Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster


Writing from the national conference of the National Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster (NVOAD).

Particularly in this season of storms, the resources and efforts of the NVOAD Members are truly extraordinary, and as they activate and keep working past the initial news cycle for any specific disaster, they are not as well known as they deserve to be.

The Salvation Army, as an example, has served 100,000's of meals, the Red Cross has opened hundreds of shelters and provided 10,000's of overnight stays for victims of the floods and tornados.

Feeding America has delivered more than a hundred truckloads of food and other grocery items. The Coordinated Assistance Network is supporting integrated, multi-agency client services for thousands of disaster survivors.

And these are but a few examples from the voluntary sector. Americans need to continue, and expand, their gifts of time, talent, and dollars to support the work of these and many others. Working together we all work better.


Dr. W. Douglas Zimmerman
President & CEO
VisionLink, Inc.