Flooding Responses Continue
The Center for Humanitarian Engagement (CHE) here at Walla Walla University has just completed its third week of assisting in recovery efforts and answering calls for aid from members of the local community after severe flooding swept through the Walla Walla Valley.
E. David Lopez
This past weekend during our weekly CARE project, we were able to mobilize several outreach groups made up of 50 volunteers who teamed up with an organization called Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organization that provides support to those in need. One group traveled out to a mobile home park in Pendleton where all 90 homes were damaged by the flooding. Supporting the park’s efforts in removing old insulation and clearing out yards, the group’s time was productive.
While there, a child that lived there approached one of our volunteers and asked, "why are you here?" Our volunteer responded, “We are here because we care about you and want to help you.” Astonished by the response, the child was not able to comprehend the high level of kindness we were there to extend to him, a complete stranger.
This is the reason why we exist. This is why we serve. The CHE is here to build positive relationships and impact the lives of those in our community in ways they don’t expect.
On behalf of the CHE, I would like to thank all of you who have been volunteering, donating, and praying for our efforts over the last few weeks. The kindness found in our work would not exist to share without your heart of kindness.
P.S. For updates on volunteer opportunities related to the flood please Text: WWFLOOD To: 51400