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Emergency Volunteers

Volunteer opportunities abound in Broward County, and at no time is the need for volunteers greater than during a recovery from a hurricane or other emergency. These efforts are coordinated through Emergency Support Function #15 (ESF15), Volunteers and Donated Goods, one of many mechanisms in place that organizes and provides assistance to the Broward Emergency Response Team (BERT) during times of disaster. ESF15 coordinates and facilitates the most effective and efficient use of affiliated and spontaneous volunteers, monetary donations, and goods during all phases of disaster management. Broward County Emergency Management Division encourages residents who are interested in becoming a volunteer in the aftermath of a storm or other emergency, to contact one of these County emergency response partners.

211 Broward logoThe mission of 2-1-1 Broward is to provide 24-hour comprehensive helpline and support services for individuals in our community seeking crisis intervention assistance and/or information and referrals to health and human services in Broward County. For more information, contact Louisa Morris at 954-390-0493.

Aging and Disability Resource Center logoThe Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC), a nonprofit organization serving senior residents age 60 or older, is a one-stop source of information regarding services in Broward County for seniors, persons with severe and persistent mental illness, their families and caregivers. ADRC plans, develops, coordinates, and evaluates programs, funds services, and is the prime advocate for senior residents of Broward County. There are currently over 339,317 year-round Broward seniors. For more information, call the ADRC Helpline at 954-745-9779.


American Red Cross The American Red Cross South Florida Region​ provides food and shelter in emergencies, assist members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families, teach lifesaving skills, and more. All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by volunteers and donations of time and money from the public. 

The Red Cross is always looking for people with various backgrounds, talents and skill levels. Call the Broward County Chapter at 954-797-3800.

Center for Independent Living BrowardThe mission of the Center for Independent Living Broward is to offer assistance to people with disabilities in fulfilling goals of independence and self-sufficiency. The Center helps with employment, independent living skills, assistive technology, and housing. Volunteers will be asked to provide many services to persons with disabilities before, during and after a storm, including outreach, needs assessment, establishing registries for volunteers and consumers, contacting individuals before and after the storm, helping prepare individual's homes for a storm, gathering and delivering hurricane supplies, and storm restoration. To volunteer, call 954-722-6400, TTY: 954-735-0963.

Citizen Corps LogoCitizen Corps is the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grassroots strategy to bring together government and community leaders to involve citizens in all-hazards emergency preparedness and resilience. Broward County’s Emergency Management Division serves as the host agency for the Council and closely collaborates on projects with all Citizen Corps programs. Through mutual partnerships, everyone can do something to help make our families and our communities safer.


Life Net 4 logo LifeNet4Families is Broward County’s largest community-based food pantry and is designed to meet the needs of families and individuals who have fallen into economic hardship, including the homeless, nearly homeless, those with disabilities, the elderly, and persons with mental illness. Among the many services offered by LifeNet4Families is a Community Kitchen serving 400-600 meals a day, an Emergency Food Pantry helping up to 4,000 low-income families monthly; and Disaster Assistance. Volunteers are invaluable to LifeNet4Families. Without volunteer help, LifeNet4Families can’t provide services to the thousands of residents of Broward County that it currently serves. For more information, call 954-792-2328 or email:​.

Crisis Housing LogoCrisis Housing Solutions provides temporary and permanent housing solutions for those made homeless by natural, manmade or economic disasters. The ultimate goal is to return these families to a sustainable situation and to self-sufficiency. Crisis Housing Solutions spearheads community-wide collaborative efforts to not only shelter these families, but also provide the other necessities of food and clothing, as well as job counseling, mental health counseling and the like. For more information, call 954-587-0160 or email:

Skywarn logoSKYWARN is a nationwide volunteer network of weather spotters who report observations of significant weather and resulting damage from severe weather events to the National Weather Service. The National Weather Service then sends alerts to the public through television, radio, marine and weather radios, public safety agencies and other information sources. Since the National Weather Service instituted the SKYWARN program, there has been a significant decrease in deaths due to tornadoes and other severe weather. SKYWARN offers free training classes to interested volunteers, who include amateur radio operators, Red Cross volunteers, firefighters, students and others who want to serve. For more information, send an email

United Way of Broward CountyUnited Way of Broward County is a volunteer driven, community-based, nonprofit organization with a mission to improve the lives of individuals and families in Broward County. United Way of Broward County unites the resources of donors, volunteers and agencies to identify and target the community’s most pressing needs and create measurable results that have the greatest impact. This organization brings together people from all across the community – people from government, business, labor, faith groups, nonprofits, academic institutions, and residents – to tackle the issues that matter most. For more information call 954-462-4850.

Hands On Broward (formerly Volunteer Broward) provides a central focus for the development, growth and coordination of volunteer activities and services within Broward County and promotes involvement from all and for all segments of the community in relation to volunteerism. This organization connects people who want to help with volunteer opportunities that make a difference in the community. Volunteer Broward refers individuals and groups to over 600 nonprofit organizations in Broward County. The need for volunteers is constant, and there are thousands of volunteer opportunities to choose from. Call 954-233-1300 or send an email to​ to participate in a new volunteer orientation.

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