May 2023 Newsletter Now Available

The May edition of the Maryland VOAD Newsletter is now available. Find it here and sign up to receive additional newsletters each month to your inbox.

If you have information or pictures to include in future issues, please send them to by the 15th of each month to be included.

SAVE THE DATE – 2024 National VOAD Conference

May 6-9, 2024 – Phoenix, Arizona

Please click here for more information and to register.

Consider joining us at our Annual Meeting!

DATE: Monday, June 12, 2023

TIME: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

LOCATION: In-person or virtual

Baltimore–Washington Conference, UMC
11711 E. Marker Please, Fulton, MD 20759

Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 867 205 1054
Passcode: 727250
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It is said that during a disaster is not a good place to be exchanging business cards. Maryland VOAD is a great way to build relationships amongst those involved in disaster work. From first responders, through to long term recovery.

HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response, does not self-deploy. They believe that “If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem”.

If pet therapy work is “predictable”, and “repetitive”, crisis response work is non-predictable, and non-repetitive. From floods, to school suicides, to building collapses, etc.

If you want to get involved in this type of human/dog community service, and/or if your organization can offer beneficial disaster emotional support, please contact Burton Goldstein, Chair of Maryland VOAD Emotional and Spiritual Care Task Force.

(Community Organizations Active in Disasters)

Interested in adding your resources or services to those impacted by a disaster in Frederick County?

You can coordinate your assistance for those affected by local disasters by joining the Frederick Co COAD. COAD is a gathering of independent organizations, businesses and agencies who communicate needs and coordinate resources to ensure that the holistic needs of people displaced or impacted by a disaster are met.

Contact Dennis Dudley,, to receive meeting invites, training opportunities and disaster updates.