How to Donate
While all donations are appreciated, CASH IS BEST. During and after a disaster, our members who are involved in the response and recovery need your MONETARY donations. If you want to donate, please see our Current Members page and donate directly to the organizations involved.
If you wish to donate during or after a local disaster and ensure the funds are used for your local community, consider donating directly to the COAD member organizations that are involved. For a list of our COADs, click here. If you are unable to donate directly to a specific member organization, you can make a monetary donation here and the funds will be used in the county of your choice for disaster response, recovery, and preparation.
We currently accepts checks and cash. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Do not send or bring unsolicited donations. In the early stages of the response phase, most organizations are unable to accommodate any material goods. Unsolicited donations create a challenge of storage and sorting when focus is needed on response and recovery. Contact us for information on what is needed.
Cash is Best
Cash offers Arizona VOAD the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources. Organizations typically prefer cash donations because they allow our members to:
- Purchase food, water, medicine, and equipment from secure and familiar supply chains
- Buy materials locally. This can help rebuild the local economy
- Conserve resources. Money is always necessary and cheap to send, but the cost to ship material supplies can be expensive.
- Remember, material supplies such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable food require helping agencies to redirect volunteer labor away from providing direct one-on-one assistance to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.