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Northern California VOAD Receives Grant to Expand Capacity for Disaster Response
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By Kurt Kleier, volunteer, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter
December 14, 2009

The Northern California Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is one of two VOAD branches containing multiple local chapters. Its mission is to serve those affected by disasters by cultivating inter-agency capacity, increasing response capabilities in non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and providing effective disaster response and recovery operations. NorCal VOAD also has a strong partnership with the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter.

In September 2009, NorCal VOAD received a grant from California Volunteers that was designed to expand regional and statewide associations of volunteer organizations to carry out VOAD’s mission. Grant funds have already contributed to accomplishing the VOAD’s objectives: volunteer capacity has been improved and the Coordinated Assistance Network (CAN) tool was introduced. CAN is a web-based tool developed to match and document all available resources to client needs.

Brian Regan, a Red Cross volunteer in Alameda County and president of NorCal VOAD stated, “When a toolkit was developed, it helped us earn the grant. It will enable us to reach out to all of the counties in Northern California to increase collaboration among organizations that participate in providing assistance to individuals affected by disasters.”

NorCal VOAD meets quarterly in Oakland and is open to all interested agencies and organizations. Additional information about NorCal VOAD can be found at www.calvoad.org

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