Putting Your Compassion into Action

Looking for a Hands-On Project?  Kits Needed! 

Thanks to the great efforts of CWS communions such as ours, Church World Service has a good stock of CWS Hygiene Kits. But the stock of CWS School Kits, Baby Care Kits and Emergency Cleanup Buckets is very low.  More materials are needed to respond to pending requests and be ready for future emergencies. Information on various kits that may be compiled and donated to CWS may be found at http://www.cwsglobal.org/get-involved/kits


CWS Kits are small packages of supplies assembled by volunteers and shipped to people in need around the world.  The contents of each kit have been selected with care based on years of experience to make them as useful as possible, wherever and whenever they are sent. 

Kits may be sent to CWS all year.  Each kit page provides a list of items to include, along with packing and shipping information to our collection centers in New Windsor, Md. and Little Rock, Ark. Some states have drop-off points at various times as well.

Cash donations in lieu of assembled kits also help us to provide much-needed supplies.

Thank you for giving from the heart!  Your continuing support of this program is very important and helps to ensure CWS Kits are available for immediate response after a disaster.  If you have any questions, read our FAQs, or call your CWS Regional Office toll-free at 888-297-2767. 

Responding to Children after Disasters                  

Since 1980, Children's Disaster Services has been caring for children after disasters in shelters and assistance centers by providing volunteers specially trained and certified to care for children who have experienced a disaster.  Using techniques that utilize toys that encourage expression, volunteers provide a calm safe and reassuring presence in the midst of the chaos created by a disaster.  Although we are part of Church of the Brethren Disaster Ministries, our workshop is open to anyone over the age of 18.  Please visit our website for more information.

Children's Disaster Workshops are scheduled for the fall: 

September 20-21, 2013, 703 Whitney Ave, #6, New Haven, CT

Contact:  Bruce Lockwood, lockwoodbruce@comcast.net

November 1-2, 2013, 302 E. 12th Ave, Cordele, GA                 

Contact:  Allison Lindsey, 912-393-5524

November 15-16, 2013, 102 Newtown Road, Groton, CT          

Contact:  Bruce Lockwood, lockwoodbruce@comcast.net 

We find that caring for children after a disaster brings new volunteers to disaster work, often drawing from teachers and childcare providers and others who work with children.  It is important that we fill these workshops, as the more volunteers we have, the faster we can respond to the needs of children after a disaster.  

Thank you for your help!  For other questions about volunteering or training, please contact our office,weekofcompassion@woc.disciples.org or call (317) 713-2442. 

Thanks for putting your compassion into action by partnering with WoC!