Minnesota residents are in need of support after disasters, and many organizations are working to provide assistance. In order to provide that critical assistance, through all phases of disaster, those agencies need your support.
There are 3 ways you can be of assistance:
1) Monetary contributions: monetary donations provide the greatest flexibility and allow agencies working in impacted communities to buy what is needed at that moment. Cash donations can be given to:
- The voluntary agency of your choice. Please click here to see the list of organizations that are members of MNVOAD. As you look at this list, please keep in mind that the agencies who have been responding to the 2011 Spring Floods are:
- American Red Cross
- The Salvation Army – Northern Division
- Headwaters Relief Organization
- A local Long-Term Recovery Committee (LTRC), working to meet the un-met needs in a specific community. To see a list of active LTRCs, please click here.
2) Donations of goods (in-kind donations): items that are needed for response and recovery and are requested by a voluntary agency or an established Long-Term Recovery Committee (LTRC).
- To contact a MNVOAD agency directly, please see the list of members under the “Members” tab
3) Volunteer: individual Minnesotans volunteering to help are the backbone of disaster response. The best way to get involved is to affiliate with a disaster response organization BEFORE a disaster. However, local volunteer efforts for specific disasters are organized on a local level. Immediately before, during, and after a disaster, local officials and agencies will announce volunteer needs and plans. In order to safely and effectively respond, it is very important to follow these instructions. Once the initial needs have been met, those interested in helping should:
- Get involved with a voluntary agency that responds to disasters. Please see the “Members” tab to see the organizations that typically respond to disaster in Minnesota.
- Call United Way’s 2-1-1 to find the most up-to-date information about local volunteer opportunities. Call 211 or 1-800-543-7709.
- Long-Term Recovery Committees often need volunteers to help meet unmet needs. Please click here to see a list of active LTRCs that may need volunteers.
Check out this video episode of GET READY GOPHER in helping after a disaster.
Get Ready Gopher Episode 14: Helping Out After a Disaster: