HOW IT WORKS.
San Luis Valley Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (SLV VOAD)are working to build relationships between disaster relief and community volunteers and organizations throughout the San Luis Valley before we are impacted. Our disaster response systems involve government, non-profit, and community groups. We believe that acknowledging and strengthening these relationships makes us better able to respond successfully when help is needed.
A VOAD facilitates a coordinated volunteer response to a disaster. Its regular members are nonprofit and/or volunteer organizations. VOAD networks complement the efforts of official emergency response entities by identifying volunteer capabilities. In a disaster, volunteer needs identified by Emergency Managers or response agencies prompt referrals to the VOAD. VOAD member organizations then coordinate volunteer support activities
Being part of a VOAD allows you to better maximize the impact of your volunteers. It helps prevent duplication of efforts among organizations. It helps ensure that community needs are met. And it helps ensure that suggestions, opinions, and concerns from different response and relief organizations are met.
Our VOAD is built to network voluntary organizations active in disasters within the jurisdiction of the Counties of Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache. We build partnerships through cooperation, coordination, collaboration and communication of participants, at all community levels, and to promote effective relationships with local, state, and federal agencies.
Together our community and partners respond when help is needed.