The quality of your life will be determined by the quality of your contribution. When you work to improve the lives of others, your life improves automatically. — Kurek Ashley
Donation and Volunteer Opportunities in Colorado
Help Colorado Now
HelpColoradoNow.org is a place for information on how to help people affected by disaster. The website was created in partnership between Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active on Disaster (COVOAD) and the Donation and Volunteer Coordination Team (DVCT), in cooperation with Colorado's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM).
This resource aims to provide guidance to the public on how to best help communities recover following a disaster.
COVOAD works to support its membership by facilitating planning and coordination efforts among response and recovery voluntary agencies. By working together before disasters strike, COVOAD member agencies are better positioned to provide more effective services and minimize duplication.
COVOAD falls under the umbrella of NVOAD, which was formed in 1970 when it was acknowledged that the voluntary agencies’ response following Hurricane Camille (1969) was fragmented and uncoordinated. Thereafter, particularly in response to Hurricane Andrew in the early 1990s, state VOADs began forming throughout the U.S. to support state and regional needs.
The core of COVOAD’s success is its commitment to facilitate and enhance what is known as the ‘4 Cs’: communication, coordination, cooperation, and collaboration. The key activities of COVOAD, as with all VOADs, include planning, convening, partnering and training.
Mile High United Way
Mile High United Way is more than an organization — it is a catalyst for social change, living at the intersection of the private, public, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.
We know that our community’s challenges are bigger than any one organization can solve alone. By partnering with hundreds of local nonprofits, government agencies, policy-makers and businesses, we collectively solve community-wide problems.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through disaster relief and other key service areas.
The Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disaster in the U.S. every year, ranging from home fires that affect a single family to hurricanes that affect tens of thousands, to earthquakes that impact millions. In these events, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, physical and mental health services to help families and entire communities get back on their feet. Although the Red Cross is not a government agency, it is an essential part of the response when disaster strikes, partnering with other agencies and organizations that provide services to victims.