Frequently Asked Questions:


Q: How can I get in touch with HSVOAD for my needs?
A: Your best bet is to contact the individual agency for help. 

Q: How can you afford to do all of this?
A: HSVOAD and its member agencies receive no direct governmental assistance.  At times, member agencies may qualify for specific grants, but most members rely on the generosity of the Hawaiian people or pay out of their own pockets.  The simple answer is that, at times, we can't afford to do it.  Still, by pulling our HSVOAD heads together, we work to meet the needs of the Hawaiian people.


Q: When does HSVOAD meet?
A: HSVOAD meets almost monthly and has special meetings to address specific problems.  

Q: When can I go to one of these meetings?
A: If you are the authorized representative of a Voluntary Organization and meet our criteria, we welcome you to come to our meetings and become a member of HSVOAD.  If you are an individual, you may be best served by seeking assistance directly from an appropriate member agency.


Q: What does HSVOAD stand for?
A: The letters stand for Hawaii State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.  It could stand for Hawaii State Volunteers Organized Against Disaster which shows on some of  our older documents; however, the current name is  Hawaii State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster - Hawaii State VOAD.

Q: What does HSVOAD do?
A: HSVOAD does not respond to disaster, but rather the member agencies respond.  HSVOAD provides the environment for members to discuss what their agencies are going to do. how they can do it, how other member agencies can help and how the member agencies can avoid duplication of effort.  A good example of what HSVOAD does is the Long Term Recovery Committee meeting where American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, Aloha United Way, Hawaii FoodBank, United Methodist Church, Salvation Army, Tzu Chi Foundation, Pacific Health Ministry and others sit at one table to discuss the unmet needs of survivors of a flood or high wind damage or other disaster. 

Q: So, is HSVOAD the boss of the different agenies?
A: No, each agency answers to itself.  HSVOAD members sit at one table as equals.

Q: I still don't understand.  Can you give me an example?
A: If you had an outrigger canoe come to rescue you with one person each from Red Cross, Salvation Army, Amateur Radio Emergency Service, Catholic Charities, Aloha United Way and Hawaii FoodBank (other members are in the other canoe), wouldn't you want them to practice as a team, first, before coming to assist you?   HSVOAD doesn't go in circles.  


Q: Why can't HSVOAD help me directly?
A: HSVOAD works through its member agencies.  

Q: Why haven't I heard of HSVOAD?  Why haven't I seen HSVOAD at house fires, earthquakes, floods, or other disasters?  I only see American Red Cross, Hawaii FoodBank, Catholic Charities, Aloha United Way and others at emergencies and disasters.  Why don't I see HSVOAD there?
A: When you see those agencies respond to an emergency together in a cooperative, efficient, coordinated manner, you are seeing the time they spent together at one table at HSVOAD. 


Q: Where does HSVOAD operate?

A: In the State of Hawaii in all counties.