In 1938, the first-ever National Donut Day was celebrated in Chicago, and the history of The Salvation Army’s Donut Lassies was officially immortalized. In 1917, these women were sent to France to establish field bases near the front lines. In makeshift huts, thousands of soldiers would come to stock up on essential goods and grab a sweet treat baked by the Lassies.
Both the presence of these courageous women and the donuts that tasted of home brought a light of hope and happiness to the battlefield — a much-needed morale boost for languishing soldiers. In fact, the Donut Lassies are also credited with popularizing the donut in the United States after the troops (commonly known as “doughboys”) came back from fighting in Europe. And still today, over a hundred years later, The Salvation Army continues to serve on the front lines through a wide range of social services for the most vulnerable Americans.
Mission and Purpose
The mission and purpose of the Utah Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (UTVOAD) is to bring together voluntary organizations active in disaster and thereby foster an effective, congruent response in times of disaster. Utah VOAD seeks to ensure the availability of needed services and to encourage the uniform, impartial provision of these disaster response services. UTVOAD shares knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle—preparation, mitigation, response, and recovery especially to help disaster survivors and their communities.
Communicate, Coordinate, Cooperate and Collaborate
Members of UTVOAD form a coalition of nonprofit and faith-based organizations and government organizations that respond to disasters as part of their overall mission. Together UTVOAD fosters more effective service through the four C’s—communication, coordination, cooperation, and collaboration—by providing convening mechanisms and outreach for all people and organizations involved in disaster response.
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