Donations Help WV VOAD Lead Disaster Response

December 1, 2019

Dear Friend,

Your WV VOAD is at work for you!  Did you know that West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster maintains readiness to respond to natural or man-made disasters anywhere in the State at all times?  WV VOAD is involved in all phases of disaster:  response, recovery, preparedness, and mitigation throughout the year.  Just since 2016 WV VOAD has:

  • 2016: Responded to historic flooding in twelve counties
    • Distributed water and supplies
    • Established Long term recovery committees and deployed volunteers
    • Trained case managers, construction managers and volunteers
    • Assisted in the recovery of over 2300 families including reconstruction of 78 bridges
    • Provided funding for disaster related unmet needs
  • 2017: Marion, Wetzel, Marshall and Ohio County flooding
    • Volunteer deployment
    • Long Term Recovery Committee set up and training
    • Unmet needs funding for disaster related expenses
  • 2018: Putnam County flooding
    • Volunteer deployment
    • Unmet needs funding for disaster related expenses
  • 2019: Randolph, Preston and Grant County flooding
    • Water/clean up bucket distribution
    • Port-a-john distribution
    • Established case management and unmet needs funding for disaster related expenses

As you can see WV VOAD is very busy!  When we are not responding to a disaster, we are preparing for the next one.  In fact, WV VOAD is West Virginia’s lead organization in disaster response with responsibility for mass care, feeding and sheltering whenever and wherever disaster strikes. 

Although we play a critical role in the State’s emergency operation plan, as a non-profit organization our funding comes exclusively from philanthropy and donations.  As you consider your year-end giving, please help WV VOAD remain strong and ready to respond vigorously to disaster. Click the DONATE tab to give online or mail your check to PO Box 178, Williamson WV 26551.  Thank you in advance for your help.  A gift of any size helps WV VOAD serve the citizens of West Virginia.

Best Personal Regards,

Jenny Gannaway
Executive Director

VOAD Volunteers Complete 6th Bridge for RISE Applicant

Kanawha County, W. Va. (July 2019) – A family in Clendenin lost both their home and their bridge in 2016.  Although eligible in Rise WV for replacement of their double wide mobile home, work could not begin without safe access. The WV VOAD Bridge Team supervised volunteers who completed the bridge replacement in under three weeks. In anticipation of the upcoming housing project, the twenty-foot bridge was re-engineered with an angled approach to accommodate delivery of the new mobile home.  Their housing recovery can begin now that the bridge is in place.

WV VOAD’s nationally recognized Bridge Program has replaced 71 private bridges statewide since 2015.  All but the 6 funded through Rise WV, constructed with CDBG-DR funds, were completed with donated funding and volunteer labor.  The WV VOAD Bridge Team expects to complete up to 100 bridges through the Rise WV program using volunteers from around the country.

Help WV VOAD Serve with Year-end Donation!

Your WV VOAD is at work for you!  Did you know that West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster maintains readiness to respond to natural or man-made disasters anywhere in the State at all times?  WV VOAD is involved in all phases of disaster:  response, recovery, preparedness, and mitigation throughout the year. Click DONATE to give today and thank you!

Help Us Help Others with your Year-End Donation!

Your WV VOAD leads disaster response in all 55 counties from early relief through long-term recovery. Your year-end donation helps us maintain readiness to deliver aid to our fellow West Virginians quickly. Just click the DONATE button to give and thank you for your partnership!

2019 Service Awards Presented at Annual Meeting

WV VOAD presented three awards at its Annual Meeting in June in recognition of the value of its volunteers, member organizations and partners.


Volunteer of the Year
The inaugural Joanne P. Fleming Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to outgoing board member Rodney Burkholder of Mennonite Disaster Service to celebrate his tireless and continual work toward West Virginia’s recovery from 2016 flooding. His oversight of numerous home repairs and reconstruction as well as his willingness to spearhead the MDS investment in West Virginia, has made a tremendous impact in the State’s recovery. The award is named for the late board member and champion of the WV VOAD mission, Joanne Fleming who passed away in 2017.

Organization of the Year
After the 2016 disaster, one organization was among the first to offer relief to communities. Since then, they have been active in supply distribution, spiritual and emotional care, case management and home repair and reconstruction. Additional funding just received ensures they will be involved in long term recovery another two years. The 2019 Organization of the Year was presented to the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church in recognition of their extraordinary contribution to West Virginia’s disaster recovery.


Partner of the Year
WV VOAD plays a critical role in state disaster response and must have visionaries on board who recognize its value and are willing to help undergird and expand its capacity to meet the demands. Since 2015 the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, through the eyes of Program Director Kim Tieman has filled that role and empowered WV VOAD to grow along with its responsibilities. The 2019 Partner of the Year was presented to Kim and the esteemed Benedum Foundation.


Executive Director Jenny Gannaway remarks, “I’ve said many times that an organization is only as good as those associated with it. Clearly, WV VOAD interacts with great people and organizations. It was an honor to recognize their contributions to disaster recovery with these awards.”

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