Karen Benson

Daily Point of Light # 4331 Sep 13, 2010

Karen Benson is a key member in the Missouri State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. She also is a case advocate with the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Not only does Karen have a passion for helping populations at their greatest time of need, after disaster strikes, she also helps the state of Missouri develop a strong disaster case management training platform, which aids individuals to serve disaster areas efficiently and effectively.

She has volunteered to implement a $12 million Social Service Block grant program. This program will help families affected by tornadoes, flooding, and severe weather. The initiative includes home and foundation repairs and rebuilds, debris cleanup, and other expenses caused by disasters. Along with Karen’s leadership, local committees will decide which projects will receive the funds.

As conference coordinator for United Methodist Disaster Relief, she leads a team of district coordinators in carrying out the Methodist Church’s committment to the disaster response community. In addition, Karen was instrumental in forming the Special Needs Population Task Force in Missouri.

She is no stranger to volunteerism, and her leadership in the State has a long track record. Karen’s leadership has touched hundreds of volunteers in the state and has been a multiplier of good. Karen continues to serve others as the chair of the Government, Faith-based & Community Partnership.