December 19, 2013
At the recent Board of Directors Meeting, a proposal was brought forward for REACT International to re-join NVOAD (National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster). NVOAD’s 4 core principles are Cooperation, Communication, Coordination and Collaboration.
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 110 member organizations throughout the nation, serving in all 50 states, 4 territories and the District of Columbia. Guided by the core principles of the “4 C’s”: 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.
The 110 members of National VOAD National represent a diverse group of highly competent emergency service organizations who provide a wide range of skills in service to our fellow man, our communities and our nation. All organizations have service-oriented missions and include volunteer engagement as a key component of their operations.
Our 55 State and Territory VOAD members represent many local and regional VOADs, and hundreds of additional local organizations. All are dedicated to whole community engagement and recognize that the VOAD movement values and practices represent a proven way to build resilient communities. Our dynamic combination of faith-based, community-based, and other non-profit, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) represents thousands of professional staff and volunteers with unique skills and a resourceful spirit.
National VOAD promotes whole community collaborative relationships and practices throughout the disaster cycle. Recognizing that all sectors of society must work together to foster more resilient, self-reliant communities nationwide, we facilitate partnerships with government agencies, for-profit corporations, foundations, educational and research institutions, and other governmental agencies.