The Academy of Leadership Development serves as a primary connection point for students, groups, and community members who want to respond to disasters. We are here to help you connect with resources and think through appropriate responses to help in times of need. Here are several primary ways you can respond:
GIVE - Giving money is one of the best ways you can immediately respond. Support relief agencies that are responding directly to help individuals and communities affected such as these:
LEARN - Follow news coverage and take time to learn what the needs are. Follow social media and stay tuned to reports from the scene. Responders will be quick to share what is needed (and what is not). Don't show up to volunteer uninvited, as your presence may interfere with recovery efforts and distract responders. Once you learn what the needs are, there are several ways you can help:
Hold a collection drive for requested items
Host a fundraiser to support relief efforts & survivors
PREPARE - Do you have a desire to be more hands-on? Consider training to become a disaster response volunteer. Invest in learning valuable skills, knowledge, and protocol so that agencies can deploy you to help when disaster strikes.
PRAY - Lift up the individuals, families, and communities affected in prayer. Pray for God's comfort and mercy, His healing and protection, His relief and restoration. Recovery is often a long-term process and continues long after the media leaves.
Here are several helpful articles:
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Disaster Response Request: Are you eager to get involved in relief efforts? Complete our CONNECT interest form to receive priority updates on response efforts, notifications of opportunities to serve, and training to build your skills as you engage in relief efforts.