Help Others

Mainers help each other. And we support our neighbors near and far, especially when the need is great.

How can you help?

  • Share what you've learned with household members, neighbors, and extended family—talk about how you can help each other.
  • If your office, school, or other place you spend time doesn't have an emergency plan, volunteer to help make one.
  • Take advantage of local volunteer opportunities. You can join a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a County Animal Response Team (CART) and more.
  • Join a not-for-profit or faith-based organization that is active in disasters across the state and beyond (See "Volunteer Opportunities" below).
  • Give cash donations at anytime or disaster relief goods when requested to help disaster survivors in Maine or beyond.

More Information from Maine Prepares:

Volunteer Opportunities

211 Maine
2-1-1 Maine is a comprehensive statewide directory of over 8,000 health and human services available in Maine. During emergencies they can provide information on support services and assist those wanting to make a donation to help those affected.

American Red Cross of Maine
The American Red Cross of Maine is seeking volunteers across the state to fill direct service and support roles in disaster readiness and response, community disaster education, in-home fire safety education and smoke alarm installation, disaster operations team leads and liaisons with local and county emergency management teams. We are also looking for blood drive volunteers and volunteers who wish to support the military and veteran communities.

Maine Disaster Behavioral Health
Maine’s Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team (DBHRT) is a statewide team of trained volunteers who respond locally to disasters and public health emergencies by working within healthcare and school facilities, walking through neighborhoods, providing services to impacted family and friends at local reception centers and FEMA Services Centers.

Maine Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MEVOAD)
Members of the Maine VOAD form a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters as part of their overall mission.

National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization that serves as the forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle — preparation, response, recovery and mitigation — to help disaster survivors and their communities.

VolunteerMaine, an initiative of the Maine Commission for Community Service, links agencies in Maine looking for volunteers with people in Maine interested in volunteering. After disasters, a link is provided to donate cash, goods and services to support those affected.