We’ll plan, respond and recover…together.
San Francisco County VOAD is a humanitarian association of independent faith-based, nonprofit, public and private organizations that help communities respond to and recover from disasters. SF VOAD’s member organizations serve residents in the City and County of San Francisco. SF VOAD is, in turn, a member of the 48-county NorCal VOAD.
What is a VOAD?
VOAD – Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters – is a cohort of agencies gathered to prepare for, respond to and recover from hazards of all kinds. But beyond that, VOAD is a movement! From National VOAD, founded in 1970, down to the state and regional levels, communities across the country are increasingly forming VOADs, recognizing the importance of bringing organizations together to prepare for and respond to emergencies.
San Francisco VOAD
Most VOADs across the country are run by volunteers. Thanks to the expertise and presence of SF CARD, SF VOAD is unique in that it has the benefit of a robust professional administrative infrastructure. SF VOAD has a seat at the Community Branch in the San Francisco Emergency Operations Center (EOC), run by the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management.
To learn more about SF VOAD, please contact SF CARD Executive Director Brian Whitlow at Brian@sfcard.org.
The National VOAD website has resources that guide VOAD members, from managing clients and donations to providing mental assistance to the responders.
The California VOAD page has a resource library as well, with VOAD operating guidelines and forms and member outreach materials and presentations. The Golden State has two regional VOADS – NorCal VOAD and SoCal VOAD.