While helping in times of disaster, it is important to understand what type of help is needed and where. This also ensures that unnecessary donations do not go to waste or tie up storage facilities.
Your physical help and donations are needed in the recently tornado-stricken areas of Alabama, Mississippi and North Carolina. Below are links about exactly how you can help.
The Alabama Governor’s Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives at www.servealabama.gov and Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service at http://www.mcvs.org have established web portals to help with coordinating donations and volunteers. Cash is the preferred method of donation in order to ensure that disaster survivors get the services and supplies they need quickly.
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) member organizations such as American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Convoy of Hope, and many others are heavily involved in the disaster response in providing assistance to disaster survivors. The Red Cross Safe and Well secure website provides a way for people to find information on people affected by the storms. To register, visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell. Open Red Cross shelters can also be found on the www.redcross.org home page.
The official places to donate and volunteer for Mississippi, Alabama, and North Carolina are:
Alabama Governor’s Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives www.servealabama.gov or within the State call 211 out of State callers should 888-421-1266
Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service www.mcvs.org 888 353-1793
North Carolina Governor’s Hotline 888 835-9966
Thank you for your willingness to help.
Massachusetts VOAD Board of Directors