The Arkansas Department of Human Services, Office of Communications and Community Engagement (OCCE) is the coordinating office for volunteer and donations management within the state with the support of members of the Arkansas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ARVOAD).
VolunteerAR and OCCE work together with ARVOAD to manage donated goods after a disaster. It is not the state's intent to alter, divert or otherwise impede the normal operation or flow of goods or services through volunteer organizations, but to help coordinate offers of donated goods and services.
- The state encourages individuals interested in volunteering after a disaster to connect with a voluntary organization/agency of their choice or register at a local volunteer reception center.
- The state encourages the general public to make cash donations to voluntary, faith-based, recognized nonprofit organizations, and/or community organizations providing services to disaster victims.
If you would like to help those affected by disasters, please click on the links below:
Here are some reminders about what to do when disaster strikes that we hope you will take to heart and share with your friends and relatives.
Do not self-deploy as a volunteer to a disaster area. We know you want to help, but food, water, shelter, and transportation are at a premium and the first priority is making sure that first responders and local residents can get what they need.
Sign up before you show up. If you are able to volunteer, make sure to find an organization and sign up. Capacity is stretched during disasters and you need to make sure that you can be utilized.
Donate cash. What most communities need is cash, not things. Find a reputable organization that is supporting the disaster response and recovery and contribute. They can buy what they need and not have to worry about sorting and storing donations, especially when storage facilities may be damaged or being used to shelter people. Here are some national disaster response organizations you may want to consider.
Access additional information for ARVOAD here:
Access the Arkansas Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (ARCEMP) here: