Tips for Donating and Volunteering Responsibly
CASH is best! Cash is versatile and helps relief agencies to meet survivors’ needs as quickly as possible.
CONFIRM the need before sending donations or traveling to impacted areas.
CONNECT to relief organizations for volunteer opportunities.
Financial contributions to recognized disaster relief organizations are the most effective. This helps ensure a steady flow of important services to the people in need after a disaster.
- Cash is the most efficient method of donating - Cash offers voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources. Cash pumps money into the local economy to help businesses recover.
- Allows voluntary organizations to fund response and recovery efforts, including obtaining goods and services locally, as well as providing direct financial assistance to disaster survivors to meet their own needs.
- Unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute these items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
Cash donations can be made to the 2013 Spring Flood Long-Term Recovery Committee.
P.O. Box 240834, Anchorage, AK
Donate through a trusted organization - Within Alaska, many voluntary-, faith- and community-based organizations are active in disasters, and are trusted ways to donate to disaster survivors. If you’d like to donate or volunteer to assist those affected by the 2013 Spring Floods, these organizations are a great place to start:
Affiliate with existing non-profit organizations before coming to the disaster area. Immediately following a disaster, a community can become easily overwhelmed by the amount of generous people who want to help.
Be safe. Do not self deploy until a need has been identified and the local community impacted has requested support. Wait until it is safe to travel to volunteer sites and opportunities have been identified.
Be patient. Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media attention. There will be volunteer needs for many months, often years, after the disaster.
Find out more about volunteering: