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Volunteering in Disaster

Thank you for your interest in volunteering to help those impacted by the recent severe weather throughout the region. Through the Emergency Volunteer Center, volunteers are registered in a secure and efficient manner to connect with the disaster recovery volunteer opportunities.

Currently, assessments are being made to engage volunteers in the recent severe weather response. Please follow the steps below to be notified of volunteer opportunities when they become available, and when it is safe to do so. 

Step 1: Create a volunteer account. 

If you already have an account you do not need to create a new one. Just make sure your preferences are set to receive emails from United Way.  Once logged into your account, click on My Account, and then Personal Information, and be sure that the communication box at the bottom is checked to receive information. 

Step 2: Wait to receive an email from with opportunities once they become available. 

Step 3: Sign-up for the opportunity!

Step 4: Follow the instructions in the volunteer opportunity description. Many opportunities will have you immediately go to the Volunteer Reception Center to begin volunteering.

Step 5: Keep checking in on the website for updates. The site will be immediately updated when volunteers are no longer needed for a particular opportunity and when opportunities become available. 

Please Keep In Mind

  • Do not self-deploy to the scene of the disaster. The arrival of unexpected volunteers will interfere with the initial response and assessment efforts. You could unsuspectingly place yourself or others at greater risk.
  • Any assigned volunteer opportunity will not involve first-responder activity or put volunteers at risk. Volunteers will be placed safely in various capacities to support emergency response officials and/or community-based organizations during disaster recovery.

  • Volunteer opportunities will be made based on identified needs in the community and the ability to address these needs in a safe, organized and effective manner.

  • Assistance will be needed most during the recovery period. Volunteers are often most valuable in the days, weeks, and months following the disaster.

Questions? Contact Katelind Hosie at or 314-539-4266. 

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