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Convoy of Hope member testifies before U.S. House

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A member of Springfield-based Convoy of Hope's Disaster Response team was invited to testify before a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee this morning.

Steve Irwin - director of agency services for Convoy of Hope and chairman of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster Donations Management Committee - testified before the House Committee on Homeland Security's Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness and Response, according to a Sept. 28 Convoy of Hope news release.

He spoke about Convoy of Hope's distribution models and the power of working with likeminded organizations, corporations and government agencies during times of disaster, the release said.

"The invitation to address the House subcommittee is a great honor for our Disaster Response team," Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope, said in the release. "It is an acknowledgment of Convoy of Hope's effectiveness and efficiency in disaster settings in the United States and around the world."

Convoy of Hope has been performing Haiti relief efforts since January and has a three-year recovery strategy for the earthquake-torn region, including a community stabilization initiative and reestablishment of schools, according to Springfield Business Journal coverage.

In June, the nonprofit dispatched a team to Guatemala, following the eruption of the Pacaya Volcano in late May, according to SBJ coverage.
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