Become A Volunteer

As the State of Texas continues to experience flooding, the situation may not be conducive to volunteers entering impacted areas. Spontaneous or unaffiliated volunteers who self-deploy may create an additional burden on impacted communities (where resources for food and shelter are scarce) as well as put themselves in danger. The State of Texas is asking potential volunteers to register with a voluntary or charitable organization of their choice, many of which are already in Texas supporting survivors on the ground.

No matter your skill set, background, or ability, you can donate your time and make a difference. The only thing needed to become a volunteer is the drive to help people, and the patience to register with volunteer groups. Self deployment can actually hinder operations by adding an unknown factor – you. So we ask you to stay patient and stay committed to finding the perfect opportunity for you to help those that need it.

Below are agencies potentially seeking volunteers in disaster areas and in local communities.

 

Long-Term Recovery Groups:

South East Texas Disaster Recovery Group

SETx DRG’s mission is to strengthen area-wide resiliency and disaster coordination to protect life, property and economic loss due to disasters, by advocating on-going preparedness within communities, coordinating recovery and rebuilding efforts in Southeast Texas. SETx DRG partners and works within 5 Texas counties: Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Newton and Orange.

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Harris County Recovery Network

The Harris County Recovery Network is here to help in the weeks, months and even years beyond the immediate emergency.

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Montgomery County Community Assistance Recovery Efforts and Services (MCCARES)

MCCARES coordinates assistance with mucking and gutting of homes following a disaster, including removing wet sheetrock and insulation, damaged cabinets or furniture.

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Fort Bend Recovers

Fort Bend Recovers (FBR) is the official long-term recovery committee of Fort Bend County. It’s made up of local government agencies, non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, and business partners within the community. FBR is a collaborative network established and maintained on behalf of the individuals, families, businesses, and communities in Fort Bend County to facilitate and implement a coordinated response to disaster recovery needs.

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Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team

Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team is dedicated to helping those who were uninsured or underinsured from natural and man-made disasters in Bastrop County. Donations help these families rebuild their lives, and stay in Bastrop County. Along with assisting families with repairs from Hurricane Harvey, our team is assisting neighborhoods with readiness plans. Education and preparation of neighborhoods and families is a primary goal for BCLTRT moving forward. The better we are prepared the less impact any future events will have on our county.

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Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group

Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group (CBDRG) is a state recognized long-term recovery nonprofit organization created to address the unmet needs of Coastal Bend area residents affected by disaster. CBDRG covers 11 counties in south Texas near Corpus Christi. Our Harvey Recovery efforts are focused in Aransas, Bee, Kleberg, Nueces, Refugio, and San Patricio Counties. We anticipate volunteer labor will be needed to repair and rebuild, and to build new homes for the most vulnerable residents in our community: low income residents, the elderly, the disabled, single-parent families, and US veterans.

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Brazoria County Long-Term Recovery Committee

The Brazoria County Long-Term Recovery Committee fosters efficient, streamlined service delivery to people affected by disaster, while eliminating unnecessary duplication of effort, through cooperation in the four phases of disaster: preparation, response, recovery, and mitigation. We work with families to develop a plan that addresses their unmet recovery needs and restores their lives and property to some sense of normalcy. We are a public/private partnership designed to help people help themselves.

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La Grange Area Disaster Recovery Team

Everyday citizens came together to help their neighbors. La Grange Area Disaster Recovery Team (LGADRT) was formed after Hurricane Harvey caused major storm and flood damage in Fayette County, particularly to the area of the City of La Grange. The goal of LGADRT is to mend and ultimately improve the community by bringing together people in need and those who can help restore lives after any kind of disaster.

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Volunteer Agencies:

United Ways of Texas

United Way is there to help communities in their recovery and are involved in local disaster recovery in a variety of ways – from coordinating their community’s response to ensure the most vulnerable have the help that they need, to investing in their community’s first responders year-round so that they are poised to act quickly when a storm does arrive. United Ways also invest in community partners to help individuals impacted with rebuilding their lives. United Ways and their partner agencies are a critical part of a community’s short and long-term recovery from a storm like Hurricane Harvey.

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Crisis Response Ministry

Crisis Response Ministry is a non-profit organization in the State of Texas. CRM is a nondenominational faith based Christian ministry whose mission is providing emotional and spiritual care to individuals and families in crisis.

