Long Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster


The LIVOAD (Long Island Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) is a collaborative effort inclusive of nonprofit, government, and private sector partners, constantly working toward comprehensive preparation and planning. The LIVOAD identifies community-specific concerns, and is addressing these through expert-led coalitions lead by HWCLI. Within an accessible and inclusive environment, we work to address emergent needs and gaps and services in order to build a more resilient Long Island for generations to come. Of paramount importance is being prepared to respond to anticipated and spontaneous large- and small-scale disasters effectively, and working with partner agencies to mitigate the effects of myriad disasters.

Formed by HWCLI in 2001 after the September 11 attacks, the LIVOAD has worked for almost two decades as an umbrella structure for group working on disaster planning and recovery. This broad coalition is a local version the National VOAD which is comprised of disaster health and human service, religious, and government agencies working through Collaboration, Cooperation, Coordination, and Communication (4 C’s) to respond regionally. From guiding Long Islanders to HEAP services in the winter, to facilitating cross-sector, multi-agency response to large-scale disasters, the LIVOAD stands ready to assist Long Islanders with disasters of varying magnitude and scope. Recognizing that disasters come in many forms and sizes, we welcome you to become a member and bring your expertise to help us address the many disasters Long Islanders face. For more information, please contact either Marissa Hiruma (mhiruma@hwcli.com) or Tommi-Grace Melito (tgmelito@hwcli.com).


  • HWCLI formed the Long Island VOAD after the September 11 attacks, and to create a localized plan to help the region recover from the economic and emotional disaster including trauma and grief counseling, job training, and financial support.
  • LIVOAD activated in support of Long Islanders impacted by the 2007-2008 financial disaster.
  • From 2012 to 2018, HWCLI led the Superstorm Sandy Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG). Through the LIVOAD, Long Island’s health and human service sector worked together both in the immediate aftermath of Sandy and in the second wave of response, providing shelter, food, clothing, mental health services, medical care, and financial assistance for utility bills to families in need.
  • In coordination with the Sandy LTRG, HWCLI convened the Unmet Needs Roundtable, which brought together private donors with case workers seeking assistance on behalf of clients who have no other possible sources of help. UNR staff worked collaboratively with utility company customer advocates to ensure continued high-quality service delivery through the adverse aftermath of the storm. The Unmet Needs Roundtable distributed more than $8 million to more than 800 Sandy-impacted households.

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The LIVOAD is led by HWCLI and is comprised of over 100 agencies with expertise in such areas as government affairs, mental health, animal safety, legal advice, policy analysis, feeding, housing, spiritual care, immigrant affairs, environment, and accessibility and special needs.
  • American Red Cross on Long Island

  • Catholic Charities

  • Central Nassau Guidance and Counseling Services

  • FEMA

  • Habitat for Humanity

  • Island Cares

  • Long Island Volunteer Center

  • NYS Department of Homeland Security Nassau County Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

  • National VOAD

  • New York State VOAD

  • The Salvation Army

  • Suffolk County Fire Rescue and Emergency Services (FRES)

  • SPCA (Nassau and Suffolk Counties)

  • Touro Law Center

  • United Way of Long Island

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