How do I volunteer?
Concerned individuals across the country have been following the devastation from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and Maria - as well as the Northern California wildfires - and asking how they can help. If you are interested in volunteering in the relief efforts, one of the below organizations may be your best starting point. Some of the groups listed may be able to deploy volunteers immediately. Others are accepting registrants now, but will wait until conditions are safer to contact them and provide assignments. Help will be needed for many months down the road – and we’ll continue to update this page as new volunteer opportunities arise.
- The American Red Cross is recruiting volunteers in Puerto Rico, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Northern California.
- Habitat for Humanity has launched a Hurricane Recovery Volunteer Registry and will call on registrants as volunteer teams prepare to deploy to areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Irma.
- The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is registering volunteers to help those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other areas as well as those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.
- Volunteer Florida is looking for volunteers to work in the state’s shelters and other disaster relief organizations.
- Volunteer Houston has launched the Virtual Volunteer Reception Center, where you can register to help with a wide array of Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
- Puerto Rico - this United for Puerto Rico Guide lists an array of needed emergency and constructions supplies. They can be sent to: Unidos por Puerto Rico, Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot, 500 Avenida Arterial B San Juan, PR 00918
If you prefer to make a financial donation, AARP and AARP Foundation are collecting funds to help victims of Hurricane Maria with a dollar-to-dollar match of up to $250,000. One hundred percent of the funds will go to organizations providing relief and recovery support to disaster victims. Click here for more information.
To find disaster relief projects in your community, review the results below.
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Volunteer Opportunities in 20003
A message from FEMA
“Right now where we need citizens, neighbors helping neighbors, is in the life safety mission. The objectives are clear: restore power, ensure lifesaving and life sustaining supplies, provide emergency medication, and maintain security. This response and recovery will take the whole community.”
-Brock Long, FEMA Administrator
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