Response Information

Pennsylvania VOAD is responding to the needs of communities across the State/Territory. Below, you will find information regarding our current responses. For more information on how you can assist our response efforts, click here.

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. If you have disaster related unmet needs from Ida, please call 267-888-7471 and leave a message with your name and number. Someone will return your call.

Let’s Reach the Finish Line In Eastwick!

Rebuilding continues following Tropical Storm Isaias in the Eastwick neighborhood of Philadelphia. Volunteers and Contractors needed!

Since Tropical Storm Isaias brought devastating flooding to the Eastwick neighborhood of Philadelphia in August 2020, the Eastwick Unmet Needs Roundtable identified 50 families who needed help with rebuilding of homes and replacement of heating and cooling systems.

The Eastwick Unmet Needs Roundtable is a partnership of community organizations like Eastwick United CDC, Eastwick Friends and Neighbors Coalition, as well as disaster recovery non-profits like The Salvation Army, UCC Disaster Ministries, Lutheran Disaster Response, The Elevated Studio, The Eastern PA Conference of the United Methodist Church. Government partners include Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management, Philadelphia Office of Sustainability, Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation, and Pennsylvania Emergency Management.

Volunteers have contributed 4,000 hours to date. Contractors have installed 26 air handlers and 6 hot water heaters as well as repaired electric and plumbing in several homes.

Help us complete the remaining 15 cases by the end of the calendar year. Volunteers, skilled in general construction/carpentry, as well as those willing to learn, are needed. We also are looking for licensed and insured contractors. Full funding is available for all materials and contractor labor.

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator, Sharon Sgriccia  [email protected]

·         Indicate your interest in volunteering. 

·         Insured and Licensed Contractors: Please contact us for opportunities related to general construction.

Long term recovery from disasters takes many years and is a very slow and difficult process for survivors. We hold in our hearts those just beginning to recover from Hurricanes Fiona and Ian. Please consider this opportunity closer to home as a way of standing in solidarity with all disaster survivors in all places.

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Case Management for Disaster Recovery is a free service which partners an individual or household to work with a trained Disaster Case Manager (DCM) 1-on-1. The DCM will perform an assessment of your needs and help you to access eligible resources. A DCM will advocate on behalf of the individuals and families with FEMA, insurance companies, the Small Business Administration (SBA), and other disaster related services. This service is supported by a FEMA grant through the PA Department of Human Services, and is available in the counties of Bucks, Montgomery and York in response to Hurricane Ida.  To learn more call 1-833-461-8IDA (1-833-461-8432). Spanish-speaking Disaster Case Managers are available.

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RESILIENCE THROUGH EDUCATION + DESIGN CLINIC (RED-C) for Ida Recovery in York County will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2022, from 6:30-8:30 PM ET at the Dover Township Community Center – 3700 Davidsburg Rd., Dover, PA 17315. Learn about Disaster Case Management, Insurance Advocacy, Legal Rights, Navigating Recovery, and more! Pre-registration is encouraged: https://forms.gle/ C2WR5JhSJ36a9D6q8