Response Information

Pennsylvania VOAD is responding to the needs of communities across the State. Below, you will find information regarding our current responses. For more information on how you can assist our response efforts, click here. You can learn more about the response activities of National VOAD members by viewing the NVOAD VOAD VISION.

Summer and Fall 2023 Flooding

Many of our organizations are responding to the recent storms and flooding in eastern PA. 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is reminding businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters in  Pennsylvania affected by the severe storms and flooding that occurred Sept. 9, 2023, to apply for physical damage disaster loans by the March 25 deadline.  Anyone in Lackawanna County and the adjacent counties of Luzerne, Monroe, Susquehanna, Wayne, and Wyoming with physical property damage should apply for the low-interest disaster loan.

Berks County – If you have unmet needs from these storms, you can let our helping agencies know about your needs by completing this form.

Northampton County – If you have unmet needs, please complete this form.

Volunteers are needed

Member agencies of PAVOAD are currently assisting in several responses. We do this in partnership with county departments of emergency services, PEMA, FEMA, and numerous community partners.

Volunteers and Volunteer Work Groups are needed for rebuild and recovery!!! Volunteers are needed for responses in Berks, York, Chester, Montgomery, Philadelphia, Lackawanna, and Delaware counties.  There are Construction Project Managers on site to guide and support as needed. Materials and tools are available. Come for a day or stay for a week!  Housing/food is available in some locations, if needed. To volunteer or to get more information, contact:

            York County – Glenn Beard, [email protected], 717-471-1067

Berks County – Sharon Sgriccia – [email protected], 484-482-5272.

            Southeast PA Counties – Denise Shelton at [email protected], 484-441-6637.

            Lackawanna County – Doug Hoy, [email protected], 717-766-7441, extension 3402

Volunteering is Good for Your Health.

Check out these statistics:

  • Older volunteers in the U.S. experienced a 44% lower mortality rate than those who did not volunteer. (Source: Americorps)
  • Volunteering leads to an 8.54% increase in mental health. (Source: BMC Public Health) 
  • 64% of employees who volunteer said it improved work relationships. (Source: United Health Group)

For more information, click volunteering statistics.