Welcome to the Boulder County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster! We are working to build relationships between disaster relief and community organizations throughout Boulder County before we are impacted. Our disaster response systems involve government, business, non-profit, and community groups and we believe that acknowledging and strengthening these relationships makes us better able to respond successfully when help is needed.
This local VOAD was formed in 2015 as a result of the major floods that impacted Colorado’s Front Range communities in 2013. We have strong partnerships with local governments, and active local members. If you are interested in becoming involved or learning more, please don’t hesitate to contact us during rain or shine.
The mission of the BoCoVOAD is to build community strength, collaboration, and resilience throughout the disaster cycle; promote implementation of lessons learned from past experience; and facilitate agile and effective response to human needs arising from disasters throughout Boulder County and neighboring communities. This will be achieved through cooperation, coordination, communication and collaboration of Participants.
- The Boulder County VOAD was started in 2015 after major flooding impacted northern Colorado in 2013
- It is connected with the Colorado State VOAD, but maintains its own membership
- This network facilitates coordination, collaboration, cooperation and communication for all members, partners, and interested parties before and during an event
- Member organizations have different specialties including sheltering, chainsaw work, and spiritual care
- The Boulder County VOAD works with local government including the Office of Emergency Management and Boulder County Housing and Human Services
- If you are from out of state or represent a brand new volunteer group then please connect with us
No. Instead, the VOAD prioritizes networking between members so they can share information that will help them operate more effectively as individual organizations. This coordination and communication are necessary for helping to ensure that resources meet needs on the ground.
Members of the Boulder County VOAD do not pay dues. Many other VOADs do require that in order to help with operations and organization, but the BoCo VOAD is small enough to not need that at this point.
Please get in touch! We can connect you with different volunteer opportunities, or if you are part of a volunteer group that is working with people impacted by disaster then we can make sure you are on our contact list.