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How do I volunteer?

Concerned individuals across the country have been following the devastation from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and Maria 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, and South Carolina. They are also assessing how community volunteers can best assist with the recovery from the California wildfires. If you live near Sonoma, Napa, Lake, Solano, Marin and Mendocino and are interested in volunteering to support wildfire relief efforts, please sign up here.
  • 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 the California wildfires, 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.

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.

Volunteer Opportunities in 20003

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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

Find the most current FEMA information on:

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Maria