With over 895,000 homes affected and the cost of recovery in the tens of billions, the need for skilled and unskilled volunteers in the wake of Hurricane Harvey is in high demand and will remain so for the next 5-10 years. While state and federal government will fund some of the costs, there remains an estimated $1.2 billion unmet need that local cities and counties will be left to handle. It is only through generous contributions of time and resources from volunteers and voluntary organizations that this incredible gap be filled .
No matter your skill set, background, or ability, you can donate your time and make a difference. Whether you are looking for an afternoon project or a long term volunteer commitment, rest assured that there is an opportunity for you. The State of Texas is asking ALL volunteers to register with voluntary/charitable organizations or local long term recovery groups in affected communities, to ensure that the most critical work is done first to offer assistance to those most in need.
Below you will find a list of vetted Long Term Recovery Groups that may be accepting volunteers for a variety of relief activities. Please stay committed to finding the perfect volunteer opportunity for you, and know that the State of Texas thanks you for your dedication to helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Long-Term Recovery Groups:
Baytown Area & Chambers County Disaster Recovery (BACC DR)
The Baytown Area & Chambers County Disaster Recovery (BACC DR)’s mission is to assist in identifying the unmet needs of those affected by Hurricane Harvey and other future disasters, and to coordinate access to resources that would provide relief. Services will be provided with no preference to individuals’ race, color, creed, gender, disability or religious affiliation.
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.
Walker County Long Term Recovery Committee (WCLTRC)
The Walker County Long Term Recovery Corporation (WCLTRC) is a community committee setup to help families recover from disasters.
Liberty County Long Term Recovery Committee (LCLTRC)
The Liberty County Long Term Recovery Committee (LCLTRC) (501 c 3 organization) is an umbrella organization comprised of various faith communities, secular agencies, government agencies, and individuals. Member organizations can provide resources and services to the LCLTRC in the event of a disaster. Any interested individual or organization can become a partner within the LCLTRC. Each member or partner maintains its own identity and independence, yet pledges to work cooperatively to improve disaster response and to eliminate unnecessary service duplications.
Brazoria County Long-Term Recovery Committee (BCL-TRC)
The Brazoria County Long-Term Recovery Committee (BCL-TRC) 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.
Galveston County Long Term Recovery Group (GCLTRG)
Galveston County Long Term Recovery Group (GCLTRG) is the official long-term recovery group of Galveston County made up of representatives from non-profit, faith-based, and civic organizations and government and business partners working in our county. Our efforts focus on identifying and developing resources in Disaster Case Management, home restoration, equipping unmet needs and the health and spiritual care of families affected by the disaster. GCLTRG is a collaborative coalition established and maintained on behalf of the individuals and families in Galveston County. Its purpose is to facilitate and implement a coordinated response to Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery.
Harris County Recovery Network
The Harris County Recovery Network is here to help in the weeks, months and even years beyond the immediate emergency.
Wharton County Recovery Team (WCRT)
The Wharton County Recovery Team is a 501(c)(3)non-profit which was formed in 2016 to assist low income, uninsured, under-insured individuals, and families with recovery from natural or man-made disasters. Our goal is to take an active role in coordinating boots on the ground in every step of the disaster response process managing the chaos of the flood of volunteers and donations in the immediate wake of a crisis, coordinating rebuilding efforts as our community attempts to return to a state of normalcy, and helping to develop new affordable housing and aid in mitigation and disaster preparedness efforts to help lessen the impact of the next natural disaster.
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.
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.
Waller County Recovery Committee (WCRC)
The Waller County Recovery Committee (WCRC) was convened by United Way of Greater Houston during the Wildfire Disaster in September of 2011.
The purpose of the WCRC is to strengthen the long-term recovery coordination in Waller County and some surrounding areas, by sharing information, simplifying residents’ access to recovery services and resolving disaster cases. By bringing all service providers together, this committee will have the opportunity to provide recovery effort updates, discuss lessons learned, and talk about preparedness practices that will help with future disasters.
Victoria County Long Term Recovery Group (VCLTRG)
The Victoria County Long Term Recovery Group (VCLTRG) is coordinating the receipt and distribution of donations and responding to unmet needs during times of disaster and beyond. Several local organizations have joined forces to help residents in the community with recovery efforts following Hurricane Harvey.
Website coming soon!
Help! I’m Hurting! Inc. (HIH)
HELP! I’m Hurting, Inc. (HIH), is a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit organization incorporated under the laws of the State of Texas. The organization is organized for exclusively religious, charitable, educational, scientific, crisis management, and long term recovery purposes. HELP! I’m Hurting, Inc., is working to address the serious threats to a prosperous Port Arthur, Texas and similar communities posed by natural disaster, homelessness, drug/alcohol addiction, displaced families, and gang activity and to achieve positive outcomes for these individuals, their families and their community village.
Fayette County Disaster Recovery Team (FCDRT)
Everyday citizens came together to help their neighbors. Fayette County Disaster Recovery Team (FCDRT) 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 FCDRT 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.
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.
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.
Chambers County Longterm Recovery Organization
Chambers County is located directly east of Houston. Any monetary donations will be used to deal with the long-term issues the county will face after Harvey. This fund will go towards helping the residents of Chambers County in need, such as basic hygiene items, food, water and shelter.
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.