Volunteer Spotlight Blog: Hannah Legler
We’re always interested in learning more about our volunteers!
We want to know what inspires them to serve, why they chose to serve through ADRN, what their journey as a yellow shirt looks like and how God is working in their lives both on and off the disaster field.
We recently had the chance to discuss these things and more with Hannah Legler, a young adult who’s been actively involved with ADRN since she was 16-years old. Like Timothy of the Bible, Hannah believed that despite her youth, she could set “an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” [1st Timothy 4:12] And she set out to do just that!
No matter what your age is, we hope Hannah’s story will both encourage and challenge you to boldly share the love of Jesus with anyone experiencing dark and difficult situations.
Since she was a teenager, Hannah Legler has been hungry to serve God by serving others as a volunteer. But finding an organization willing to let her volunteer before she turned 18 was quite a challenge.
“I struggled because I was always being told I was too young to volunteer,” Hannah said. “But I really wanted to do Kingdom impactful work.”
Her big break came at the age of 16 while attending a preparedness conference with her parents.
“I learned about ADRN at a conference in 2012 and fell in love with the organization almost immediately,” she said. “I loved the vision they had for serving the community and the unprecedented way they worked to unite churches in times of disaster.”
Encouraged by ADRN’s leaders to come on board as a volunteer, Hannah signed up for ADRN’s Orientation & Preparedness Training the following day. A few weeks after receiving her badge and yellow shirt, she registered for CISM. Just a few months later, Hannah deployed as a CISM volunteer to West, TX, where she worked with young survivors impacted by a chemical explosion that rocked the community.
“I was in a unique position because I was able to relate with the teenagers there,” she said. “There was one 15-year-old boy who had been directly impacted by the explosion. Initially, he was tense and closed-off, but eventually, he was able to process the experience with me and I could see it helped him a lot.”
Almost eight years later, Hannah continues to serve with ADRN as a Disaster Relief Coordinator (DRC) with her church. She’s also received training in CERT, CPR/First Aid/AED, FEMA’s IS-100 & IS-700 trainings and most of our spiritual readiness trainings.
“Training is so vital because it equips us and we’re called as Christians to be equipped to go out and reach this world,” Hanna said. “It’s vital for the Church to know how to do this so.”
As an ALS interpreter, Hannah says training has had a significant impacted on her work and in her personal life.
“I use the CISM process personally and with my own family members…you don’t have to wait for a large-scale disaster to practice what you’ve learned,” she said. “It’s made me more well-rounded as an individual, community member, friend and ALS interpreter.”
Hannah says she’s driven to serve with ADRN by her love for Jesus and desire to heed his call to love one another.
“I believe it’s a Biblical mandate for Christians to be there for the least of these. That’s what Jesus modeled when he was here on earth,” she said. “He said, ‘Whatever you did for one of the last of these, you did for me.’” [Mat. 25:40]
“We’re getting to come alongside people in their darkest hour and that’s important to do as the Church,” she continued. “It’s a Biblical call for us as the Church to be Good Samaritans. ADRN is a platform to do that work.”
Like so many ADRN yellow shirts, Hannah has made a significant impact in the lives of many impacted by disaster. She’s also played an important role at her church, encouraging and inspiring others to be trained, equipped and prepared to care for themselves and others in times of disaster.
We are grateful to Hannah and all those who seek to serve the Lord by serving as volunteers. No matter what your age is or what your skills and giftings are, God can use you to make a powerful impact in His Kingdom! All you have to do is take the first step by becoming a volunteer.
Becoming a volunteer is easy. Simply register to attend our next Orientation and Preparedness Training by visiting our calendar here, clicking on an upcoming Orientation, and following the links to register online.
Already a badged volunteer? Take your training to the next level by registering for our next CISM, CERT or Spiritual Training. To sign up, visit our calendar here, find a training you’d like to attend, and follow the links to register online!
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