FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 9, 2012
ACS ENABLES RELIEF ORGINIZATIONS TO RESPOND TO INDIANA TORNADO CRISIS WITH ONE, UNITED EFFORT
Jeffersonville, IN— Adventist Community Services (ACS) opened the multi-agency distribution center in response to the Southern Indiana tornado crises. The ACS multi-agency warehouse in Jeffersonville is the size of a football field and works as an organizing agent, coordinating the relief efforts of entities such as the United Way, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the American Legion.
ACS, represented through the disaster relief department of the Indiana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, is directed by Al Currier. Currier works jointly with VOAD, the government’s branch for disaster relief in the state of Indiana, who commissioned ACS to organize the relief efforts.
“We are an umbrella entity that enables the volunteer organizations to work together,” said Tabitha Sikes, ACS multi-agency warehouse floor manager, said. “It’s our job to make sure everybody has a focus or job—that jobs aren’t doubled up on, and that everything is covered.”
When Little Caesars Pizza inquired how they could help disaster victims, ACS connected them, enabling a pizza feed, which served 3,000 pizza pies on Mach 8, 2012 alone.
ACS also hosts the disasters’ shipping and receiving service. They arrange for shifts of volunteers to attend to the streams of semis who deliver supplies day and night. Volunteers inventory incoming supplies, also sorting through piles of random donations made by private donors and individuals.
“We sort the usable products into categories and keep up-to-date inventory. When people go to the fire department or the Red Cross for specific needs, that location will requests the items from the warehouse. That way, onsite distributors only have what they need on hand,” Sikes said.
According to the Indiana Conference Treasury Department, "The greatest need at this time is for monetary donations."
Donations may be made to the Indiana Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, P O Box 1950, Carmel, Indiana 46082, or may be submitted online by visiting indysda.org, scrolling to the bottom of the Indiana Conference’s home page and clicking the “Donate Here” button.
Those who wish to volunteer may call Julie Loucks at the Indiana Conference Office, 844-6201, to leave contact information and the duration of time they can be available to aide in the relief effort. Those who qualify will be contacted as the distribution center is ready to activate the volunteers.