Since 2013 the Sonoma Community Center has been designated as the Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) component for the City of Sonoma’s Emergency Plan.
The EVC provides a specific location where disaster volunteers can efficiently and effectively be deployed. In large-scale disasters, the EVC can be set up as a “walk in center”. In smaller disasters, the EVC can operate as a phone bank, a web-based processing center, or a combination of these scenarios. Whether it’s a large or small scale disaster there are many first-time volunteers who bring a wide range of skills and professional training — which are often in short supply after a disaster or emergency.
When disaster strikes, Sonoma Community Center staff and volunteers from their Emergency Volunteer Corps, are tasked with managing these volunteers at the Emergency Volunteer Center. The purpose of the EVC is to mobilize community volunteers by matching them with volunteer opportunities at government agencies and other organizations active in disasters. The EVC registers volunteers and takes requests for volunteers. Volunteers are matched to these requests and referred to where they are needed.