Disaster Relief Volunteer Program

What's an EVC?

An Emergency Volunteer Center is a centralized clearinghouse established to increase the capacity of communities to coordinate spontaneous volunteers during disaster response and recovery activities. United Way Monterey County has been designated by the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services (OES) as the agency responsible for managing Spontaneous Unaffiliated Volunteer (SUV) at an Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) in the event of a disaster. 

What is a Spontaneous Volunteer?

A person who comes forward following a disaster to assist a governmental and non-governmental organization with disaster-related activities without pay or other consideration. By definition, spontaneous volunteers are not initially affiliated with an agency or pre-registered with an accredited disaster council. Spontaneous volunteers may also be referred to as “unaffiliated” or “convergent” volunteers.

The program is open to all local residents regardless of skills or physical limitations. Children under 18 are eligible when in the company of their parent or guardian. Groups are encourage.

In the event of an emergency, ensure your own safety and do not visit disaster sites. The EVC location will be announced through social media, email, website, and phone calls if possible. 2-1-1 will also have information about the location and volunteer efforts/opportunities.

For questions and more information, please contact Lindsay Peelman.