World Cares Center's November Newsletter

Dear Friend,

This fall has been a busy one at World Cares Center (WCC). Please help us welcome and congratulate Dean B. Angelakos, Executive Director, Greater New York LECET, as he joins our WCC's Board of Directors.

The first Collaborative Disaster Volunteer Credential Advisory Board has been meeting once a month to review our three tiered credential to ensure that disaster volunteers and member organizations can be trained on a common platform, ensuring we can all response effectively together in preparation for and response to disasters. Membership is open to all that wish to participate. You can learn more about the initiative here.

World Cares Centers technical team is simultaneously developing our newest enterprise to house our knowledge and communication center. This state of the art platform offers a free training, the ability to form and function within groups, communicate and use a tool kit specifically designed to support grassroots community organizing in disaster response. This portal is a game changer for all that access the training, the tools and the community. The portal will launch in the first quarter of 2021 and is free to voluntary organizations and their volunteers, thanks to the generous support of Con Edison, Rutgers University, Atlantic COHST, TD Bank, and numerous individual funders. 

In response to the  catastrophic destruction left by Hurricane Ian and Fiona WCC has been supporting our partners in Florida and Puerto Rico. Stay tuned for updates from the field as we deploy to be a part of organizing a collaborative response that ensures surviving homeowners who are taking charge of their recovery and disaster volunteers are trained and provided with proper PPE and supplies.

We continue to support Ukraine as our Medical and Resiliency team prepares for a spring deployment with generous support from the DRI Foundation. WCC is excited to work with Ukraine Colleges and their students to expand our programs within the country and support a team of Ready Responders. Monthly Roundtables bringing together service providers wishing to work in partnership with their peers and connects them to resources including WCC Ukraine Healing Journals for Children and Guidebooks for Caregivers and Parents.

As we near giving Tuesday we urge you to consider supporting World Cares Center. You can make a donation here.

Please continue reading below for more information on our daily training and programming and do not hesitate to connect with us.


Be Safe!

Disaster Response

Ukraine Medical and Resiliency

     Collaborative Credential 

We realize that you have many great causes asking for your support. We are forever grateful that you choose to continue to be a part of the World Cares Center family, training and protecting Ready Responders and helping survivors emerge resilient and able to help their own community recover. 


Founder, Lisa Orloff joins the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Urban Flooding and the Health Risks to Recovery Workers

Date Time: Nov 14, 2022 14:00 Eastern Time

Topic: NIEHS Webinar: Urban Flooding and the Health Risks to Recovery Workers

As climate change continues to increase the frequency and intensity of severe storms the threat of flooding, and corresponding hazards grow. In urban areas where there are increasing impervious surfaces and storm water systems designed for less severe storms, heavy rainfall can quickly overwhelm such infrastructure, and result in rapid urban flooding. Projections show more severe storms, increasing the frequency of flooding in the urban environment resulting in a greater need for clean-up workers. The NIEHS National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training explored the unique features of the urban environment and its potential to impact the health of workers, including residents, performing recovery activities following urban flooding.

This webinar will:

• Explain how climate change and urbanization will continue to increase the chances of flooding in the built environment

• Summarize the findings of the NIEHS Worker Training Program (WTP) Urban Flooding and Worker Health Effects report:

- Assess unique hazards of working in urban settings in a post-flood recovery timeframe

- Discuss the training needs of workers performing recovery clean-up activities

• Discuss how urban flooding exacerbates social, economic, health, and environmental disparities

• Describe what the Clearinghouse has accomplished on urban flooding

Board Highlight!

Help us welcome our newest Board Member!

Dean B. Angelakos


We are pleased to announce the addition of Dean B. Angelakos, Executive Director, Greater New York LECET (Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust) as our newest member on our Board of Directors.

Dean has been a long-time supporter of World Cares Center helping to launch our first program, the September Space 9-11 healing community center for 9/11 rescue workers and volunteers. We are honored to have Dean join our Board and help us expand our mission to honor and protect Ready Responders. Welcome Dean!

Thank you! 



Thank you to everyone who made our Stars Under the Stars fundraiser a huge success!  

We gathered at Fornino at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 6, where we had a stunning view of lower Manhattan. Master Chef Michael Ayoub provided a lavish buffet, much to the delight of all in attendance who came out to honor the WCC Ukraine Medical Team, Patricia Alfieri and Sarah Wells, and The Disaster Volunteer Credential Advisory Board.  


Thank you to our generous sponsors, including Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Sugar in the Raw, Barasch and McGarry, Davis Brody Bond, Berkowitz, Trager & Trager, LLC, the Brooklyn Brewery and of course Fornino!

If you were unable to attend but would still like to support our mission, including the training and protection of disaster volunteers, our work in Irma stricken communities in Florida and our Ukraine Resiliency work please click the link below to donate. 


Ready Responders Roundtable 

Thursday, November 3: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

The Holiday Season is when we all want to give back. From playing Santa to helping in a Food Pantry or Delivering Cares and Cheer to those less fortunate. In this session we will be discussing safety measures for volunteers and volunteer teams. Topics include:

· Assessing the Right Role

· Promoting Physical Safety

· Applying Infectious Disease Safety

· Building Emotional Resiliency


Lunch & Learn 

Collaborative Disaster Credential 5 of 6

Tuesday, November 15

  Noon – 2:00 PM 

  • Review 
  • Introduction to Flood Response 
  • Food Distribution Safety 

Be the first to get your Collaborative Disaster Volunteer Credential!

This first truly collaborative disaster volunteer credential is created by the organizations that will use it to keep their volunteers safe and updated as to the skills they need to volunteer effectively in disaster response. 

This is the fifth of six 2-hour classes.

Upon completion and a passing grade, participants will receive their Disaster Volunteer Level 1 Credential. 


The First Collaborative Disaster Volunteer Credential 

We are excited to announce the launch of the first Collaborative Disaster Volunteer Credential Initiative. 

In the first quarter of 2023 World Cares Center will launch the newly developed knowledge and communication center to include the credentialing program for staff and volunteers. The program is free of charge and open to everyone.

If you are interested in becoming an advisory board member or having your team trained, please click here 

Ukraine Resiliency Initiative Continues

World Cares Center's Medical & Resiliency Team will deploy in Spring '23 to deliver medical care with in refugee camps and conduct healing art workshops for children to help child survivors and their families manage their trauma and grief.

Donations are needed to cover volunteer travel, medication, and equipment. You can help hundreds of survivors with your generosity.

World Cares Center is continuously updating our Disaster Volunteerism Academy learning management portal, which includes over 35 training courses on various disaster readiness, preparedness, and response topics. See our new En Español & En Française Training
Disaster Volunteerism Academy