Spontaneous Unaffiliated Volunteers

Spontaneous Unaffiliated Volunteer (SUV) refers to individuals who volunteer to assist community members, typically after a large-scale or well-publicized disaster. Because unaffiliated volunteers lack consistent training, and each volunteer’s trustworthiness is unknown, SUV management can be very difficult, and the subject of a large amount of research and practice.[1][2][3]

In many community organizing circles, the term “Community Volunteer” is preferred, emphasizing the community-centric nature of unaffiliated volunteerism.


  1. ^ “Managing Spontaneous Volunteers in Times of Disaster: The Synergy of Structure and Good Intentions”(PDF). Managing Spontaneous Unaffiliated Volunteers. FEMA. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  2. ^“Preventing a Disaster within the Disaster: The Effective Use and Management of Unaffiliated Volunteers” (PDF). Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network. 2002. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  3. ^“Managing Unaffiliated Volunteers in Times of Disaster”. Corporation for National and Community Service. Retrieved 2016-01-23.