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.

July 2023 Flooding

Many of our organizations are responding to the recent storms and flooding in eastern PA.  Current information will be reviewed on this call: Eastern Region of PAVOAD is having a Coordination Call, concerning the recent flooding each Tuesday at 2:30 PM ET. Join Zoom MeetingMeeting ID: 829 7734 5764.  Passcode: 858188.  One tap mobile  -☎️ +16465588656,,82977345764#,,,,*858188# US.

Berks County – If you have unmet needs from these storms, you can let our helping agencies know about your needs by completing this form. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has declared a SBA Declaration for Berks County, and the contiguous counties of Chester,  Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Schuylkill as a result of the severe storms ad flash flooding that occurred July 9, 2023. Application Filing Deadlines: Physical Damage: November 27, 2023; Economic Injury: June 28, 2024.  It is anticipated that a SBA Center will be established in the very near future. Read the Fact Sheet.

A Disaster Loan Outreach Center (DLOC) to serve the survivors will be open on Tuesday, October 3, 2023, from 11 AM to 6 PM ET, at Roessner Hall, Room 100, Albright College, 1940 N. 13 Street, Reading, PA 19604. Beginning on Wednesday, October 4, the DLOC will be open Monday – Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM and Saturday from 10 AM to 2 PM until further notice.

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

Hurricane Ida Response

Member agencies of PAVOAD are currently coordinating for Hurricane Ida response. We do this in partnership with county departments of emergency services, PEMA, FEMA, and numerous community partners.

🟢🟢 The Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP) is providing case management services to  survivors in three participating counties impacted by Ida in September 2021: Bucks, Montgomery, York. Survivors in these counties may call ☎️1-833-4618-IDA (1-833-461-8432) for support and assistance. English FlyerSpanish Flyer.

🟢🟢 Disaster Case Management is also available for survivors of Ida who reside in the other impacted counties: Delaware, Philadelphia, Chester, Northampton, and Bedford.  Survivors who want to request services can call ☎️267-888-7471 and leave a message which contains a call-back number. A case manager will return the call.

🟢🟢 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

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

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

Tropical Storm Isaias Response

🟢🟢 Volunteer Builders are needed in the Eastwick section of Philadelphia. It has been more than 3 years since the storm in Eastwick. The Eastwick Unmet Needs Roundtable is hoping to get the survivors to full recovery soon. Therefore, volunteers are needed for flooring, drywall, and painting on these Saturdays: September 9, October 14, and November 11 (the second Saturday of the month).  Registration is required.  Contact [email protected]. Learn more.  However, volunteers are welcome whenever you can come to help. Register at [email protected].

🟢🟢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.