Scientology Volunteer Ministers Joined Red Cross to Provide Smoke Alarms for Disadvantaged Neighborhood

CLEARWATER, Fla., Sept. 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- On Saturday September 26th, in an effort to stem the number of deaths and injuries from fire, twenty members of the Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Florida joined The American Red Cross of Tampa Bay, the Tarpon Springs Fire Department and other community groups to provide residents of the Union Academy neighborhood of Tarpon Springs with free smoke alarms. The program is part of a nationwide Red Cross campaign to reduce the number of fire deaths and injuries in the United States by 25% within five years. The fifty volunteers installed 150 alarms after 3 hours of canvassing the neighborhood door-to-door.

As of the end of August, 26 people attributed their survival of a home fire to this nationwide program. Tampa Bay joined in the effort after the unfortunate fire of September the 1st that left a grandmother and her 3 grandchildren dead in a home without a smoke detector.

“Our motto is: something can be done about it,” said Glendy Goodsell, the Executive Director of the new Scientology Volunteer Ministers chapter which opened on July 11th in downtown Clearwater.

”Whether at home or abroad, we are ready and willing to assist in any disaster but we are especially happy that we can do something to prevent a disaster from happening right here at home,” Ms. Goodsell continued.

Earlier this month, the Scientology Volunteers Ministers sent over a dozen volunteers to the island of Dominica to assist in disaster relief efforts there after Tropical Storm Erika devastated the tiny island.

Motivated by the words of Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard, the global force of Volunteer Ministers has responded to every major disaster worldwide since 2001. The Clearwater and Tampa Bay Volunteer Ministers played a leading role in relief efforts following the World Trade Center tragedy in New York, the South Asian 2004 tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti earthquake and hundreds of other disaster sites.

The new Volunteer Ministers center at 101 N Fort Harrison Ave in downtown Clearwater was opened by the Church of Scientology on July 11th and is one of six new facilities, each dedicated to helping with the pressing issues that impact Clearwater and the Greater Tampa Bay area.

To find out more about the Scientology Volunteer Ministers of Florida, call 727-467-6965 or email

For more information Contact: Pat Harney 727-467-6860

Source:Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization