Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Verona honored for community service
All along Northern Italy, the region hardest hit by COVID-19, Volunteer Ministers of Pro.Civi.Co.S
- Delivery of food, supplies and prescriptions to people confined to their homes
- Worked in COVID test stations, providing crowd control
- Formed helplines where those who need help can ask for help
- Sanitized and worked in high risk establishments such as nursing homes
- Fundraising to buy supplies for those affected by the disaster
Church of Scientology Volunteer Ministers Program is a religious social service created in the mid-1970s by Founder of Scientology L. Ron Hubbard. It is one of the largest independent relief forces in the world.
With the events of the terrorist attacks of September 11 in New York City, ecclesiastical leader of Scientology Sir. David Miscavige called on Scientologists to redouble their efforts to help their fellow human beings. He issued a directive called “The Wake-Up Call,” which has inspired amazing growth within the Volunteer Minister program. In response, the volunteer ministers of Italy formed Pro.Civi.Co.S, which was entered in the register of the National Department of Civil Defense the following year. The Verona chapter of Pro.Civi.Co.S was formed in 2008 and is registered in the regional register of civil protection associations.
Over the past two decades, Pro.Civi.Co.S and the Volunteer Ministers of Italy responded to disasters at home and abroad, including the L’Aquila and Amatrice earthquakes in Italy, the 2004 South Asian tsunami, the Haiti the 2010 earthquake, the 2019 Albania earthquake and the 2020 Croatia earthquake.
The mandate of a volunteer minister is to be “a person who voluntarily helps his fellow men by restoring meaning, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others”. Their credo: “A voluntary minister does not close his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to deal with these things and help others derive relief and new personal strength from them.
For more information, visit the interactive timeline, 20/21 — A look back and a look forward, on the Scientology website.
SOURCE Church of Scientology International