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Helping Others

The compassion and generosity of the American people is never more evident than after a disaster. People want to help. Here are some general guidelines on helping others after a disaster:

Donate Cash

Financial contributions to a recognized disaster relief organization are the most effective donation to make.

  • Most needed and the most efficient way of helping those impacted by disaster.
  • Allow voluntary organizations to fund response and recovery efforts, obtain goods and services locally, and provide direct financial assistance to disaster survivors to meet their own needs.
  • Make a financial contribution to the voluntary organization of your choice.

When the public supports these voluntary organizations with financial contributions, it helps ensure a steady flow of important services to the people in need after a disaster.

Volunteer

Volunteers in matching t-shirts arrive to aid in disaster clean-up carrying buckets, brooms, and other supplies.Volunteer with local organizations to aid disaster victims.

Volunteer with a recognized organization involved in disaster response and recovery prior to the next disaster event.

  • Volunteer with a non-profit organization and be trained before the next event to find meaningful volunteer opportunities following a disaster.
  • There are many organizations and faith-based groups in your community that have active disaster programs and need volunteers
  • These groups offer a wide range of services following a disaster:

    www.nvoad.org
    www.serve.gov
    www.networkforgood.org

The generosity and kindness of people around the country does a lot to help communities heal from the tragic consequences of disasters.

Donate Goods

Volunteers organize donated non-perishable  items including infant formula and diapers.

Confirm what is needed BEFORE taking action!

  • Donate in-kind goods that are specifically requested or needed by recognized organizations.
  • Unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
  • Confirm the needs by contacting the voluntary organization of your choice before starting to collect.

Everyone is moved when they hear the news that disaster has struck a community. By learning the best ways to donate and volunteer, we can all make a huge difference in the lives of those affected.

Last Updated: 10/14/2021

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