Alan Park has lived in North Hudson since 1979. Learn about the volunteer work he has done all over the world.
What organization or groups are you a part of? What is your role within it?
This gets involved since I have been doing volunteer work since 2002. I formerly worked with the American Red Cross as a Disaster response volunteer. I also was a mission trip leader with Praying Pelican Missions, served in Haiti, South Florida and Arizona. Currently, I am co-leading trips to Tanzania through Bethel Lutheran Church and serving the Oglala Lakota People on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.
Since 2007, I have been helping with disaster recovery and rebuilding, primarily in the Gulf Coast area, working with the Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders.
How did you get involved?
I was first asked to join the Bethel Lutheran Mission Committee at our church, as they wanted to become involved in disaster recovery. Through that I joined the Red Cross and became a Disaster Relief team member.
With Bethel I first began taking international mission trips to Tanzania, to work with our partner congregation in Iringa, Tanzania and made several trips to Jamaica with Mission Jamaica from St Andrews Lutheran Church.
After Hurricane Katrina in 2005 several of us at Bethel Lutheran started organizing disaster recovery teams to serve in Biloxi, Miss. From there the work continued as we served Texas, Louisiana, Alabama and West Virginia.
After Pastor John Lestock came to Bethel we made our first trip to Pine Ridge Reservation and now continue to go there several times a year bringing clothing, furniture and supplies to the Lakota people, usually serving with members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hudson.
What is your favorite part about your work?
As we go on trips in the U.S. and abroad, we have the chance to see and know how everyone lives. In getting to be friends we develop relationships that are long lasting and we find out that we really all want the same things in life. With the internet and social media, it is easy to keep in touch with my brothers and sisters around the world.