Become a Member

 Memberships levels 

  1. Associate member: Not-for-profit organizations, government agencies, colleges, and universities, the private sector, and faith-based organizations.  Eligible to vote and hold elected office.

  2. Affiliate Organization: Any organization with disaster planning and operational responsibilities or capabilities which do not meet the requirements for membership in another category. Eligible to vote and serve on committees.

  3. Affiliate Individual: Any individual with disaster planning and operational responsibilities or capabilities who do not meet the requirements for membership in other classes.  Not eligible to vote. May serve on committees.

In order to complete the membership application, you must pay the yearly membership. Dues paid to VC-VOAD will be used to cover state/national dues, guest speakers, expenses and or 

other administrative costs.

Please make checks payable to:

United Way of Ventura County/VCVOAD

They can be submitted at any meeting
or by mail to :


c/o United Way of Ventura County
Attention: Susan Englund

702 County Square Dr. #100, Ventura, CA 93003

Benefits of Membership

  1. Committees & Task Forces: Members and Partners gather around topical issues and programmatic activities to improve the delivery of services throughout the disaster cycle and to further create a climate for cooperation. The work of the committees and task forces is supported by National VOAD staff and technology tools. 

  2. Federal Advocacy and Liaison Representation: National VOAD staff in Washington, DC work with FEMA, the DHS, Congress, and other federal agencies on issues of concern throughout the disaster cycle. 

  3. Network & Build Relationships: While incorporating National VOAD Four C's, Cooperation, Communication, Coordination, and Collaboration. You have the opportunity to meet and solidify long-lasting connections in the community. 

  4. Boost Disaster Preparedness: being prepared and informed helps you and everyone around you. Joining will help you or your organization mobilized when a disaster strikes. Preparedness mitigates risks, we can't stop disasters but we can be ready for when they strike. 

  5. Share Volunteers & Resources: The intention is there to help the community, but your organization might not be able to reach untapped populations. In joining forces with like-minded organizations, you are expanding your reach and promoting your organization in one.  

  6. Support Our Community: Margaret J. Wheatley explained it best when she wrote: "There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.". We can all work together to ensure our community not only survives but thrives.