FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 19, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A Capitol Hill church, World Mission Society Church of God, received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service—the United Kingdom’s most prestigious volunteer award—leading 2.7 million global members to recommit to volunteering in their communities. As a result, the Church of God, which works to maintain a clean and safe environment in Washington, D.C., launched a multi-state public awareness campaign emphasizing volunteerism.

“Our church believes in Heavenly Mother and wishes all people of the world to live a happy life by putting the love of Mother in their hearts through voluntary works,” said General Pastor Kim Joo-Cheol of the World Mission Society Church of God. “The Church of God contributes to the peace of humankind by following the teachings of Heavenly Mother, transcending boundaries of race, culture, nationality and religion.”

Queen Elizabeth II presented the Church of God with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service after an extensive screening process. Through the award, the Church became a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, a designation for exemplary organizations, and is recognized by 53 members of the Commonwealth of Nations, including Australia, Canada and Singapore.

To highlight the importance of volunteerism, the Church launched a public awareness campaign across multiple states on the East Coast. The campaign includes an advertorial in Time magazine describing volunteers as everyday “superheroes” who willingly sacrifice their time and efforts to improve communities. The advertorial features the Church of God’s six areas of community service with a call to action to join the movement of volunteerism.

In Washington, D.C., the Church is committed to maintaining a healthy environment. Volunteers have worked with the Department of Energy and the U.S. National Park Service to clean up illegal dumping grounds. They have also adopted a two-block radius in Capitol Hill, as part of the Adopt-A-Block Program to help keep the neighborhood clean.

The World Mission Society Church of God is a faith-based, non-profit organization that spreads God’s love through good deeds. Established in 1964, the Church of God has more than 2,700 locations in 175 countries with 2.7 million members. The Church of God conducts volunteer service in disaster relief, environmental protection, blood drives, social welfare, smile campaigns and healing through art. For more information, visit dc.wmschurchofgod.org or its social media sites, Facebook and Twitter.