Lower Susquehanna Synod Lutheran Disaster Response Network (LSSLDRN)

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What We Do

Partner with VOADs and COADs across the territory of the synod in disaster response efforts. “VOAD” stands for Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster. “COAD” is County Organizations Active in Disaster. Both function in the same way. They are simply a coalition of organizations like Lutheran Disaster Response, Mennonite Disaster Services, Salvation Army and many, many others who work together to aid our neighbors in need following disasters. The York County VOAD is currently actively responding to unmet needs in York County following Hurricane Ida.

Congregational Security and Disaster Preparedness workshops/trainings. Have you considered how prepared your congregation is in the face of disasters? How secure is your building from all hazards around you? LSSLDRN leaders can assist you in answering preparedness questions you may have and are available to help provide training.

The LSSLDR Team will be embarking upon it’s 24th mission trip this coming spring.  We will be going to Port Charlotte, FL, to assist with the long-term recovery efforts following Hurricane Ian in September 2022.  Our trip will include 32 participants and will take place April 28 – May 4, 2024. Slots on this trip are beginning to fill up.  If you would like to reserve a spot on this trip, please contact Pastor Glenn Beard (contact information below).  If your congregation has a group that is interested in making a trip of your own, feel free to contact Pastor Beard for assistance in locating a place where you can volunteer!

How can you get involved?  Our network is always in need of volunteers to:

  • reach out to disaster victims following a storm
  • help rebuild and/or provide construction estimation and supervision
  • provide meals for volunteers on mission trips
  • provide case management for victims of disaster
  • assist with fundraising efforts

For more information on any of these opportunities please contact the Rev. Glenn Beard, Jr., LSSLDRN Coordinator, at gbeard@luthercare.org or (717) 471-1067.