About Us

South Dakota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is an affiliate of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD). National VOAD, an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters, provides a forum promoting cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration; and fosters more effective delivery of services to communities affected by disaster.

The membership of South Dakota VOAD consists of both locally based organizations and local representatives of National organizations. Our mission is to strengthen the capabilities of organizations working together in our State to respond to communities affected by disaster. South Dakota VOAD member organizations cover a broad range of missions and technical expertise, and adhere to the 4 Cs: Cooperation, Communication, Coordination, and Collaboration.

Our Values

A commitment to caring and compassion for all people.

A coordinated, inclusive approach provides the basis for a nurturing environment in which disaster response agencies will flourish.

A quest for excellence in SD VOAD programs by encouraging best practices and mutual accountability results in operational synergy.

Our work will be accomplished in a respectful, non-judgmental, and non-discriminatory manner.

Trust, mutual respect, and equal partnerships of community service providers are essential elements of our work.

Providing hope – making a difference – offering opportunities for true collaboration – are the lifeblood and soul of the organization.

The 4 Cs of VOAD

South Dakota VOAD is a network of agencies working together to foster efficient delivery of resources to people affected by disasters. The role is to support its members’ efforts by providing a forum to facilitate Cooperation, Communication, Coordination & Collaboration.

Cooperation Recognizing that South Dakota’s relief and recovery needs can be best achieved by working together with a common purpose.
Communication Fostering a climate of openness to share information between member organizations – their capacities, accomplishments and commitments.
Coordination Working together, in a non-competitive manner, toward the goal of effectively utilizing resources to support the disaster response efforts.
Collaboration Increasing awareness and preparedness for each member organization by forming strategic partnerships throughout the disaster cycle.

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