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Assisting The Victims of Disaster

Americans are great at showing their compassion and generosity following disasters. Here are some ways to help:

Provide Financial Assistance

  • Let voluntary organizations fund the recovery efforts, provide direct financial assistance to disaster survivors, and obtain the goods and services needed.
  • Contribute your money to a volunteer organization of your choosing.
  • The National Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster website has the major non-profits that are active in the area that you can choose from or you can make your offer through the National Donations Management Network.
Support for these organizations helps to create a steady flow of the services needed by the people after a disaster.

Donate Goods

Learn how to help others following a disaster.

Before you take action, it is imperative that you confirm what is most needed.

  • Donate goods specifically requested by the recognized organizations.
  • Unsolicited items donated may take time away from packaging and distributing the items that are needed for disaster survivors.
  • Before you collect, confirm the needs from the volunteer organization.
  • If you have a lot of a specific items to donate, you can donate it through the National Donations Management Network.
By getting informed about the best way to volunteer or donate, we can make a huge difference for the people affected by disaster.

Volunteer - Donate Your Time and Skills

You can volunteer with the local organizations in aiding victims of disaster.

It is a good idea to volunteer with the organization prior to the next disaster event.

  • Get trained with the non-profit organization before the next event so you’ll know where to volunteer after the next disaster.
  • Several faith-based groups in the community have disaster programs and need more volunteers.
  • The following organizations offer many services following disasters:
    • www.nvoad.org
    • www.serve.gov
    • www.citizencorps.gov
    • www.helpindisaster.org
    • www.networkforgood.org
Kindness and generosity from those around the country goes a long way in the healing for those suffering from the disaster.

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