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Robyn Lyn F.

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Review for Operation Blessing International , Virginia Beach, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I had the unexpected opportunity (thanks to a providential chance encounter at the Joplin Starbucks :-)) to work alongside CBN's Operation Blessing during three separate relief trips to Joplin, MO this past summer. After two trips I was so impressed with their staff, led by Jody Herrington-Gettys and Dan Moore, that I asked to come down for a third week just to work with them again.

I've worked in the nonprofit sector for many years - and have been involved with other US relief projects - but I can't stop talking (facebooking and twittering :-)) about the OB staff, mission and accomplishments I experienced while volunteering on both debris removal and home rebuild projects.

Although the entire staff seemed to work as one, encouraging and directing volunteers teams engaged in difficult tasks (and very hot temps), Jody's leadership taught me how to be a better leader in my "real" job. She managed her team with strength and grace, gently prodding productive activity (as we were filling the newly-restored homes with furniture mere moments before the scheduled reveals :-)), and engaged volunteers with her "have fun and be safe" philosophy. I also appreciate the attention to detail Jody gave to each of the home rebuilds, seeking to add an extra personal touch to each family's decor based on specifics needs or interests.

Whether it was a difficult debris removal project or an exciting home rebuild reveal, the OB team functioned efficiently and effectively to meet each day's goals. Decisions regarding people, finances, weather and safety were handled with care and wisdom.

I'm hoping life will offer many additional opportunities to work with Jody, Dan and the OB team, and I highly encourage support of their efforts.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Disaster relief, project management, debris removal and home rebuild activities, volunteer coordination, financial decisions, marketing and media engagement.

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

Find a way to work with them more frequently. :-) Seriously, I was so impressed with the team, the decisions, the mission, etc. after the first two trips that I immediately started looking at when/how I could join up with them again. Now that I've had the opportunity to work with them a third time, I'm hoping for a fourth.

Role:  Volunteer & Volunteered with OB disaster relief efforts in Joplin, MO on three separate trips.