LINCC corrals charity disaster efforts, volunteer opportunities in one place

Mar 18, 2016

A division of the Community Foundation of North Louisiana, LINCC, is working to coordinate information on what relief organizations and churches are doing to respond to the historic floods and how volunteers can help.

A volunteer with the Christian disaster relief organization Samaritan's Purse helps gut a home in Haughton, La.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

The organizations are coordinating their response through VOAD. It stands for Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. The Community Foundation’s community information manager Susan Campbell is community information manager says after attending disaster response meetings during the day she updates the LINCC site at night with the latest information for floods victims and volunteers.

“What the community is seeing is a coordinated effort to disaster recovery. When we have a national organization such as Samaritan’s Purse coming in to our community they have connected with our VOAD organization and they are going to be working with the other nonprofits that are doing cleanup in our community,” Campbell said.

Campbell has worked closely with the National Center for Charitable Statistics to optimize the LINCC site to respond to this historic flood. She says the disaster relief organizations coming into the region are well-versed in how to help people get their lives back on track. She urges people to find a volunteer outlet this weekend.

“If you are not able to help with the disaster response to cleaning, you may be able to help sort food. If you are unable to sort food, the American Red Cross needs people to answer the phone. There really is a volunteer opportunity for everyone,” Campbell said.

The clearinghouse for the community response is at lincc.us.