WV National Guard given national charity award

Published: Aug. 31, 2017 at 2:32 PM EDT
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The West Virginia National Guard has been awarded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s 2017 Sam Carocci Humanitarian Disaster Relief Award.

According to a news release from the assembly, the award is given yearly to an outstanding organization in disaster relief and recovery. It has been given to the WV National Guard for its support of the charity organizations recovery work after the disastrous flooding within the Mountain State in June 2016.

An award ceremony took place Thursday at the Marriott Waterside Hotel & Hotel in Tampa, Florida during the opening luncheon of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Annual Assembly of its membership.

“The 6400 men and women of the West Virginia National Guard are honored to receive this award. Our response was part of the collective efforts of our organization, local and state first responders and volunteers from across our communities,” said Maj. Gen. James A. Hoyer, Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard. “We often use the motto, ‘Neighbors helping neighbors,’ and that’s what it’s all about. What affects one of us, affects all of us, so we respond as if every family we help is our own. It is my sincere hope that others may learn from our experience so that they are better prepared to respond to emergencies in their own communities.”

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is one of the founding members of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, an organization that helps communities affected by disasters throughout the United States, and the National House in a Box® Program provides household items to families in need.

“The West Virginia National Guard provided us with support for our National House in a Box® Program, and under the leadership of Major General James Hoyer, the Guard assisted us with the 2017 W. Va. Economic Recovery Summit at Marshall University. Building partnerships is critical doing disaster recovery and St. Vincent de Paul is honored to be working with the West Virginia National Guard,” said Elizabeth Disco-Shearer, CEO of the Disaster Services Corporation of SVdP USA.

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is currently assisting victims of Hurricane Harvey. To donate to that or another organization helping, you can visit the Related Link.

EDIT: This article has been edited to include the correct day of the ceremony.