ShelterBox USA Welcomes Hannah Rael as New Volunteer Program Manager

October 2, 2017

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ShelterBox USA, the U.S.-based affiliate of one of the world’s leading disaster relief and humanitarian aid organizations, announces Hannah Rael as its new Volunteer Program Manager.

Rael brings to ShelterBox more than six years of experience in nonprofit public relations and marketing as well as journalism.

“Hannah is an enthusiastic and driven communications professional whose experience is matched only by her passion to make a difference in the world,” said Kerri Murray, President of ShelterBox USA. “Having deployed with Hannah on the frontlines of crisis situations, I saw first-hand her relentless desire to help people who lost everything in disaster situations. I am thrilled to welcome Hannah to the ShelterBox USA Team.”

Prior to joining ShelterBox, Rael was an Account Executive at SurfMedia Communications. Rael also worked in media relations and communications for international medical aid organization, Direct Relief. Additionally, Rael served as a freelance reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press.

“I am excited about the opportunity to cultivate and sustain long-term relationships with committed ShelterBox volunteers across the country who also have a heart for helping people in need around the world,” said Rael. “I’m impressed with ShelterBox’s ability to effectively deliver relief where it is most needed, allowing families who have lost everything to rebuild their lives with warmth, dignity, and hope.”

In her free time, Rael volunteers for Immigrant Hope Santa Barbara and the Anti-Defamation League. She also coaches female-focused fitness classes at Kaia FIT Santa Barbara and is an alumnus of Leading From Within’s Emerging Leaders Program.

A graduate of Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., Rael has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Global Studies.

ShelterBox is currently responding to the recent hurricanes, Irma and Harvey. ShelterBox is also providing aid to those displaced by disaster or conflict in Syria, Nepal, Iraq, Cameroon, Niger, Colombia, and Somaliland.

To learn how to volunteer, fundraise, or to make a donation to ShelterBox USA, visit or call (941) 907-6036. Legacy giving and corporate giving options are available as well. ShelterBox USA is a 4-Star rated charity by Charity Navigator and has Gold status from GuideStar.

About ShelterBox: Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth, and dignity following more than 300 disasters in over 95 countries. ShelterBox responds urgently to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami, or conflict by delivering boxes of essential shelter aid and other life-saving supplies. Each iconic green ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, a water filtration system, emergency lighting, and other tools for survival. ShelterBox USA is based in Sarasota, Florida and Santa Barbara, California.

ShelterBox is an official Project Partner of Rotary International. Tax-deductible donations to the organization can be made at or by calling (941) 907-6036.

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