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Hurricane Ian: How to Help

By Jeff Evans | October 4, 2022 | Uncategorized

We are sending our thoughts and prayers and money to the folks hit by Hurricane Ian. If you are looking for a way to help, FEMA is directing people to National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD). This organization maps out activities between non-profits, faith-based organizations and community-based organizations so that efforts to help are well-coordinated between assisting organizations so that duplication of effort is avoided (a common problem when multiple organizations are rendering aid).

Members Include:

Americares, Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Direct Relief, Feed the Children, Habitat for Humanity, and 64 additional non-profit, faith-based and community-based organizations.

Read more below or click here to learn more and to donate: https://www.nvoad.org/

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About  National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

Today, National VOAD is a coalition of 70+ of the nation’s most reputable national organizations (faith-based, community-based and other non-profit organizations) and 56 State/Territory VOADs, which represent Local/Regional VOADs and hundreds of other member organizations throughout the country.

Unnecessary duplication of effort often occurred, while at the same time, other needs were not met. People who wanted to volunteer to help their neighbors affected by disaster were often frustrated by the variety of organizations competing in some areas of service or the total lack of opportunities to serve other apparent urgent needs. Further, there was only limited availability to training for potential volunteers. Access to information on services available to survivors during disasters was woefully inadequate.

In 1970, seven national disaster response organizations convened for the first time to find a way to better coordinate responses and more effectively serve disaster survivors and their communities. As an outcome, National VOAD was formed as a forum for sharing knowledge and coordinating resources — money, materials and muscle – throughout the disaster cycle: preparation, response and recovery.

Today, National VOAD is a coalition of 70+ of the nation’s most reputable national organizations (faith-based, community-based and other non-profit organizations) and 56 State/Territory VOADs, which represent Local/Regional VOADs and hundreds of other member organizations throughout the country.

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