Our community responded extremely well to those who came to us, but this recent event demonstrated that if we in the faith-based community were better organized and prepared, we could do so much more," says Compassion Coalition chair William Scroggins
"Faith-based organizations that become part of Compassion Coalition are a vital component of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD)," said Salvation Army's Major Mark Smith.Smith chairs the newly formed association of social service agencies, who coordinate their efforts during times of crisis."Compassion Coalition members will automatically become part of VOAD and closely work with all county social service agencies to effectively serve those who are in need.We are excited about this new means for the faith-based community to formally interact with us."
"There are two unique and distinct advantages that Compassion Coalition
brings to Tuscaloosa County
says."First, faith-based organizations and their members can evaluate how they are best suited to offer volunteers and the skills, resources and services their members are willing to provide during times of crisis.Pre-disaster planning helps avoid duplicated efforts and ensures more people who are in need will be served.This preplanning also identifies service gaps so Tuscaloosa County EMA and Tuscaloosa County VOAD can problem-solve to close these gaps."Scroggins
continues, "Second, Compassion Coalition
launched its interactive communications and mobilization website on July 15 of this year.Faith-based organizations can go on-line at www.cc-tc.org to indicate at least three of 52 needed resources, skills and services they are able to provide during emergency responses.The decision to select more than three services a faith-based group is committed to consistently provide depends on the organization's membership and resources."
Faith-based organizations are also asked to provide at least one of their three contact representatives with high-speed internet access due to the internet's ability to rapidly keep everyone informed.After enrolling, faith-based organizations can update their information from their own computers on an ongoing basis."This eliminates the obsolescence factor inherently built into published documents containing pertinent and timely data," says Scroggins
...William Scroggins, director of Tuscaloosa Prayer Network, Inc., has served as Compassion Coalition's chair since its inception in November, 2005.
"We have a hard-working group, but there is room for more ideas and leadership," said Scroggins
.If you would like to volunteer to help Compassion Coalition
, or if you would like to help support the work of this organization, visit our website at www.cc-tc.org, call 462-9916 and press 1 for William Scroggins
, or write to Compassion Coalition
, P.0. Box 1507 Tuscaloosa, AL 35403-1507.