Help disaster survivors by Volunteering

Volunteer with an Idaho VOAD member organization involved in disaster response and recovery prior to the next disaster event. These organizations have the infrastructure necessary to support their relief efforts in impacted communities.

How to successfully volunteer for disaster response and recovery work:

  • Get training before the next disaster

  • Connect and affiliate with a voluntary organization

  • Consider volunteering for the long-term community recovery

  • Plan to be self-sufficient

If you’d like to volunteer to assist those affected by disaster, these organizations have specific disaster roles and are the best place to start.


What VOAD Organizations Do

Voluntary organizations have diverse capabilities and are able to quickly and efficiently identify needs and provide resources. Each individual organization has different skills and expertise in varied areas of service.

Organizations provide services including:

  • Mass Care (Sheltering/Feeding)

  • Cleanup

  • Repair/Rebuild

  • Pet Sheltering

  • Spiritual and Emotional Care

  • Emergency Medicine

  • Case Management

  • Transportation

  • Bulk Supplies and Distribution

  • Donations Management

  • Volunteer Management

  • Financial Assistance

Explore IDAVOAD Member Organizations and their capabilities to find the best place for you to serve!


Tips for Volunteering

Do not Self Deploy!

Seeing images of disaster may compel you to head to the impacted area. Don’t underestimate the complexity of working in a disaster area. Until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support, volunteers should not enter.

  • Be sure to affiliate with existing voluntary organization before coming to the disaster area, and that organization has been asked to respond.

  • Wait until it is safe to travel to volunteer sites and opportunities have been identified.

  • Once assigned a position, make sure you have been given an assignment and are wearing proper safety gear for the task.

Be patient. Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster – especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.

Affiliate with existing non-profit organizations before coming to the disaster area.

Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help. Contacting and affiliating with an established organization will help to ensure that you are appropriately trained and supported to respond in the most effective way.

The impulse to help when others who are suffering is commendable. However, volunteering inside a disaster area can be dangerous, stressful work in extreme environments.

If you’d like to volunteer to assist those affected by disaster, these organizations have specific disaster roles and are the best place to start.