Arizona VOAD is the Arizona state chapter of NVOAD (National VOAD). It consists of organizations active in disaster response through the state of Arizona. Arizona VOAD's role is to bring organizations together and enable them to understand each other and work together smoothly. To accomplish these goals, Arizona VOAD meets four times each year and encourages member organizations to share information and training opportunities at that time. Arizona VOAD general meetings are also times to conduct business, provide training, networking and planning. Updates on current disaster relief are given.
At the national level, VOAD is a consortium of recognized national voluntary organizations active in disaster relief. Its mission is to foster more effective service to people affected by disasters. NVOAD is 25 years old. The immediate reason for forming the organization was Hurricane Camille. In the aftermath of this disaster, the voluntary organizations who wanted to help victims realized they didn't know very much about each other, and certainly weren't very well coordinated. NVOAD coordinates planning efforts by many voluntary organizations responding to disaster. Member organizations provide more effective and less duplication in service by getting together before disasters strike. Once disasters occur, NVOAD or an affiliated state VOAD encourages members and other voluntary agencies to convene on site. This cooperative effort has proven to be the most effective way for a wide variety of volunteers and organizations to work together in a crisis. NVOAD serves member organizations through:
The purpose of this organization shall be to bring together voluntary organizations active in disaster services to foster more effective service to the people of Arizona affected by disaster through: Communication, Coordination, Cooperation, Collaboration, Convening Mechanisms, Outreach, and Advocacy.
Arizona VOAD promotes coordination among member organizations to facilitate access to available resources and services.
Cooperation – We need each other. No member organization has all the answers for the challenges of disaster response. We are partners.
Communication – We regularly share information about our member organizations including their capacities, accomplishments and commitments. We work to maintain good channels to share information, listen intently to one another and deal openly with concerns.
Coordination – We are committed to work together, without competition, to toward the goal of effective service to disaster victims. We seek to match services to need. Through careful planning and preparation, we equip our organizations to work in coordination in times of disaster.
Collaboration – We are dedicated to working together to achieve specific goals and to undertake specific projects at disaster sites. We form partnerships during the disaster response.
Education – We wish to increase awareness of each organization and also of the population of Arizona.
Convening Mechanism – We cooperate in arranging meetings, conferences and trainings.
Legislation – We encourage effective disaster relief legislation and policy.
Liaison – To serve as a liaison, advocate and voice to improve service, and support ordinance, bills and legislation.
Amerian Red Cross
6135 N. Black Canyon Hwy
The Association of Arizona Food Banks
2100 North Central Ave, Suite #230
Phoenix, Az 85004
Office 602-528-3434 Cell 602-909-0240
Emergency Disaster Services Director
The Salvation Army
2707 E. Van Buren
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Office 602-267-4174 Cell 602-502-3049
Arizona Ecumenical Council
7227 N 16th Street, Suite 260
Phoenix, Az 85020
Office 602-468-3818 Cell 602-793-7223
|Pastor Jim Cutlipp
United Methodist Church
Desert Southwest Conference
261 N. 5th Street
Show Low, Az 85901
Christian Emergncy Network
39506 N Daisty Mountain Drive STE 122-614
Anthem, Az 85086
Special Events Coordinator
HandsOn Greater Phoenix
5151 N. 19th Ave #200
Phoenix, Az 85015
Office 602-973-2212 Ext 233 Cell 828-280-9212