It is with the service of thousands of volunteers that hope continues to be borne out of the chaos of disasters. PDA is thankful to be part of a ministry with so many individuals and groups involved in serving.
Volunteers serve with PDA in a variety of capacities and commitment levels. Learn about various ways to volunteer with PDA, the commitment requirements, and how you can get involved.
Congregations can be a part of helping PDA in U.S. disaster response by offering their facilities as a Presbyterian Volunteer Village or volunteer hosting site. Presbyterian Volunteer Villages are guided by a spirit of Christ-like cooperation among congregations, mid-councils, partners, the Presbyterian Mission Agency, and volunteer work teams.
Another way congregations can help is by serving as a way station or wayside – a place where volunteer work teams can stop a rest while they travel to or from a Presbyterian Volunteer Village.
If your church is willing to serve in either of these capacities, please contact the PDA Call Center or call (866) 732-6121.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and Presbyterian Women (PW) are working together to help congregations and mid-council be prepared for responding to disasters within their community by training PWs to become Disaster Preparedness Trainers within their presbytery.
Learn more about the PDA/PW collaboration and how to apply.
Work teams or groups of volunteers (3+) help families and communities in the U.S. as they clean up and rebuild following a disaster. Skilled labor, willing hands, and listening hearts are needed.
- Where are teams needed? Find out on the national disaster responses map or the list of locations.
- Get resources and planning information for your team.
- Locate way station or wayside congregations where your team can stop en route to their work site.
NRT members represent PDA and the PC(USA) in the field following a national disaster. They provide support to presbyteries and synods as they assess the impact of the disaster on the church and community.
National Volunteers have experience in long-term recovery, volunteer management and disaster recovery organizing. Those with specific disaster-related expertise may be asked to represent PDA at meetings in their area of expertise.
Learn more about the NRT and NVT and how to apply.
PDA does not promote volunteers serving in international disaster situations. Relief work is a profession that demands highly trained and experienced individuals who can work effectively in exceptionally difficult conditions for long periods of time. If however, feel you possess the skills required to be of help, we encourage you to visit the USAID Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) web site and register your interest.
- Sometimes during a specific disaster response, volunteers with special skills are needed. Follow PDACares on facebook, receive Rapid Information Network emails, or keep an eye on this section of the web site to learn of specific needs.
- PDA Advisory Committee: PDA is guided in its policy making, strategic planning, and program development by an advisory committee. Learn more about the requirements and how to apply.
- The Young Adult Volunteer site in Little Rock, Arkansas, includes the opportunity to work with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. Learn more about the year-long YAV mission program. Read a Story of Hope from a 2014-2015 YAV.