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September 19, 2016

NEW JERSEY—The World Mission Society Church of God received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, leading 2.7 million global members to recommit to volunteering in their communities. As a result, the Church launched a multi-state public awareness campaign emphasizing volunteerism. The Church—with state locations in Belleville, Bogota, North Brunswick, Ridgewood and Spring Lake—addresses local needs by hosting blood drives, supporting charity walks, and serving seniors and veterans.

“Our church believes in Heavenly Mother and wishes all people of the world to live a happy life by putting the love of Mother in their hearts through voluntary works,” said World Mission Society Church of God General Pastor Kim Joo-Cheol. “The Church of God contributes to the peace of humankind by following the teachings of Heavenly Mother, transcending boundaries of race, culture, nationality and religion.”

Queen Elizabeth II presented the Church of God with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service—the U.K.’s most prestigious volunteer award—after an extensive screening process. Through the award, the Church became a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, a designation for exemplary organizations, recognized by 53 member countries of the Commonwealth of Nations, including Australia, Canada and Singapore.

The Church launched a public awareness campaign with an advertorial in Time magazine describing volunteers as “everyday superheroes” who willingly sacrifice their time and efforts to improve communities. The advertorial features the Church’s six areas of service with a call to action for everyone to volunteer.

The Church partners with elected officials and non-profit organizations to tackle specific needs in local communities. To address blood shortages, the Church draws hundreds of donors to its blood drives, including the annual Mega Blood Drive; it serves vulnerable populations at dedicated events, including the annual Bergen County Senior Picnic and Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Volunteers are also trained first-responders who provided relief to numerous neighborhoods following hurricanes Sandy and Irene.

The World Mission Society Church of God is a faith-based, non-profit organization that spreads God’s love through good deeds. Established in 1964, the Church of God has more than 2,700 locations in 175 countries with 2.7 million members. The Church of God conducts volunteer service in disaster relief, environmental protection, blood drives, social welfare, smile campaigns and healing through art. For more information, visit newjersey.wmschurchofgod.org or its social media sites, Facebook and Twitter