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Billy Graham Rapid Response Team

To meet the critical need for emotional and spiritual care following disasters, the Rapid Response Team (RRT) currently has chaplains in the United States, the US Territory of Puerto Rico, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. If you would like to help people whose lives have been torn apart by natural disasters or personal tragedies, you might want to volunteer as a chaplain. Find out about upcoming training opportunities.

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Convoy of Hope

Following major domestic disasters, we offer volunteer community service opportunities that include damage assessment, delivery of supplies, debris removal and more.

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Presbyterian Church in America Disaster Response

Presbyterian Church in America Disaster Response seeks to serve the churches and presbyteries of the PCA to help them coordinate practical assistance to people in need as a result of disasters.

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World Renew

World Renew, compelled by God’s passion for justice & mercy, joins communities around the world to renew hope, reconcile lives, and restore creation. World Renew is the development, disaster response, and justice arm of the Christian Reformed Church. World Renew has a Disaster Response Services program located in Texas. You can volunteer as an individual, adult group, youth group, intergenerational group, or school group. The length of time for most volunteer opportunities is less than 2 weeks and no experience is necessary.

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Catholic Charities

Volunteers are essential in fulfilling our mission here at Catholic Charities. They help us ensure that the stranger gets welcomed, the senior is looked after, the hungry are fed, and the children are served.

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Feeding Texas

Feeding Texas, formerly known as the Texas Food Bank Network (TFBN), is a statewide nonprofit organization. Their mission is to lead a unified effort for a hunger-free Texas. Feeding Texas moves millions of hungry Texans toward food security through a statewide network of food banks; strengthen the collective response to hunger through collaboration and scaling success; and lead the public conversation needed to solve hunger in Texas.

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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Volunteers serve with PDA in a variety of capacities and commitment levels. Learn about various ways to volunteer with PDA, the commitment requirements, and how you can get involved.

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Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon is an international disaster response nonprofit that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Founded in 2010 with the expressed goal of quickly responding to large-scale disasters, Team Rubicon has deployed thousands of volunteers across the United States and world to provide relief to communities in need.

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Victim Relief Ministries

The mission of Victim Relief is to provide physical, emotional and spiritual support to victims, their families, and friends in times of crisis brought on by disaster, crime, accident, illness, and abuse. Many more volunteers are going to be needed in the coming weeks and months to deploy in disaster areas and shelters. This includes deployments in Dallas as well as disaster zones around the country.

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Southern Baptist of Texas Convention Disaster Relief

The SBTC Disaster Relief Units deploy to assist disaster impacted areas and are in need of volunteers. For long-term recovery events SBTC trains volunteers and prepares them to serve.

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Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief

Texas Baptist Men’s Volunteer Village is now accepting registrations for CHURCH GROUPS (not individual volunteers) wanting to work in the greater Houston area in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. If you feel this is a good fit for your group and are ready to commit your group to a time of service, please register on the website. After Texas Baptist Men receives your request, they will match your group with the best fit based on size and date requested and will send a follow up email confirmation with further details.

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or direct dollar or in-kind services.

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Reach Out America

We are currently receiving trucks from Feed the Children and we need your help! Each semi-truck load is filled with thousands of pounds of important aid that needs to be sorted and distributed throughout the city. Every minute you spend helping others, helps bring hope all across America.

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Islamic Relief USA

Islamic Relief USA is a nonprofit humanitarian organization and its mission is to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and disease regardless of color, race, gender or creed, and to provide aid in a compassionate and dignified manner. Islamic Relief USA aims to provide rapid relief in the event of human and natural disasters and to establish sustainable local development projects, allowing communities to better help themselves.

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Samaritan’s Purse

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to victims of war, natural disasters, disease, famine, poverty and persecution in more than 100 countries, with the purpose of sharing God’s love. Samaritan’s Purse has helped more than 29,000 families in 35 U.S. states following floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and ice storms.

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Texas Gulf Coast VOAD

The Texas Gulf Coast Regional VOAD serves the 13 counties of Southeast Texas HGAC Region by coordinating member organizations and engaging with partner organizations in each of the four phases of a disaster. Our organizations provide services that help people get back to a state of living in safe, sanitary and secure conditions.

