Claremont volunteer recognized by international relief organization

Parker Emerson has been named Ambassador of the Month by international disaster relief organization, ShelterBox USA. Mr. Emerson was selected from a group of nearly 400 ambassador volunteers nationwide, who actively raise funds and awareness for the charity through public engagements.

ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid to help families rebuild their lives after losing their homes and possessions following a disaster such as earthquake, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict.

Mr. Emerson has been an ambassador for a short seven months but in that time has made a big impact, according to ShelterBox. An active member of the Claremont Sunrise Rotary Club, Mr. Emerson has a history of service. This year, he has participated in 13 ShelterBox activities in 2015 and raised more than $25,000. He focuses on working with groups to include ShelterBox in their annual budgets, which will benefit disaster survivors for years to come. When the earthquakes in Nepal struck, Mr. Emerson immediately began to rally his Rotary district resulting in 13 Rotary Clubs joining together to make a more than $20,000 donation.

“ShelterBox USA has a strong volunteer base and I’m incredibly proud of their accomplishments,” Alan Monroe, interim executive chair, said. “Our organization would cease to exist without ambassadors like Mr. Parker, who are making a difference in the lives of disaster survivors around the world from our very own community.” 

Mr. Parker is available to talk to any school, scout group, Rotary club, faith-based organization or business that wishes to learn more about ShelterBox. To request a presentation, email

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