Our neighbors are in trouble. The utter devastation that the floods have caused to families in West Virginia is catastrophic. If you would like to lend a hand, visit www.volunteerwv.org and wvvoad.communityos.org to learn more about you can volunteer or be helpful in other ways. It is critically important that individuals not self-deploy. Please register to volunteer at West Virginia Volunteer.
Also, keep in mind that a financial contribution to a recognized disaster relief organization is the most effective donation to make. When the public supports these voluntary organizations with financial contributions, it helps ensure a steady flow of important services to the people in need after a disaster. If you need help in determining who to give to, the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website has a list of major organizations or you can contact your FEMA Voluntary Agency Liaison for guidance.
As the water begins to recede, CNCS anticipates the deployment of additional AmeriCorps-Disaster Response Team (A-DRT) members, VISTA members and SeniorCorps volunteers to begin the lengthy process of recovery to included mucking and gutting homes. Stay tuned!
Additional details for those interested in assisting:
Communities across West Virginia are experiencing severe losses related to flooding. Please stay safe and continue to take care of each other. If you’d like to help,financial donations are best at this time. As the situation stabilizes over the next few days, other supplies and volunteers will be needed. Here are some ways you can help now.
INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers should not self-deploy, please stay safe until contacted by a volunteer coordinator. Please register to volunteer at www.volunteerwv.org. If you are already volunteering at a local shelter or response operation but are not already registered with another disaster response agency (like the Red Cross), please register using the link on our website and comments with your current volunteer location.
GROUP VOLUNTEERS: For agencies with groups of volunteers ready to help (including church groups and student organizations), please register your team on the website at www.volunteerwv.org. You only need to register your team once.
AGENCIES WHO NEED ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEER SUPPORT: If your agency needs additional volunteer support to staff shelters, conduct damage assessments or is anticipating other volunteer needs, please contact Gina.L.Namay@wv.gov or 304-558-0111 to complete a volunteer request.
FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS: Financial donations are the best way to support the effort at this time. West Virginia has a statewide disaster relief fund managed in cooperation with a network of West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WVVOAD) and the United Methodist Church. You can donate to this fund at https://wvvoad.communityos.org/cms/home.
Financial donations can be mailed to:
WV Disaster Relief Fund
PO Box 3811
Charleston, WV 25338
INFORMATION ON THE RESPONSE: Please visit https://wvvoad.communityos.org/cms/home for updates on the West Virginia floods.