How to Donate
While all donations are appreciated, CASH IS BEST. [enter name of VOAD] is fully-vetted, experienced, and staffed by dedicated professionals who will get the most out of your generous donation. If you wish to make a financial donation to [enter name of VOAD], please click here.
Do not send or bring unsolicited donations. In the early stages of the response phase, most organizations are unable to accommodate any material goods. Unsolicited donations create a challenge of storage and sorting when focus is needed on response and recovery. Contact us for information on what is needed.
Cash is Best
Cash offers [enter name of VOAD] the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources. Organizations typically prefer cash donations because they allow our members to:
- Purchase food, water, medicine, and equipment from secure and familiar supply chains
- Buy materials locally. This can help rebuild the local economy
- Conserve resources. Money is always necessary and cheap to send, but the cost to ship material supplies can be expensive.
- Remember, material supplies such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable food require helping agencies to redirect volunteer labor away from providing direct one-on-one assistance to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.