Massachusetts’ voluntary non-profit disaster response coalition has set up a website and call-in number to organize volunteers who want to assist in Tropical Storm Irene disaster relief efforts, most of which will be needed in Western Mass.
Massachusetts Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MA VOAD) asks people who want to help to either log in as a volunteer on the Boston Cares website, www.bostoncares.org www.bostoncares.org/ or to call 617- 422-0910, ext. 213.
People who need assistance can call 211 which is set up by MA VOAD member organization, The United Way.
“Many people want to help but don’t know where to go or what skills are needed,” said Chris Farrand, state VOAD executive director and Salvation Army official. “Massachusetts VOAD has created a system wherein we can find those in need while sending those with appropriate skills to help. It’s a win win situation that has been in place during last year’s floods, the recent tornadoes and the current hurricane.”
The Massachusetts Statewide Disaster Relief Fund is accepting cash donations through the United Way of Tri-County, www.unitedwaytri-county.org/disaster. Checks should be made out to The Massachusetts Disaster Relief Fund, please indicate Hurricane Irene on the check, and mail to: United Way of Tri-County, 46 Park Street, Framingham, MA 01702. Cash donations may also be made to any MA VOAD organization of your choice at www.massvoad.org.
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