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The Scientology Volunteer Ministers (VMs) recently organized a cleanup operation in Rome and another of their teams provided flood relief in Florence.

ROME, ROME, ITALY, November 15, 2023 /EINPresswire.com/ — Scientologists in Italy often participate in helping their communities during local disasters, by joining their Volunteer Ministers program.

The Scientology Volunteer Ministers Program was launched over 30 years ago by L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology, as a way to help people suffering from disasters and injustice. As Hubbard said, “If one does not like the crime, cruelty, injustice and violence of this society, he can do something about it.”(1)

The yellow-shirted VMs recently gathered at the Via Boccea junction near Rome’s Grande Raccordo Anulare ring road to clean up and enhance the landscape. The Roman group collected 6 bags of garbage and 150 glass bottles, discovering waste paper, cans, plastic, and dry leaves along the roadsides. Another team of VMs in Rome also organized a cleanup along the Via Boccea to improve their city. They collected trash and cleared landscaping debris from the roadsides near the highway.

In early November, severe storms led to major flooding in Florence and its surrounding areas. VMs were dispatched to assist with debris clearance in the province of Florence. In Campi Bisenzio, a municipality near Florence, the VMs worked to remove obstructions, enabling other rescue vehicles to reach the flooded areas. Coordinated by the Campi Bisenzio Town Council, the VMs made three trips to dispose of over 30 cubic meters of rubble collected from flooded homes and streets in Campi Bisenzio. Local residents of Florence showed their gratitude by offering discounted accommodations and complimentary breakfast to the VMs.

The VMs plan to continue relief efforts in Tuscany in the coming days, while also conducting local community service projects in other Italian cities. As Hubbard wrote, “A Volunteer Minister does not shut his eyes to the pain, evil and injustice of existence. Rather, he is trained to handle these things and help others achieve relief from them and new personal strength as well. How does a Volunteer Minister accomplish these miracles? Basically, he uses the technology of Scientology to change conditions for the better—for himself, his family, his groups, friends, associates and for mankind.” (4)

“Italian Scientologists are always very eager to help civilize society by promoting awareness, kindness, freedom from suffering, trust, decency, honesty and tolerance,” said Scientology representative to the EU Ivan Arjona. “Their initiatives will continue in the coming weekends around Italy”.

(1) https://www.scientology-losangeles.org/news/humanitarian-activities/scientology-volunteer-ministers-help-the-local-community-with-a-food-drive-0d5f4e
(2) https://www.romatoday.it/zone/aurelio/boccea/interventi-di-cura-per-l-ambiente-nella-capitale.html
(3) https://www.firenzetoday.it/cronaca/rifiuti-campi-bisenzio.html
(4) https://www.volunteerministers.org/newsletter/2016-06-40-years-scientology-volunteer-minister-help.html

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