Adventist Community Services of the Northeastern Conference (ACS) sponsored a pilot warehouse operations class in Hamden, Connecticut, USA on Sunday, January 23, 2022.
Bob Mitchell, director of the Potomac Conference ACS and certified instructor with more than 30 years of experience working with the ACS, taught the course he developed with a program committee. Mario Augustave, ACS and Disaster Response (DR) ministry director for the Northeast Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and W. Derrick Lea, ACS Northeast Division director. American (NAD), were also presenters.
Sixty-five participants from three local conferences, Northeast, Greater New York and Southern New England, attended the eight-hour course hosted by the Mount Zion Seventh-day Adventist Church. The pilot training class is designed to equip local conference ACS DR ministry teams with warehouse skills to respond in the event of an emergency. These include assessing adequate staffing; security rules; inspection; and driving forklifts. Participants also learned about cultivating a culture of service, managing donations, and distributing donated goods and in-kind gifts. Those who have successfully completed the warehouse operations course will receive a certificate.
NAD ACS is a founding member of the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), which assists the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in disasters. Warehouse operations training meets FEMA standards, Mitchell said. Trained volunteers serve and train others within their local communities and other areas of NAD territory to respond to emergencies, such as the recent Colorado wildfires.
“The effort was a major success,” said Lea, who also leads disaster response for NAD.
The host church has functional warehouse space, a gym and three loading docks, which the ACS North East Director plans to use as a warehouse that will benefit the region as that they continue to improve the structure to use, explained Lea. He hopes these types of efforts will be the norm in the future because “[we] look forward to supporting local conferences that work together to benefit the communities in which we live, worship and work.
the original version of this story was published on the North American Division news sites.