DO NOT ARRIVE AT A DISASTER SITE UNLESS REQUESTED TO DO SO BY A QUALIFIED EMERGENCY RESPONSE ORGANIZATION.
When a disaster is declared in Butte or Glenn Counties Caring Choices is activated by the State to serve as an Emergency Volunteer Center. Our job is to process volunteers looking to help during a disaster. The reason for this is so organizations on the ground responding to a disaster are not flooded with volunteers. This can be detrimental to these organizations and hinder the response and recovery efforts, and can possibly be dangerous for volunteers. Being processed through the EVC ensures volunteers are being placed where they are needed most and where their skills and availability aline. The EVC also screens all volunteers and has documents required by the state for all volunteers assisting in disasters must fill out.
If you are interested in volunteer in Disaster relief efforts, see the steps below:
1. Create a volunteer profile on www.volunteer.caring-choices.org.
2. Once Caring Choices is activated head to our Chico office to fill out a Disaster Service Worker Form, please bring a picture ID with you.
3. Have your picture taken and Interview conducted. You will have your picture taken for your volunteer profile and will be interviewed by a staff member or trained volunteer. This is to find the best placement based on your skills and availability.
4. Receive Volunteer Deployment, you will be assigned an organization to volunteer with and will receive all the information you need to start volunteering!
Thank you for your interest in participating in the time of need. At this time, Volunteer Opportunities will be updated regularly and can be found by searching the Opportunity Calendar as well as the list of Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities. Again, please do not self-deploy to impacted areas without proper instruction; a rogue volunteer puts not only themself in danger but also those around them and jeopardizes the entire response.
If you are not already trained and pre-registered, but you have special skills that can assist the ongoing relief and recovery operation, please register on our site. The Emergency Volunteer Coordinator will be in contact with you. You will be notified when are where you will be needed. Please dress appropriately and bring the necessary supplies, such as food, water, and personal protective equipment you will need. To register and sign up, follow these instructions:
You will be sent an activation email. (please check your spam/junk folder if not there). Follow its instructions.
Wait for contact from the Emergency Volunteer Coordinator and prepare for deployment.
If you are already a member of the Emergency Volunteer Corps, please check your email (if not there, check your spam/junk folder) for a message from the Coordinator.
Please do not donate goods. There is no space to store donated items, and we are not able to manage donations. You can support us through cash donations here.