WV VOAD has created a new resource manual for residents, community organizations and state agencies seeking assistance or looking to assist others after a disaster.
Produced by WV VOAD’s AmeriCorps VISTA, Erin Bower, who has been working with VOAD since June 2017, the 411-page guide is now available on our website, www.wvvoad.org.
“We hoped to create a hub, or a single place where communities could find information about where to seek help in the wake of a flood or other disaster,” WV VOAD Recovery Coordinator Bethany Bentley said. “We wanted something that was specific to West Virginia with agencies and businesses that have been cooperative and collaborative with WV VOAD.”
The resource manual includes information about WV VOAD member agencies and the services they provide, along with contact information on vendors that have had strong relationships with WV VOAD and its member organizations.
The information is broken down geographically, first listing those organizations and businesses that provide services statewide and then identifying resources in each county. Information can be found on everything from debris cleanup and home rebuilding and repair to spiritual care, financial planning and assistance, plumbing and electrical contractors and much more.
Bower, who spent more than six months compiling information, said many people had a hand in helping identify relevant resources.
“Case managers and our member agencies played a huge role in gathering and providing contact information,” she said.
The resource manual will continue to be updated, and WV VOAD is actively seeking recommendations for additional resources, particularly in the construction field. Information can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.