Questions about the website:
1. How do I sign up to volunteer?
We have partnered with Spark the Change Colorado to provide this volunteer database. You are able to select shifts, sign up, and contact the opportunity coordinator all on this site! Select an option in the 'Volunteer' dropdown menu at the top of the page to get started.
2. How do I donate?
If you would like to make a financial donation to a specific agency responding to a current disaster, visit our Donate to an Agency Page.
If you would like to make a material donation, please visit our Donate Materials Page.
Questions about volunteering:
1. I've signed up to volunteer, but haven't heard anything. What now?
Seeing images of disaster may compel you to head to the impacted area. Don’t underestimate the complexity of working in a disaster area. Until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support, volunteers should not enter.
- Be sure to affiliate with an existing voluntary organization before coming to the disaster area, and that organization has been asked to respond.
- Wait until it is safe to travel to volunteer sites and opportunities have been identified.
- Once assigned a position, make sure you have been given an assignment and are wearing proper safety gear for the task.
Be patient. Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster – especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period.
During most disasters, volunteer need is lower during the initial response and greater during the long-term recovery. If an agency needs volunteers they will reach out to you if you are signed up in the Volunteer Registration Portal. If you would like to find specific volunteer opportunities in your community, please explore the 'Volunteer' dropdown tab in the menu at the top of the page.
2. Is there risk involved in volunteering?
Yes. There is risk associated with volunteering during any disaster. Please assess your own health and risk factors before volunteering, and determine what risk you can mitigate while volunteering. Ask your voluntary agency what Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be made available to you when volunteering.
3. What happens if I get sick or injured?
Please follow State and Local guidelines for self-quarantining and testing. Cease volunteering and contact your health provider for how to receive care.
Questions about donating:
1. I'd like to donate to a specific agency, can I do that?
Yes. There are numerous agencies responding in Colorado. Some are responding state-wide and some are responding locally. Please visit out Donate to an Agency Page to find an agency that you would like to donate to.
2. How do I offer a material donation?
If you have not created a volunteer profile through the Volunteer Data Base, you must do that first. If you have a profile, log in, click the "Individual Donor" tab, and click "Add item to Inventory".
Questions about receiving support:
1. I am an agency that needs volunteers, how do I get connected?
Please visit our Volunteer Need Page or fill out this request form. You may also visit the Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (COVOAD) Website, to learn how become a member and get connected to volunteers.
2. I am an agency that needs material donations, how do I get connected?
Please connect with the COVOAD to learn how to get connected to material donations.