FEMA Adds New Benefits, Eases Application

January 25, 2024-FEMA has updated the Individual Assistance to Survivors program, streamlining the application process, providing cash quicker, and adding new benefits. details at

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January 9, 2024 Three new Directors (board members) have been elected by the membership for three-year terms at the Annual Meeting: Laura Block, Jesse Boeckermann, and Ilham Thurston.

During a board meeting subsequent to the Annual Meeting, officers were elected:

  • President: Kristy Kulberg
  • Vice-President: Tom Beam
  • Secretary: Jesse Boeckermann
  • Treasurer: Laura Block

The Director and Officer contact information and bios are available here.

The NCVOAD DEI Committee invites our members to attend our community events.  It’s been my passion to do everything possible to get resources and information to folk in ENC before the storm.  The theme is “Getting Ahead of the Storm.”  

This year has witnessed two (2) round-table discussions “Who’s at the Table” format. The Committee is now going into communities of need to share resources and distribute information.  The public is welcome to attend.   

If anyone wants to take part in our vendor process, they must contact me immediately via email- roland@cta-us.com for the Lenoir County and Rev. Pearson-  jpearson001@ec.rr.com for New Hanover and Pender Counties.  Space is limited and we cannot guarantee availability. 

The county, location, dates, times are

1.      Lenoir County

St. James AME Church (See Flyer)

September 17, 2022

11am to 1pm

2.      New Hanover County

St. Stephens AME Church (Flyer coming)

September 24, 2022

11am to 1pm

3.      Pender County


October 1, 2022

11am to 1pm

Thank you

Rev. Roland Whitley Jr.

NCVOAD and VolunteerNC are thrilled to invite you to our platform for disaster response and recovery in North Carolina. This resource matching platform will allow you to post your needs and offers and will automatically make a match if one is available.

To get started, go to  https://volunteernc.app.needslist.co/issues/NC_Resiliency and click on “Sign up.” After you’ve answered some questions, one of our admins will approve your organization and you can start posting.

If you have any trouble, you can visit the Help section or let me know.

Thank you!

Luz Sanabria-Reyes

Disaster Services Manager



(VolunteerNC is an operation of the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service.)

National VOAD has produced “50 years of Communication, Collaboration, Cooperation, and Coordination,” a brief history of the organization.

May 4, 2021-Onslow County Emergency Management sent this message to NC Emergency Management Regional Coordination Center East for delivery to NC Emergency Management Headquarters.

Can you pass up to the Raleigh leads that we have sincerely appreciated Team Rubicon’s assistance over the last year and most specifically for me, over the last 4 months of vaccine clinic? While we had one small issue, Shari stepped in and helped me get in contact with who I needed to in an attempt to quickly resolve the issue. Shari and her people were always very responsive and kept me informed as to what staffing level they were able to provide. Their assistance made it possible for us to keep our clinic flow moving and help our most vulnerable populations more efficiently. Shari has been a wonderful ambassador for Team Rubicon as have many of her team members. They were always quick to offer assistance if they saw a need and never hesitated to ask how they could help. I personally was able to work at least 2 different members who really stepped in and helped out when a need arose.

Please let Raleigh know how much we appreciate that resource assistance.

Stacie A. Miles, MPA

Deputy Director

Onslow County Emergency Services

Two years ago with recovery from Hurricane Florence–a “storm of record”–underway, FEMA issued this statement about the importance of volunteers in a prompt and successful recovery. North Carolina VOAD is proud to be recognized as the center for volunteer opportunities for disaster recovery.

Following is an extract from the Daily SERT Leader COVID-19/Preparedness/Recovery Update 4-20-2021 sent by Mike Sprayberry, Executive Director, North Carolina Emergency Management.

April 18-24 is National Volunteer Week and NC Emergency Management wants to give a shout out to the many volunteers across North Carolina that are essential to the state. We are especially grateful for the North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (ncvoad.org) for their tireless efforts when it comes to responding to a disaster and helping those in need to recover. Whether it is providing food, clothing, housing repairs or rebuilds, you are making a tremendous difference in people’s lives.