National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership based organization that serves as the forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle—preparation, response and recovery —to help disaster survivors and their communities.
To fulfill this mission, National VOAD fosters more effective service to people affected by disaster through convening mechanisms, outreach, advocacy, and as a champion and facilitator for the application of our values and core principles.
Since our founding in 1970, National VOAD member organizations have worked tirelessly to assist communities affected by disasters. Over the past 42 years, the VOAD movement has grown to include 111 Member organizations throughout the nation, serving in all 50 states, 5 territories and the District of Columbia. Guided by the core principles of the 4Cs -- cooperation, communication, coordination, and collaboration -- National VOAD Members provide the leadership that build strong, resilient communities and delivers hope in times of need.
National VOAD is led by member organization volunteers and staff who are champions in the preparedness and disaster services community. Many volunteer their time to serve on our Committees and Task Forces, as members of our Board of Directors, or participants at the annual National VOAD Conference.