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September 19, 2016
NEW YORK—A New York church, World Mission Society Church of God, received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service—the United Kingdom’s most prestigious volunteer award—leading 2.7 million global members to recommit to volunteering in their communities. As a result, the Church of God, which is at the forefront of environmental protection in New York’s Jamaica Bay, launched a multi-state public awareness campaign emphasizing volunteerism.
“Our church believes in Heavenly Mother and wishes all people of the world to live a happy life by putting the love of Mother in their hearts through voluntary works,” said General Pastor Kim Joo-Cheol of the World Mission Society Church of God. “The Church of God contributes to the peace of humankind by following the teachings of Heavenly Mother, transcending boundaries of race, culture, nationality and religion.”
Queen Elizabeth II presented the Church of God with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service after an extensive screening process. Through the award, the Church became a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, a designation for exemplary organizations, and is recognized by 53 members of the Commonwealth of Nations, including Australia, Canada and Singapore.
The Church launched a public awareness campaign with an advertorial in Time magazine describing volunteers as “everyday superheroes” who willingly sacrifice their time and efforts to improve communities. With a call to action to join the movement of volunteerism, the advertorial features the Church’s six areas of community service, including environmental protection.
For eight years, Church volunteers have worked with the American Littoral Society to preserve Jamaica Bay. They continually clean the coastline, removing debris and litter, and have helped plant salt marshes to prevent flooding. Following Hurricane Sandy, volunteers even helped dozens of families in Breezy Point, Broad Channel and the Rockaways to clean out flooded basements, tear down damaged drywall, and provided basic necessities and canned foods to the community.
The World Mission Society Church of God is a faith-based, non-profit organization that spreads God’s love through good deeds. Established in 1964, the Church of God has more than 2,700 locations in 175 countries with 2.7 million members. The Church of God conducts volunteer service in disaster relief, environmental protection, blood drives, social welfare, smile campaigns and healing through art. For more information, visit newyork.wmschurchofgod.org or its social media sites, Facebook and Twitter.