American Rescue Workers
American Rescue Workers
  Phone: (570) 323-8401   Fax: (570) 323-0980   Email:

Welcome to the Williamsport American Rescue Workers located in the North Central part of Pennsylvania, amongst the Appalachian Mountains.

Williamsport was incorporated as a borough in 1806, and as a city in 1866. The city is the original home of Little League Baseball, founded in 1939.

In the late 1800s, when Williamsport was known as "The Lumber Capital of the World" because of its thriving lumber industry, it also was the birthplace of the national newspaper Grit in 1882. Williamsport once had more millionaires per-capita than anywhere in the world.

Since 1934 the American Rescue Workers has operated a religious and charitable work aimed at preaching the Gospel, undertaking the spiritual uplifting and emergency assistance to all persons in need regardless of race, color, creed, sex or age.

The facility pictured is our main center of operations and includes the following activities:

  • Business Offices for Commanding Officers and Staff
  • Thrift Store
  • Men's Rehabilitation Program and Transient Shelter
  • Industrial Operations & Distribution Warehouse

Please spend some time and explore our website to become familiar with the operations of Christian ministry and charitable work done by the organization here in this beautiful city, and surrounding Lycoming County.

The American Rescue Workers, founded in 1884, is a national religious and charitable movement organized and operated on a quasi-military pattern and is a branch of the evangelical Christian church. The Williamsport Corps is a part of the national organization whose headquarters is also located in Williamsport.




Williamsport American Rescue Workers
Administration/Industrial Operations
643 Elmira Street
Williamsport, PA 17701


Colonels Sam & Dawn Astin
Officers serving the Williamsport Corps:
Colonels Sam & Dawn Astin
Commanding Officers

Lieutenants Joe & Linda Tokay
Social Service Director
Truck Supervisor
Youth Leaders

Lieutenant Joe Tokay III
Youth & Worship Leader


General Claude Astin
General Claude S. Astin, Jr.
Commander-In-Chief
National Headquarters