As American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ (ABHMS) national coordinator of Volunteer Mobilization and Disaster Response Ministries, the Rev. Dr. Kadia A. Edwards serves as a “connector,” building strong and collaborative relationships among ABHMS and volunteers who are discerning their passion for furthering God’s mission on Earth.
“I believe that, through this work, we can heal and transform communities,” she says. “This work is holy for me because I get to engage with people who are committed to making meaningful contributions to communities across the United States and Puerto Rico. You can’t help but see the hand of God when two people have moved from strangers to neighbors because of the tasks that they have accomplished through volunteerism.”
Edwards seeks to create an aligned 21st-century model of volunteerism by redesigning legacy systems to attract and retain a nimble multigenerational and culturally diverse network of volunteers who are engaged in efforts that enhance the mission and ministries of ABHMS and respond to disasters. She further seeks to create an Aligned Disaster-Response Network that mobilizes volunteers and utilizes ABHMS’ Aligned Action Network for increased responsiveness.
“I envision having a clear process in place for those who desire to volunteer with our organization,” she says. “I want to make sure that people feel like the time and energy that they give to the organization are valuable and appreciated.”