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Save the Children

Save the Children welcomes and encourages committed individuals to apply as skilled volunteers in our Fairfield, Connecticut and Washington, D.C. offices. Skilled volunteer opportunities range from short-term (three month) to long-term (one year) assignments. They are offered in a variety of areas such as finance, fundraising, human resources, marketing and communications, public policy, and social media- as well as other program areas.

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Texas Crisis Resiliency Team

The Texas Crisis Resiliency Team (TCRT) encourages emotional and spiritual resiliency among survivors of disasters and other traumatic events. Chaplains and spiritual care providers trained in trauma care are available to go to disaster sites at the request of local community leaders. The emphasis of the TCRT is to promote resiliency among trauma survivors by facilitating safety, respect, concern and empathy, and encouragement.

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Upbring Disaster Response

Volunteers are an essential part of the work we do to end the cycle of child abuse. Your willingness to share your hobbies, talents, encouragement and time with our Texas children makes a tremendous impact on the lives of the boys and girls we serve.

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United Methodist Committee on Relief

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering around the globe. UMCOR’s work includes programs and projects in disaster response, health, sustainable agriculture, food security, relief supplies, and more.

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Operation Blessing

Operation Blessing International (OBI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, humanitarian organization dedicated to demonstrating God’s love by alleviating human need and suffering in the United States and around the world. When major hurricanes, tornadoes and other devastating storms strike the U.S., volunteers become a key component of Operation Blessing’s disaster relief efforts. From serving hot meals and handing out bags of relief to helping residents salvage precious belongings and aiding in debris removal and cleanup, OBI volunteers are critical to bringing relief in real time!

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Trusted World

On average it take 3 years to recover from a flood. Trusted World is committed to providing long term relief to the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. They utilize volunteers, donations and financial support in order to provide this relief. It is you that makes the difference. Support them by volunteering your time and skills.

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International Fellowship of Chaplains

International Fellowship of Chaplains (IFOC) is a non profit organization, providing training, recognition, certification and information in the varied areas of chaplaincy. We interface with both the secular and ministry worlds for the purpose of promoting tolerance and understanding, as well as, provide professional, trained and dedicated chaplains in the various fields of need.

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Mennonite Disaster Services

Mennonite Disaster Service is a volunteer network of Anabaptist churches that responds in Christian love to those affected by disasters in Canada and the United States. While the main focus is on clean up, repair and rebuilding homes, this service touches lives and nurtures hope, faith and wholeness.

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Habitat for Humanity Texas

Habitat for Humanity builds homes, communities, and hope, but we cannot do our work without financial support and our volunteers. Texas has millions of our residents in need of safe, affordable housing. You can help make a difference.

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Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation

Tzu Chi is an international humanitarian organization whose mission is to relieve the suffering of those in need, and create a better world for all. In Chinese, “tzu” means compassion, and “chi” relief: With open hearts and helping hands, our volunteers are here to serve you.

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The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Every program they offer is rooted in their passion to serve God by serving the lost, the vulnerable, the needy, the poor, the hurting, the helpless, and the hopeless. Salvation Army volunteers are critical partners in helping fulfill their promise to America of “Doing the Most Good.” Volunteer opportunities are being coordinated locally.

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Americares

Americares volunteers are a meaningful part of the organization and are integral to our success. Each year hundreds of volunteers work in various capacities at our headquarters or as part of our Free Clinics community program.

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TEXSAR

TEXSAR has grown to be the largest wildland search and rescue organization in the State of Texas. Our searchers are all volunteers, and held to the highest standards. TEXSAR trains year round so they are ready when the next call comes, and are always looking for new members to join the team. No previous search and rescue experience is required. TEXSAR will help you get training and make sure you are fully qualified before your first deployment with the team. If you are passionate about helping your community and would like to be a part of a team of like-minded individuals, we urge you to come checkout one of our meetings to see if TEXSAR is the right place for you to serve.

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OneStar Foundation

OneStar Foundation is recognized state-wide as the voice of the nonprofit sector and a neutral convener and respected business partner to foundations, state agencies, and the business community to support civic engagement in order to strengthen Texas communities.

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If you do not see an organization that interests you here, please go to the National VOAD site for additional opportunities and to register as a volunteer. Click here to access the volunteer registration page.