There is hope in every storm.

We are highly regarded for our scalable distribution model, Disaster Services teams, six international warehouses and a Mobile Command Center. Consistently, we are among the first to respond to disasters throughout the world. We have helped millions of people in the aftermath of disasters by working with and through churches, businesses, government agencies and other nonprofits.

Why Respond?

In 1998, we responded to our first disaster — flooding in Del Rio, Texas, after Tropical Storm Charley. Since then, we have responded to hurricanes, typhoons, ice storms, earthquakes, tornadoes, wildfires and floods in the United States and throughout the world. Our goal? To give people help and hope in times of great need. Already, we’ve responded to more than 225 disasters and have had the opportunity to bring food, water, ice, emergency supplies and long-term solutions to families reeling from tragedy.

Our Impact

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    234

    International and domestic disaster responses.
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    2,117

    Tractor trailers of food and relief supplies distributed to people facing disaster.
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    Total volunteer hours.
  • 37,548

    Disaster response volunteers.
  • 1,516

    Local church and organization partners.

Our Approach

  • Monitoring

    Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Response Teams constantly monitor developing weather situations, earthquake activity, wildfires and other forms of natural disasters from the team’s Operations Center at our World-Distribution Center in Springfield, Mo. By staying up to date on potential situations we are able to deploy assessment teams and supplies immediately.

  • Assessment

    Our Disaster Response Team consistently sends assessment teams to the field to gauge our level of response. In many instances our teams are on the ground even before a storm passes. Our assessment teams gather critical information and report that back to our Operations Center where the scope of our response is determined.

  • Response

    Disaster response efforts vary depending on the nature of a disaster but typically consist of rotating response teams in the field and the shipment of loads of disaster relief supplies from our World-Distribution Center. Teams in the field distribute relief supplies to storm survivors, coordinate volunteers and assist in cleanup efforts. Coordination with local, state and federal officials is also an essential part of our disaster response work.

  • Recovery

    Long after the media’s spotlight has lifted from a disaster area we continue our work for months, sometimes even years. Our goal is not only to be one of the first organizations to respond to a disaster, but also one of the last to leave. In doing so, we bring immediate and long-term relief to those who are suffering.

Experts in the field

Nick Wiersma

Volunteer Services Director - Disaster Response

Nick Wiersma has been on the front lines of numerous disaster responses in places such as: Haiti, Chile, New York, Japan, Oklahoma and the Philippines. He’s clocked countless hours helping others in their time of need yet he’s quick to credit his colleagues and volunteers for their support and dedicated teamwork.

Project Spotlight

Joplin Homes

Rebuilding smarter and stronger.

In 2011, we broke ground on the first of 13 disaster-resistant and energy-efficient homes for survivors of the May 2011 EF-5 tornado that left a mile-wide swath through Joplin, Mo. In 2014, another family will have the peace of mind of owning a brand-new, energy-efficient home that is disaster resistant.

Our response to the Philippines

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Tornado strikes northern Illinois; Disaster Services team en route

10:39:42 PM

Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team will be in Rochelle in the early morning hours ready to start processing local volunteers. They will be taking debris removal supplies and gear to help coordinate volunteer efforts in the areas affected by the storm.

12:17:44 PM

Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services has a team en route to northern Illinois where a strong tornado destroyed dozens of homes. The team will connect with local contacts to see if Convoy of Hope can be of any help to survivors of the storm. The tornado, with 150 mph winds, hit the tiny town of Fairdale, Ill., wiping some homes off their foundations. Media reports say that 11 people have been hospitalized.

As tornado season nears its peak in the U.S., the Disaster Services team continues to closely monitor storm development and implement response plans when warranted. Updates on the situation in Illinois will be posted here as information from the team becomes available.

 

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The Framework of Compassion: Partnership

“Together everyone achieves more” is a phrase that resounds in elementary schools everywhere. There is a lot of truth to this saying.

At Convoy of Hope, we learned a long time ago that if we want to see change in the world we need great friends with similar values.

For us, partnership happens on two levels. We partner with incredible organizations, so in turn we can partner with the communities we serve.

Without our partners and people like you, we would be limited in our ability to spread hope, but together we can help so many. That’s why partnership is an integral part of our compassion framework.

To celebrate the seventh week of our framework of compassion series, we encourage you to reflect on the partnerships in your life and think about how you can work with others to build a better world.

Check out some of our amazing partners — both big and small:

National Breast Cancer Foundation

Feed My Starving Children

Plum Organics

TOMS Shoes

Take Heart Apparel

Give Perf

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The Framework of Compassion: Unity

Without different colors how amazing could a sunset really be? With just one note would your favorite song sound so sweet?

It’s differences and variations coming together that lead to the wonderful things in our lives. Like the many notes in a song, or a palette of colors in the sky. We believe building bridges across our differences allows us to unite as a force for good, and create amazing things in our world.

As Mother Teresa said, “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”

This week, as part of our framework of compassion series we want you to think about the importance of unity in your life. By doing so, who knows what kind of great things you could be a part of?

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World Water Day: It Filters Down to Education

In a Latin American classroom, a bright young girl listens intently as her teacher talks about safe water storage and hygiene. She is focused and excited because she knows this information will change her life.

At Convoy of Hope, we know it is education that creates sustainable change, not simply a new water filter.

“We are able to impact so many more people at a higher level with education, as opposed to simply putting a filter in people’s hands,” says Kevin Rose, senior director of International Program Operations.

“Education changes the way they collect and use water every day of their lives.”

To create lifelong habits, we combine the efforts of our Children’s Feeding Initiatives in schools with hygiene education programs to ensure the children get healthy and stay healthy. We ensure that those we serve have the potential to improve their own lives and change their communities.

This World Water Day, take a few minutes to educate yourself on water insecurity around the world, and consider what you can do to make pure, clean water available to others.

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