Volunteering in Disaster

Thanks for your interest in helping your community recover from this disaster. Through our Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC), Volunteer LA is focused on matching volunteers to needs based on their skills and geography in order to maximize the positive impact to the community.

To be part of this effort, please register online and provide some basic information about yourself.

If you are already registered, please continue reading below and then click here to see a listing of current volunteer needs.

Please remember
- do not show up to the scene of the emergency incident. In disaster, sometimes the best of intentions can make a situation more challenging. When volunteers are not expected or properly managed, they may unwittingly be placing themselves in harm’s way and/or create extra work for first responders focused on meeting immediate needs.


What to Expect Next

Volunteer LA is currently reaching out to community-based organizations in the affected area to determine where volunteer support is needed. We are working in coordination with emergency response officials to identify specific needs, as well as establishing a process for agencies to report their needs to us directly.

Once appropriate disaster-related needs are verified, then we are matching registered volunteers based on experience, skill-set and geography.
Volunteer LA will be in consistent communication with all registered volunteers to keep them updated and let them know when appropriate volunteer opportunities are verified. If you are selected for a volunteer opportunity, we will contact you by phone or email to provide an assignment and briefing.

Please Keep the Following in Mind
  • Any assigned volunteer opportunity will not involve first-responder activity or put volunteers at-risk. Volunteers will be placed safely behind-the-scenes in various capacities to support emergency response officials and/or community-based organizations recovering from this disaster.
  • Not every volunteer that registers will be assigned. Volunteer assignments will be made based on identified needs in the community and the ability to address these needs in a safe, organized and effective manner.
  • Assistance will be needed most during the recovery period. Volunteers are often most valuable in the days, weeks and months following the disaster.