Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)

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Volunteers Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) means one or coalition of (usually not-for-profit) Second Responder organizations in the United States. These groups voluntarily help survivors after a disaster. Over the past 44 years, the VOAD movement has grown to include more than 100 Member organizations.

Mobile County VOAD seeks to ensure the availability of needed resources and services and to encourage uniform, impartial provision of these resources and services. Mobile County VOAD is established as a network for organizations who desire to work together to reduce the effects of disasters and promote the rebuilding of lives and communities after disasters. Our network of non-profit agencies and faith based organizations are bound together through the belief in the key tenants of the National VOAD:

  1. Cooperation
  2. Coordination
  3. Communication
  4. Collaboration

Member organizations working with the UWSWA & United Way 211:

  • American Red Cross​ Gulf Coast Chapter,
  • South Alabama Area Agency on Aging​,
  • Feeding the Gulf Coast​,
  • Lifelines Counseling Services​,
  • Boat People SOS, Inc.​,
  • Catholic Social Services​,
  • Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Alabama​,
  • Hemley Road Church of Christ​,
  • ALNWFL Unit of Mennonite Disaster Service,
  • Mobile Baptist Association​/Southern Baptist Disaster Relief,
  • Penelope House​,
  • RSVP of Mobile County​,
  • St. Paul’s Lutheran Church​,
  • The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama​,
  • Service Center of Catholic Social Services,
  • South Bay Community Alliance,
  • Taking it by Force Outreach Ministry​,
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Mobile​,
  • UMCOR – United Methodist Committee On Relief​ (UMCOR), and
  • Via Health, Fitness & Enrichment Center​.

VOAD Partners:

  • Mobile County Emergency Management Agency​,
  • NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center​,
  • National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD)​,
  • Mobile County Health Department – MCHD, and
  • The Community Foundation of South Alabama​.
In the event of a disaster,  dial 2-1-1, 251.431.5111, or toll-free 1-888-421-1266 for information regarding disaster assistance and Response and Recovery volunteer opportunities.