Disaster and Donations

Role of CaliforniaVolunteers During a Disaster

CaliforniaVolunteers is charged with ensuring the coordination of volunteer activities related to disaster response and recovery, including necessary training, equipment, and transportation provisions. Additionally, CaliforniaVolunteers was charged with coordinating donations in times of disaster.

In partnership with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and other state and local emergency management organizations, CaliforniaVolunteers works to strengthen the state’s readiness for and ability to respond to large-scale disasters.


Donating During a Disaster

To assist in disaster relief and recovery efforts immediately following a disaster, CaliforniaVolunteers will set up a monetary donations webpage. You will have the opportunity to donate to various grantmaking and 501(C)(3) organizations that actively accept donations during and following a disaster.

During a disaster, all donation information posted about grantmaking and 501(C)(3) organizations is provided for information purposes only. It does not constitute a request by the State of California, or the Governor for donations to any particular organization.

CaliforniaVolunteers strongly encourages potential volunteers or donors to investigate unfamiliar organizations before donating money, goods or services.

If you are a company or an organization with access to large volumes of items and would like to make in-kind donations at any time, please click on the PRODUCT DONATIONS tab on California’s National Donations Management Network portal.


Volunteering During a Disaster

When a major disaster occurs in California, information will be posted on how you can help.

If you are not already trained and pre-registered, but you have special skills that can assist an ongoing relief and recovery operation, contact your local volunteer center. Contact information can be found here.

Be sure to find out where and when you will be needed, how to dress appropriately and what supplies you will need to bring. This may include food, water and personal protective equipment. Keep in mind that during a disaster first responders and disaster relief organizations may be working at capacity and an unexpected arrival of hundreds of volunteers may negatively impact their relief and recovery efforts. During a disaster, do not self-deploy to a disaster site unless specifically requested to do so by a qualified emergency response organization.