David Campbell, executive director of Hands on Disaster Response, will give the keynote address at Niagara University’s Border Community SERVICE “Empowering Volunteers” conference on Aug. 8 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in the Castellani Art Museum.
The free event is designed for Community Emergency Response Team volunteers and community leaders. The conference will include hands-on skill reviews, workshops on current community preparedness programs, and an overview of funded community preparedness initiatives. Participants will also have the opportunity to engage in small group discussions about the development of local and regional community preparedness efforts.
Campbell, a 1963 Niagara University graduate and trustee emeritus, travelled to Thailand in 2005 immediately following the tsunami and became one of the founders of HandsOnThailand.org, which brought over 200 volunteers and several hundred thousand dollars to assist the rebuilding of five Phuket fishing villages. In 2006, after a 1,500-volunteer Katrina response project in Mississippi, this volunteer response model became known as Hands On Disaster Response and has brought volunteer assistance to thousands of families since its formative days in Thailand
Hands On Disaster Response is a U.S.-based, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing hands-on assistance to survivors of natural disasters around the world. By supporting volunteers with housing, meals, tools, and organized work at no charge, the organization is able to provide free and effective response services to communities in need.
To register, log on to www.niagara.edu/BorderCommunityService.