May | 2024

In This Issue

  • Maryland VOAD: National VOAD Innovation Program of the Year
  • FSKB Collapse - Thank you!
  • 2024 Mid-Atlantic VOAD Conference Review
  • MDEMA Whole Community Integration Summit - June 5, 2024
  • Baltimore City CERT Training - June 8 & 9
  • Maryland VOAD Nominations Committee Update
  • Baltimore County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management ICS Academy
  • MDEMA 2024 Symposium Help Needed
  • T-Mobile Hometown Q2 Grant Application due June 30, 2024
  • Upcoming Events
  • Facebook page

Congratulations Maryland VOAD!!!

National VOAD Innovation Program of the Year

National VOAD awards recognize organizational and individual excellence and contributions that reflect “the best of the best” in service and support within the entire VOAD movement.

The Innovation Award is given to one local, regional, state or territory VOAD or a VOAD member organization in good standing, nominated by their peers, for exceptional innovation or ingenuity through the development and implementation of a program or project that has: provided a long‐term solution to a specific community’s problem utilizing one of the core four C’s of National VOAD; or created a unique project or program that filled a gap or unmet need in a community in preparing for, responding to, and/or recovering from disasters that positively impacted the lives of victims and could be replicated as a model for other communities.

FSKB Response - Thank you!

A note of thanks to Maryland VOAD members and partners that offered support following the collapse of the Key Bridge. Together, we met the needs of seafarers stuck in the port and aided the families of longshoreman unable to work or collect unemployment benefits.

News coverage:

 WJZ Story


Fox 45

Photo: Tasos Katopodis -


The inaugural Conference of Mid-Atlantic VOAD took place April 7-9, 2024, at Camp Cacapon State Park in West Virginia. Individuals representing VOAD members and partners from DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, and WV gathered to share best practices, and to learn about the impacts of climate change from keynote speaker - Chris Gloninger, Senior Climate Scientist at Woods Hole Group for Earth, From Space.

Each day also included great meals, fellowship and musical entertainment. If you missed it - look forward to having you at a future session.

Conference Agenda
Event Photographs

Maryland Department of Emergency Management Announces the

2024 Whole Community Integration Summit

Rooted and Ready: A Whole Community Approach

Thursday, June 5, 2024

8am - 4:30pm

Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel: 903 Dulaney Valley Road (Towson, MD)

Baltimore City CERT Training Baltimore City Office of Emergency Management will provide two-day Community Emergency Response Team Training! Prepare for an exciting journey of hands-on training sessions where you'll discover how to respond with confidence in emergencies.

Get set to boost your skills and knowledge to become a hero in your community when it matters most. Don't let this chance slip away to become an invaluable asset during emergencies. Secure your spot now!

June 8 & 9, 2024

Baltimore Fire Academy,

6720 Pulaski Highway


The membership submitted nominations and a slate of nominees will be submitted to the Maryland VOAD participants by May 26th. Nominations can be made from the floor at the Annual Meeting on June 10th, where voting will take place, and the Maryland VOAD will elect its officers / Board of Directors for the coming year.

If you have questions contact Burton Goldstein, Nominations Committee Chair, at

Baltimore County 2024 ICS Academy

G0402 NIMS for Senior Officials

May 28, 2024

Towson Armory - 307 Washington Ave. - Towson, MD 21204

Register Here

Point of Contact: Jamie M. Spaulding

Training & Exercise Emergency Management Planner

Baltimore County Office of Homeland Security &

Emergency Management

T-Mobile Hometown Q2 Grant Application

T-Mobile is accepting Q2 2024 applications for its Hometown Grants program through which it will invest $25 million in 500 small towns over five years to jumpstart shovel ready projects that foster local connections, like technology upgrades, outdoor spaces, and the arts to build stronger communities.

Elected officials, town managers/employees, tribal leaders, or nonprofit community leaders from small towns with population less than 50,000 can apply.

Applications for Q2 2024 (April 1 – June 30, 2024) will be accepted through July 1, 2024. Create an account and apply here.


Help Needed

One of the goals of Maryland VOAD is to engage with local and state partners to build relationships and raise awareness of what we can do to support in their jurisdiction. One of the ways we can do that is to have a presence at the upcoming Maryland Emergency Management Association Symposium in Ocean City.

 Maryland VOAD will be staffing a table at this event and is looking for members to attend and engage as a representative. Can your organization have someone present for one of these days? Let Pastor Phil know 

2024 Emergency Management & Homeland Security Symposium

Register Today!!!


Conference or Training


Location and Registration


Date varies by location

Central MD American Red Cross Training

Schedule and Registration

May 28, 2024

Baltimore County ICS Academy

G0402 NIMS for Senior Officials

Register Here

May 28 - 31, 2024

MDEMA 2024 Symposium

Ashore Resort & Beach

Ocean City, MD

Registration Is Open!

June 5, 2024

Whole Community Integration Summit (MDEM)

Sheraton Baltimore North (Towson)

Join the Waiting List

June 8 & 9, 2024

Baltimore City OEM CERT Training

Baltimore Fire Academy

6720 Pulaski Highway

Baltimore MD 21257

Details and Registration

June 10, 2024

Maryland VOAD Quarterly Meeting


May 19-22, 2025

2025 National VOAD Conference

The Galt House

Louisville, KY

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