General FAQs

  1. What is ADRA International?
    The Adventist Development and Relief Agency International (ADRA) is the worldwide humanitarian aid agency of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Initiated for the specific purposes of individual and community development and international disaster relief, ADRA International fulfills this primary directive of its charter without regard to race, gender, and political or religious affiliation.
  2. Where does ADRA work?
    ADRA has a presence in more than 120 countries. The list of countries where we work reflects ADRA's presence as either an implementer of development projects or an office dedicated to obtaining funding for the implementation of projects.
  3. What does ADRA do?
  4. Why don't I see and/or read more about ADRA in the news?
    ADRA is on TV, in newspapers, and on Web listings. For instance, during the recent tsunami, ADRA received coverage on many of the major networks, even several times. It also is listed in many newspapers, (i.e., USA Today) and on dozens of media and other Web sites. Often the news media will use the blanket terms "aid agencies" or "humanitarian agencies" to cover all the organizations responding. Some identify only those agencies with generic names that describe the work we each do. Also, in today's fast-paced news industry, an agency may be featured for only a few seconds. You can read a sampling of ADRA's presence in the media at "ADRA in the Media". In times of disaster, the list most newspapers publish is compiled and distributed by InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations. ADRA International is a founding member of InterAction and is included on each press list they submit for disasters they are responding to. The list is sent to the Associated Press for distribution to newspapers and other news media. Even though the InterAction list is in alphabetical order, editors often change the order. If ADRA is not listed and it is responding, it is because the media has edited the list.
  5. How can I apply to work for ADRA?
    You can view all ADRA job postings and apply online here.
  6. How can I volunteer with ADRA?
    ADRA, from time to time, designs programs which specifically utilize the service of volunteers. Provision of transportation, housing, and living expense assistance varies with each assignment and are described in the explanation of specific volunteer opportunities. Individuals are asked to volunteer for a minimum period of one year, unless the volunteer program has lesser duration. ADRA believes that a one-year volunteer program maximizes the opportunity for the individual's contributions while minimizing turnaround costs to the ADRA network office.If you are interested, submit your resume here. Individuals selected for volunteer service will be contacted by the ADRA network office where the services are being requested, and all volunteer arrangements will be between that ADRA office and the volunteer.
  7. Why doesn't ADRA proselytize?
    ADRA does not proselytize. It operates and is motivated by love that has no strings attached. God's love in ADRA program activities is expressed when it reaches out to those in need regardless of race, gender, and political, or religious affiliation. ADRA operates in more than 120 countries worldwide and has an established track record of working in harmony with and respecting a broad array of cultures, traditions, and people of non-Christian faith. The positive impact of ADRA's contribution in all these countries validates our heritage and belief in benevolent giving.
  8. How is ADRA International associated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church?
    ADRA is an independent agency established by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The church's involvement in organized humanitarian assistance goes back nearly 80 years. In 1956 the church created the Seventh-day Adventist Welfare Service, Incorporated (SAWS). The name was modified in 1973 to be Seventh-day Adventist World Service, and in 1984 SAWS was reorganized under the current name, Adventist Development and Relief Agency International (ADRA).
  9. What ADRA International materials are available?
    ADRA has many resources available for use in schools, churches, or in your home.