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From: ELCA NEWS SERVICE, May 12, 2010

Lutheran Disaster Response Named VOAD's 2010 "Member of the Year"

Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) was named May 11 as the 2010 "Member Organization of the Year" by the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). LDR is a collaborative ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

The award was presented at a banquet during VOAD's annual conference May 11-13 in Orlando, Fla. Founded in 1970, VOAD is a coalition of non-profit organizations that respond to disasters and/or develop disaster preparedness and recovery programs.

The Rev. Kevin A. Massey, director of LDR and ELCA Domestic Disaster Response, accepted the award. "This award is in recognition of all Lutherans who love and serve their neighbors affected by disaster," said Massey. "It also recognizes the more than 20-year history of Lutherans helping serve in communities from Grand Forks, N.D., to New Orleans and in countless other places."

"We are all Lutheran Disaster Response because we all chip in and care for our neighbors when we see our neighbors experience any misfortune," said Massey.

LDR is a proud member of National VOAD, said Massey, adding that LDR collaborates closely with other organizations that serve in disaster, such as the American Red Cross and United Methodist Committee on Relief.

LDR has more than 30 Lutheran-affiliated social ministry organizations that serve as "disaster affiliates," said Michael Nevergall, assistant director, ELCA Domestic Disaster Response.

Joshua DuBois, director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, delivered the keynote presentation at the banquet.

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