Lower Susquehanna Synod Lutheran Disaster Response Network (LSSLDRN)

ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response

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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.

Disaster Response Mission Trips – each year our local network embarks upon at least one mission trip to an area still recovering from a major disaster. Our next trip will be to Houston, TX, April 16-22, 2023. Houston is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey, a major ice storm and several floods. If you would like to learn more about this trip contact Pastor Beard (see below) or plan to attend our next trip planning meeting on Sunday, January 15, at 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room at Luther Acres, 250 St. Luke Drive, Lititz.

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.