What a day!

New Jersey Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, in partnership with the New Jersey Governor’s Office of Volunteerism, hosted its statewide conference, The Power of Community: Sparking Innovation, on Thursday, April 11, 2024.

This in-person conference brought together over 400 participants from across our region to learn, network and share best practices in community resilience and volunteerism.  Check out some of the presentations and resources presented at the conference below.

A Consultant’s Tale: Leveraging your Company's Resources Through a Nonprofit Lens
Building and Sustaining a Multi-Track Neighborhood Focused Volunteering Organization – Sewa International – A Case Study "Together We Serve Better"

Rajesh Sharma, Leena Nair


Sewa Intl Case Study – Together We Serve Better_presentation slides

MP4 Slide Show of the presentation

Twitter: @JerseySewa

Facebook: @JerseySewa

Instagram: sewainternationalcentraljersey


Using a POETE Process to Solve Problems in Disasters and Beyond

Michael Prasad


POETE Process_presentation slides

More information about the pediatric feeding project mentioned: https://domesticpreparedness.com/articles/challenges-with-pediatric-mass-care-feeding

More information about upcoming “Emergency Management Threats and Hazards: Water” book, coming out later this year: https://bit.ly/em_water


Thank You to Our Attendees!

Great networking, rewarding conversations, and hundreds of donations.  It wouldn’t have been the same without you!

Thanks to Our Keynote Speakers!



Marcus T. Coleman Jr.

Director of DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Marcus Coleman serves as the Director for the Department of Homeland Security Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (DHS Partnerships Center). As the Director of the DHS Partnerships Center, Marcus leads a team focused on building partnerships alongside others at FEMA and DHS to advance equity in emergency management and strengthen climate resilience, improving the safety and security of the places where people worship, fellowship and serve, and provides technical assistance to emergency managers, first responders and national security professionals on engaging faith-based and community organizations across DHS.

Marcus is an alum of Howard University, American University, Harvard University National Preparedness Leadership Initiative and the Obama for America Campaign. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Marcus has served at the intersection of building public private partnerships with faith-based and non-profit organizations for more than 15 years.

Alexander J. Diaz

Head of AI for Social Good, Google.org

Alexander J. Diaz leads the AI for Social Good team at Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm. Through this role, Alex manages Google’s philanthropic efforts to empower nonprofits to develop and deploy high-impact AI applications that address critical global challenges and ensure the benefits of AI reach marginalized populations. He also manages Google’s efforts in response to global crises, such as natural disasters and public health emergencies, providing innovative nonprofits on the frontlines with funding and volunteers to help communities better prepare, respond, and recover from crises.

As a Rhodes Scholar, Alex received a Master’s of Public Policy and a Master’s of Financial Economics at the University of Oxford. Alex graduated from Harvard College Phi Beta Kappa with highest honors in psychology. Alex has been named to Forbes’ List of 30 Under 30 for Law & Policy. The son of Dominican and Cuban immigrants, Alex was raised in Union City, NJ.


Fireside Chat

Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Thanks to Our Exhibitors!