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Area volunteers earn President’s Volunteer Service Award

Upper Bucks volunteers, Bill Tuszynski and Henry Tur, have been recognized by the US Presidential Administration and humanitarian organization, ShelterBox USA, with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their efforts in 2019 to provide emergency shelter and supplies to people who have lost their homes to natural disaster or fled because of civil conflict. 

Bill and Henry’s efforts in raising awareness and funds for ShelterBox helped the organization provide shelter and life-saving supplies to more than 145,000 people in 11 countries, including Paraguay, after severe flooding, Malawi after Cylone Idai, Syria to support families affected by conflict, and many others. 

“The lifesaving work of ShelterBox is only possible because of inspiring volunteers like Bill Tuszynski and Henry Tur, whose service in their communities is ensuring families made homeless by disaster and conflict situations have access to essential shelter and supplies.” said Kerri Murray, President of ShelterBox USA. “This distinction truly sets him apart as someone committed to serving others and making the world a better place.” 

ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid in the form of family-sized tents and essential tools to start repairing and rebuilding homes.

Additionally, the organization’s kits and boxes contain items that help transform shelter into a home, like cooking sets, solar lights, blankets, water filtration, and mosquito nets.

More than shelter, these items enable families to recovery following disaster, providing a way to keep communities and families together and allowing them the space to focus on the future. 

The award is part of a national recognition program created in 2003 through the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation for individuals of all ages who contribute a significant amount of time to volunteer activities. 

To volunteer, fundraise, or make a donation, visit www.shelterboxusa.org or call 1-805-608-2400.

PHOTO CAP: Bill Tuszynski (left) and Henry Tur (right) with ShelterBox USA President Kerri Murray.

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