superstorm Sandy struck and World Cares Center was well prepared due to its Hurricane Irene response. WCC stood up and managed three volunteer reception center’s in Brooklyn, Far Rockaway, and Staten Island mucking, gutting and preparing over 500 homes for rebuild and training over 1700 just in time volunteers.
World Cares Center launches its disaster volunteerism center of excellence and online academy. Supporters include the National Institute of Enviromental Health Sciences and Rutgers University to work together to develop the highest level of training for disaster volunteers.