The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is the global humanitarian organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Founded in 1956 as the Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Service and renamed ADRA in 1984, the agency has a long and successful history of providing humanitarian relief and implementing development initiatives.
Through an international network, ADRA delivers relief and development assistance to individuals in more than 118 countries—regardless of their ethnicity, political affiliation, or religious association. By partnering with communities, organizations, and governments, ADRA is able to improve the quality of life of millions.
In 2015 ADRA’s program expenses totaled $190 million—made possible through private contributions from private individuals like you, corporations, foundations, and other entities. We also obtain funding and commodities from governmental and intergovernmental organizations, such as USAID and the United Nations.
ADRA does not proselytize. God’s love in ADRA’s programs is expressed when it reaches out to those in need regardless of race, gender, and political, or religious affiliation. We work in harmony with a broad array of cultures, traditions, and people of non-Christian faith, respecting the human dignity of all. The positive impact of ADRA’s contribution globally validates our heritage and belief in benevolent giving, as well as introduces the Adventist name to communities.
We receive a large number of requests from university students to participate in interviews, surveys, or research projects. While we will assist with these requests when we can, our staff are very busy and cannot accommodate all requests. ADRA has offices in more than 118 countries, so in some cases it might be more appropriate or useful to contact your local ADRA office.
We have a worldwide infrastructure in more than 118 countries that enables the agency to pre-position and store aid, such as food, medicine, equipment, emergency supplies, etc. Depending on the type of program and needs, ADRA uses a wide variety of transportation methods to get aid to our beneficiaries— a boat, a truck, a train, a solar-powered refrigerator in a local clinic, mobile units, and even volunteers on foot.
As the international headquarters for the ADRA network, ADRA’s office in the US supports projects managed by national offices, but does not operate projects in the United States. We have a close partnership with Adventist Community Services (ACS), local organizations, and other trusted partners that enables us to provide assistance at the request of our partners to those who have been affected when a disaster strikes within our borders.
ADRA cannot provide financial assistance to individuals. ADRA works directly with communities through projects implemented by our national offices. If you are experiencing difficulties and need assistance, we suggest you contact your local ADRA office to enquire if there are any programs that can help you.
ADRA is not a foundation, and as such does not make donations or grants.
ADRA receives a large number of product and service enquiries and unfortunately, we don’t have the capacity to respond to or consider every unsolicited enquiry.
ADRA Connections is our short-term volunteer program that allows you to get hands-on with ADRA projects around the world.
For longer-term support, we rely on the service and skills of local volunteers to implement our programs. Volunteering is coordinated through the national offices where the volunteer would be placed. Please contact that office directly.
Visit our careers page to view current job openings and to apply for open positions. Unfortunately, applications and resumes sent via email will not be considered.