In the USA, Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) has deployed a volunteer response team to support the City of Philadelphia, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other Government partners at the Center City Vaccination Center (CCVC). HSS is a non-profit organization that organizes values-based education programs and community outreach projects across the USA. HSS has named their campaign “Sewa With FEMA.” Sewa is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning “selfless service.”
According to the press release by FEMA on the official website of the US Government, HSS’s on-site coordinator, Sachin Dabade, said, “It involves acting selflessly and helping others without any reward or personal gain, based on their Hindu faith and motto, ‘The whole world is one family.’” Sewa and HSS have deployed 351 volunteers logging 2400 hours of support at the CCVC and 21 volunteers providing 98.5 hours at the Esperanza Community Vaccination Center.
FEMA is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The agency's primary purpose is to coordinate the response to a disaster that has occurred in the United States and that overwhelms the resources of local and state authorities.