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Membership Criteria

Riverside County VOAD supports the coordination of planning efforts by voluntary organizations responding to disaster. Member organizations provide more effective and less duplicative service by getting together before disasters strike. Once disasters occur, Riverside County VOAD encourages members and other voluntary agencies to convene on site. This cooperative effort has proven to be the most effective way for a wide variety of volunteers and organizations to work together in a crisis.


Members include representatives of organizations that are members of National VOAD; other local, regional, and state voluntary organizations; local government agencies; and other interagency disaster collaborative groups. An organization will be defined as one Member irrespective of multiple agency representation within Riverside County. The membership of Riverside County VOAD is comprised of two tiers of membership as set forth in the following paragraphs:

    1. Full members: Full members are organizations that are nonprofit and tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. They have a disaster response program and policy for commitment of resources (i.e., personnel, funds, and equipment) to meet the needs of people anywhere in Riverside County affected by disaster, without discrimination as to race, creed, gender, or age.
    2. Affiliate members: Affiliate Membership may be granted to any organization or business within Riverside County, California (including government agencies or nonprofit organizations that are not 501(c)(3) exempt) with disaster planning and operations responsibilities or capabilities, but do not meet the requirements for full membership.

Membership Term: The term of agency membership shall be perpetual, except as set forth in the following paragraph.

Membership Application Procedures
    1. Organizations requesting membership will apply by letter and application to the Membership Committee, care of the Secretary (see Executive Committee roster) describing their intended commitment to the Riverside County VOAD. Candidate organizations are encouraged to attend Riverside County VOAD meetings during the pendency of their application.
    2. The Riverside County VOAD Membership Committee will determine category eligibility of the candidate organization using the Riverside County VOAD bylaws and present the application for discussion at the next business meeting.
    3. The Riverside County VOAD Members will vote after the application is presented and discussed to extend or deny an offer of membership to the candidate organization.