This year marks the 20th anniversary of ShelterBox.
On February 14th, ShelterBox celebrated 20 years of providing life-saving shelter to families displaced by disaster by recognizing the volunteers who have made it possible. ShelterBox USA President, Kerri Murray, along with ShelterBox Staff, Board of Directors, Response Team members, and Ambassadors from around the country gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of the organization.
What began 20 years ago as a Rotary Club’s project has developed into an independent, international disaster relief organization specializing in emergency shelter. It started as a simple idea, a single green box containing emergency shelter and essential aid items for families who lost their homes in disasters and has grown into a global movement that is transforming lives around the world.
Over the years, ShelterBox has transformed, growing beyond the box, and expanding our work to meet unique needs of the beneficiaries we are serving. While ShelterBox has continued to evolve since our first response, the true north of providing shelter to families displaced by disaster and crisis situations has remained a constant. Within the past two decades, ShelterBox has supported over 1.5 million people around the world with emergency shelter aid and other essential items and training to help recovery after disaster.
This work would not be possible without our incredible donors and volunteers who selflessly give their time to raise awareness and generate support for people around the world who have been displaced by disaster.
While we have accomplished so much in the first 2 decades, the need for the work of ShelterBox has never been greater. There are more people displaced in our world now than at any time in recorded history. ShelterBox can and will do more to help families recover from disaster, giving them a place to call home.” – ShelterBox USA President, Kerri Murray.