The Scientology Volunteer Ministers Movement—10 Years of Indiscriminate Help

December 28, 2011 at 7:05 pm (Church of Scientology, Volunteer Ministers) (, )

Over the past 10 years the Scientology Volunteer Ministers movement has become the world’s largest independent relief force.

The 800 Scientology Volunteer Ministers who served at Ground Zero in helping New York recover from  the terrorist attacks of 9/11 have inspired the growth of a movement that now spans the globe. In September 2001 there were 6,000 Volunteer Ministers—with more than 200,000 today, it is the largest independent relief force in the world.

In creating the Volunteer Minister movement in 1976, Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard wrote: “A Volunteer Minister is a person who helps his fellow man on a volunteer basis by restoring purpose, truth and spiritual values to the lives of others…. He uses the technology of Scientology to change conditions for the better—for himself, his family, his groups, friends, associates and for Mankind.”

In carrying out that mandate, Volunteer Ministers have stacked sandbags along the Danube and rescued flood victims in Mozambique, Thailand and Pakistan. They provided relief to firefighters battling blazes in Australia, California, Greece, Israel and South Africa.  They cleaned up after mudslides in Uganda, hurricanes and tornados in America, typhoons in Indonesia, and cyclones in Australia and Africa.  And they brought relief and calm in the wake of terrorist attacks not only in New York, but also in London, Mumbai, Moscow and Madrid.

Volunteer Ministers from 26 nations flew to India, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Indonesia to help survivors of the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.  Upward of 900 Volunteer Ministers responded to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. They flew into Pisco, Peru, after the 2007 earthquake, and delivered supplies and medical relief in Bihar, India, by boat when floods submerged entire villages, in 2008.  And they were the backbone of the reconstruction effort after the 2009 6.3 earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy.

The Volunteer Ministers have been acknowledged for the thousands of lives they saved after the Haiti earthquake of January 2010.  A permanent Volunteer Minister base trains and coordinates the work of hundreds of Volunteer Minister teams that continue to help in displaced persons camps.

In 2011, Volunteer Ministers responded to fires near Haifa, Israel; floods in Australia, Thailand and Pakistan; the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand; and tornadoes in Alabama and Missouri.  But it was Japan where the VM activities took on epic proportions this year.

Despite media predicting imminent nuclear cataclysm, Volunteer Ministers began arriving in Northeastern Japan within hours of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and 40-meter tsunami. Volunteer Ministers helped with search and rescue and providing succor to the survivors and continue providing relief throughout the region today.

Since September 11, 2001, the work of the Volunteer Ministers has truly embodied the vision of L. Ron Hubbard for the program: “A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as well.”


Through the last 10 years, Scientology Volunteer Ministers have trained and partnered with more than 1,100 organizations, including the Red Cross, FEMA, National Guard, Salvation Army, Mexico’s International Rescue Brigade, Boy Scouts, and hundreds of local, regional and national groups and organizations, giving freely of their skills, their care and compassion. They have provided physical and spiritual relief at more than 200 disaster sites. 

Today hundreds of thousands of individuals are trained in the skills of a Volunteer Minister across 185 nations. For more information on Scientology Volunteer Ministers, visit


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Tampa Bay Volunteer Ministers of the Church of Scientology Join Relay for Life in Clearwater

May 24, 2011 at 7:58 pm (Church of Scientology, Scientology, Volunteer Ministers) (, , )

On May 13-14th, the Volunteer Ministers of the Church of Scientology joined more than 300 participants in the Clearwater Relay for Life at Coachman Park. With one in three people being diagnosed with cancer during their lifetime, the Volunteer Ministers relayed on May 13th to show that “Something can be done about it.”

Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) May 22, 2011

Clearwater’s Annual Relay for Life was held under bright skies on May 13th and 14th at Clearwater’s Coachman Park. Participating teams included Clearwater Catholic High School, Clearwater High School, Dress Barn, Good Samaritans, the Hyatt Regency, Macy’s, the Pinellas County Tax Collector, Starbucks, Sunstate Academy, Target and the Volunteer Ministers of the Church of Scientology.

This all-night fundraiser generated nearly $80,000 for the American Cancer Society through pre-event and on-site fundraisers – including bake sales, car washes and bowling tournaments before the event and selling snacks, massages, chance drawings, dinner and – from the Boy Scouts of Troop 313 – S’mores.

Captaining the team for the Volunteer Ministers was Gale Pollack, whose mother and cousin passed away from cancer just this past year.

“The battle isn’t won, but we are making strides,” she said. “Relay is the hope that my dreams of a world without cancer IS our future, and as a Volunteer Minister, it was wonderful to share my knowledge here at Relay.”

Over the last 30 years, the Volunteer Ministers, have provided relief at more than 128 worst-case scenario disaster sites, including Ground 0, Hurricane Katrina, the South East Asian Tsunami and last year’s massive earthquake in Haiti.

They are internationally known for their organizational ability and work in tandem with other relief groups such as the Red Cross. They are also expert in the use of ‘assists’, which were developed by L. Ron Hubbard to help individuals spiritually following illness or injury.

Judy Fagerman is in charge of the Tampa Volunteer Ministers, and she participated in the Clearwater Relay. In additional to fundraising for ACS by selling vegetable and fruit juices, the Volunteer Ministers offered assists.

”People were exhausted and some in pain and they were able to get immediate relief from an assist so that they could keep Relaying, which is why they were there,” said Fagerman.

“As Volunteer Ministers, our motto is that ‘something can be done about it’ and the whole Relay event is a demonstration of that,” said Fagerman. “All those cancer survivors here and their care givers helped prove it as well.”

All proceeds benefited the American Cancer Society, a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. To find out more about how you can help, please go to

To find out more about assists and the Volunteer Ministers, please go to

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Seminars in city on Scientology

May 24, 2011 at 7:51 pm (Church of Scientology, Scientology, Volunteer Ministers) (, , )


HYDERABAD: To create awareness on Scientology, the Scientology India Goodwill tour arrived in the city on Monday as part of their five years tour in India. It would organise seminars and special camps in various schools and colleges.

Speaking to mediapersons here, Marion Whitta, director for Scientology India said that the tour would be in the city for the next three months and would train people on 19-different subjects including methods of study, communication, public relations and solutions for every day life problems.

“Scientology means knowing how to know and was founded by American author L Ron Hubbard. The Scientology Goodwill tour holds an exhibition which highlights the most basic areas of life’s situations and shows the encapsulated solutions,” she added.

She said scientology is a body of beliefs and related practices as well as a hierarchical organisation initially created by Hubbard. He developed it in 1952 as a successor to his earlier self help system Dianetics.

Whitta said they would inaugurate three-week long programmes in communication skills and personal development at Dr B R Ambedkar College, Baghlinghampally on May 25 at 10 a.m.

“Training would be given to both faculty and students in various educational institutions throughout the city. The practice of scientology helps people who find it difficult to think clearly,” she added.

Interested people can contact for the free seminars on 8125985867.


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