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Lutheran World Relief

Rating: 4.96 stars   51 reviews 4,515

Nonprofit Issues:

International

Address:

700 Light Street Baltimore MD 21230 USA

Mission:

Affirming God’s love for all people, we work with Lutherans and partners around the world to end poverty, injustice and human suffering.

Results:

In 2012, Lutheran World Relief reached 7,827,163 people in 189 projects across 35 countries.

Target demographics:

improve people's lives

Direct beneficiaries per year:

7,827,163 people across 35 countries

Geographic areas served:

countries around the world

Programs:

responding to emergencies, and providing long-term solutions like training farmers in developing nations

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http://www.lwr.org/

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God's continually blessing of our time, talent and treasure
+ Lutheran World Relief = Loving our Brothers and Sisters all over the world!

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After observing the local work of volunteers quilting and assembling kits for LWR for many years I became an active with the quilters. It has been rewarding to assist in this ministry to provide care and comfort to those in need around the world. In that process we provide opportunities for service to many who might not otherwise touch people around the world and build friendships here at home. Personally I have met old and new friends through posts to the LWR Facebook page. What a joy to serve others while building relationships with others doing this work!

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LWR does amazing work in working with organizations around the world to help meet a variety of needs. They act as the collecting point for many, many churches who make quilts, layettes, personal care kits, etc and help make sure these are made available to those most in need, especially when devastating natural events like the recent tragediies in Nepal, LWR was there with help, in remote regions as well as more populated areas.

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LWR is a life changing organizing in so many ways. It brings people together to effectively volunteer and donate. LWR brings resources, supplies, and support around the world to those in need. LWR is especially known for its excellent support during disasters. I support LWR financially and through volunteering with the quilt ministry, health kits, and baby kits at my church. My church, St. Luke Lutheran Church, Silver Spring, MD has been making LWR quilts for 15 years, and we have contributed about 1000 quilts during this time. My church participates in school supplies, health kits, and baby kits, too. My daughter had the opportunity to help with school supply distribution while visiting Guatemala with her Baltimore (MD) Lutheran Campus Ministry. I am fortunate to live close enough to the New Windsor, MD warehouse and get to see the volunteers in action when we deliver the quilts and other kits for shipping each year. LWR touches the lives of the volunteers and those receiving direct assistance. LWR is my #1 Great Nonprofit!!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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We have worked with Lutheran World Relief by coordinating the collection of quilts and kits each year (enough to fill a railroad boxcar or a couple of semi-trucks.) It is great to meet others who come from all over northern Wisconsin to bring their items to be shipped for the good of those who are in need (both in America as well as overseas in eastern Europe, the Philippines and Africa.) It's exciting to be part of something that personally impacts the lives of people.

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I have given to LWR for some years, admiring the stewardship and selection of services they support. Lutheran World Relief adheres to the mission of service and caring.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I have sewn for years and have found such a good home with the quilting group I work with in our ministry. To know that we can and do help people all over the world from the comfort of our homes and church is most gratifying. Many friendships have materialized while working together on the quilts, baby care kits and school backpacks to be distributed by LWR. We all are blessed to be able to take part in such a wonderful undertaking.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Recruit more volunteers to further our efforts.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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In May 2013, I was able to travel with Lutheran World Relief to Tanzania, East Africa. The first part of our trip was to see some of the results of the Lutheran Malaria Initiative (LMI) in the country. The Children's Survival Program targets the poorest of the poor: pregnant women, babies, and young children. Through education, mentoring, and distributing malaria nets, lives are being saved. I saw women and children who were alive because of LMI. Very powerful. The churches are the place to go for education, training, and support. The second part of the trip took us to Dar Es Salaam on the coast of the Indian Ocean to visit one of the partner organizations that Lutheran World Relief has worked with for a number of years. Visiting the warehouse where the quilts and kits are stored, I was impressed with the security, cleanliness, and organization. Being able to help with the delivery and distribution of quilts to places that are not able to get to the city to pick them up was a highlight of the trip. The quilts and kits go to individual people; careful records are kept of the names of those who receive them. When you see the yearly reports of Lutheran World Relief, you can know that each item went to a real person, not to an organization. For many of the recipients, this may be one of the few things they own. The staff with whom I traveled was top notch, as were all of the staff members I met in Tanzania. One of the things that I found very impressive is the cost to ship a quilt is $2.25; I am not sure about you but I can't send a small package to my grandchildren just a few states away for that price! This is an organization that cherishes the things that are entrusted to them and is appreciative of the many volunteer hours that go into making quilts and assembling kits. I have been privileged to share PowerPoint presentations of my trip to women's groups, churches, in retreat settings, and in larger conventions. It is a story that needs to be told!


Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Lutheran World Relief is a success story in it's outreach to the world.
It is a joy to be a giver and in my years of being a LWR quilter I have
been richly blessed with many friendships with other quilters. It was
the open door when we moved to new locations. When one confronts
the problems of the world LWR provides an answer. For me the
answer has been" I'll make another quilt".

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Lutheran world relief is the best organization, more than just quilts and kits. I was blessed to go on a LWR study tour to East Africa to see projects first hand and to meet LWR staff. The tenents of LWR are using appropriate technology (for example, using local supplies, rather than shipping in a tractor which they fix nor afford the petrol for), non-duplication of efforts (by cooperating with other NGOs), local leadership (those who know the community and will continue the project), careful stewardship of resources (their projects are self-sustaining, and a dollar goes a long, long way), and nonsectarian (helping all people regardless of religion or political affiliation). Some philosophies of LWR are accompaniment: partnership with those in need and walk together; and 'do not trample.'

LWR has one of the highest donation rates: 90 cents of every dollar goes directly to projects. i've been involved with LWR since 1993; 5 others from my church have also gone on LWR study tours (which I highly recommend). It was a life-shattering, awesome spiritual experience. Since then, I've been a member of the LWR speakers board and have attended and presented at global mission events, and of course volunteered and donated. I know first hand that my dollar is spent in the best way possible.

LWR supports entire communities, rather that just supporting one child in a community. They get input from the community what type of projects would work best for them. For example, in Western Kenya, one village decided to raise pigs; the first offspring are donated to the next family in need. In eastern Kenya, which is primarily Muslim, pork would not have been their choice. The local community sets their own rules for deciding who gets chosed for livestock; so many families own livestock now that they no longer need LWR support; LWR just got them started.

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