Brian Glenn of Argyle was named ambassador of the month by ShelterBox USA, an international nonprofit disaster relief organization. Glenn, a battalion chief with the Denton Fire Department, was chosen from among an estimated 400 ambassador volunteers nationwide.
ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid—emergency shelter and supplies such as stoves, blankets and water filtration systems to help families after major disasters both abroad and within the U.S. Glenn has traveled to the Phillipines as part of response teams who assist families in rebuilding their lives following such disasters as earthquakes, tsunamis and other emergencies.
Glenn has raised nearly $27,000 since becoming a ShelterBox ambassador and has received presidential service awards in 2013 and 2014, according to a news release. Glenn, a member of the Denton Morning Rotary Club, worked with the Rotary Club of Mansfield in January to help them obtain a $16,000 matching grant. As a ShelterBox response team member, Glenn has deployed three times and assisted in many training events. He also has received training including a simulation in which volunteers were detained by armed rebels. He currently mentors new ambassadors in Texas.
“ShelterBox USA has a strong volunteer base and I’m incredibly proud of their accomplishments,” Alan Monroe, interim executive chair, said in a news release. “Our organization would cease to exist without Ambassadors like Brian, who are making a difference in the lives of disaster survivors around the world from our very own community.”
Glenn also talks with schools, scout groups, Rotary clubs, faith-based organizations or other groups about ShelterBox. To request a presentation, an email should be sent to email@example.com.
The organization currently has teams responding to the Syrian refugee crisis as well as flooding in Niger, Pakistan and Malawi, among other areas. ShelterBox USA, which is headquartered in Sarasota, Fla., accepts donations at www.shelterboxusa.org or by calling 941-907-6036. A text message of SHELTER to 20222 will provide a one-time $10 donation. For more information, visit www.shelterboxusa.org/news.