A group called V.O.A.D, stands for Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, is made up of non profits organizations from over the state and national organizations. They help with disaster relief in the community to help community recover at a disaster, like Storm Atlas,
Richard Smith, the Executive Director of the Black Hills Red Cross says,
"So we come together i one voice at one time to help our community to
recover form everything that has been and that can be anywhere from the
food bank being involved making sure that there is food
in the community for those who have lost food, that can be the ARC
doing their part in the sheltering operations, lss, css, and many other
providing mental health to those people who may be impacted and looking
at the long term of the
Volunteers donate their time to help the community recover faster. Make sure when disaster strikes, to
Check your neighbors
Call 211 if you have a need, like a need for
Volunteer to help or donate also by calling 211
is one of the great things about having a jobs like this you get to see
the people who are really passionate and really care about their
community they are the ones who
step forward at this time, they are the ones that make
things happen in the background they are the people that you don't hear
form everyday, so truly what should be happening in that there should
be 50 people standing here behind us bec we are all one, we are all out
doing this, so its great to see all these very passionate commitment
people that want to help people come together to do something like this. "
Gene Bischke, a Red Cross volunteer from Bismark ND, says, "I like the opportunity to give back to people, to be able to support them in their time of need...we
really like volunteering for the Red Cross its very satisfying to be able to help people out in their time of need and they are always appreciative of it, so it give you that feel good."
He also could not believe the amount of damage to the area.
Totally shocked, even on the way down there to see like the livestock
that were lost, once we got into the area the amount of snow and the tree
damage was way beyond what I expected, I've seen some on the news but nothing at all came close to what it was
Volunteers of VOAD donate their time to help the community recover faster.
To learn more about VOAD:
Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
Renee Parker, Executive Director of United Way 605-343-5872