Acts of Kindness Are Very Precious, Especially in Times of Need

Volunteer Ministers from the Church of Scientology of Vancouver responded after flooding left huge swaths of southwestern British Columbia and northwestern Washington in shambles.

Last month, after a freak weather condition caused severe flooding in the Fraser Valley region of southwest British Columbia and northwest Washington State, Volunteer Ministers from the Church of Scientology Vancouver connected via Facebook with those in need of help.

“We posted in a Facebook group set up for people to request assistance, stating we had a group of volunteers and did anyone need help cleaning out their basements,” says Elena, one of the volunteers. 

Receiving immediate replies, they took off in three pickup trucks loaded with tools, equipment and supplies.

At the first home, the family was well into the cleanup when they arrived and so they helped them finish it up. They headed to the next request half an hour east where they were asked to move all the furniture out of a damaged home to a dry location. The family was so happy they came in trucks. The volunteers would never have been able to help them if they had not.

Their next was a home with a flooded basement. “This was the worst one so far,” says Elena. When they arrived, there were four young men and their father. The nine volunteers jumped in and it was done in an hour and a half.

It was hard work but very rewarding and best was the message they received after finishing that last job:

“We would just like to say a really BIG thank you to you and the group of volunteers who came out to help clear out our friend’s basement. We were pretty overwhelmed when the job started and we didn’t know how many of their local friends would come to help… we are so very thankful for you all coming out this distance and pitching in. Acts of kindness like this are very precious especially during this time of great need. So thank you and blessings on all of you!”

The Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers program is a religious social service created in the mid-1970s by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard.

A Volunteer Minister’s mandate is to be “a person who helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others.” Their creed: “A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as well.”

For more information, visit the interactive timeline on the Scientology website.

The Scientology religion was founded by author and philosopher L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in Los Angeles in 1954 and the religion has expanded to more than 11,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups, with millions of members in 167 countries.

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