Bill Decker Inducted Into ShelterBox Hall of Fame

Media Contact: Jeremy Jacobs, [email protected], (858) 531-3362 

PARK CITY, UtahShelterBox USA, a global humanitarian disaster and conflict relief organization, today welcomed Park City resident Bill Decker to its Hall of Fame after years of service, including raising more than $100,000. 

For more than 20 years, ShelterBox has provided shelter and other essential items to the most vulnerable forced from their homes by disaster and conflict. It is currently responding to the crisis in Ukraine, setting up multiple relief programs both inside and outside Ukraine, to help the more than 3 million refugees who have fled Ukraine, and the millions who remain internally displaced within the country.  

Decker is a ShelterBox Ambassador and member of the ShelterBox Response Team, a group of highly trained volunteers who are often among the first to deploy following disasters. He is also a former member of the ShelterBox USA Board of Directors.  

“I am thrilled to welcome Bill into the Ambassador Hall of Fame,” said ShelterBox USA president Kerri Murray. “Bill’s unwavering commitment to ShelterBox and its mission has helped thousands of people displaced by disaster and conflict receive emergency shelter and household supplies, enabling the beginning of their recovery. His service is an inspiration to all of us at ShelterBox.” 

There are more than 300 ShelterBox ambassadors, volunteers across the country who represent the organization and fundraise for it. Raising $100,000 qualifies an ambassador to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Decker has raised more than $109,000. He’s the 42nd ambassador to reach that milestone. 

ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid in the form of family-sized tents and essential tools to start repairing and rebuilding homes. The organization’s kits and boxes are tailored to each response, frequently items such as cooking sets, solar lights, blankets, water filters, and activity sets for children. 

ShelterBox has deployed to disasters like the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, and it launched its largest response to date in the Philippines after Typhoon Rai last December. It is currently undertaking a major response to the crisis in Ukraine, working around the clock to set up programs for refugees as well as those displaced within Ukraine. Those responses will include sending thousands of mattresses to “collective centers” like schools, churches, and sports centers, as well as thermal blankets, hygiene kits, solar lights, and water carriers. It has responded in Ukraine twice previously, in 2003 and 2008, and has experience in protracted conflict zones, including 10 years of work in Syria. 

Kerri and Bill are available for interviews, please contact Jeremy Jacobs to arrange one. 

Click here to learn more about the ShelterBox Ambassadors program.


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