Calling all Humanists! Houston families need your help!
Last fall, Hurricane Harvey and its associated rainstorms dropped about 27 trillion gallons of rainwater over Texas and Louisiana in just just six days. Harvey dumped 51 inches of rain in south Texas, which is more than Houston typically gets in one year (49.77 inches). Over 300,000 homes in the city of Houston alone were damaged as a result of Harvey. In April 2018, Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB) will be deploying a team of humanist volunteers to help Houston recover.
Thanks to our generous supporters, FBB raised over $115,000 dollars to help mitigate the extensive damage from Harvey. One of our beneficiaries, All Hands and Hearts (formerly All Hands Volunteers), is providing the infrastructure for our volunteers in Houston. All Hands and Hearts (AHH) volunteers have already rebuilt at least 461 sites during their Harvey recovery efforts. AHH expects their volunteer numbers to drop in Houston by April, which is why we are scheduling our deployment for late April. Much of the attention from a disaster drops off after six months and volunteers are much more difficult to find.We can’t do it without you! Between April 13th and April 30th, you can come for a day, for a weekend, or for a week or two to help Houston residents’ lives return to normal. The longer you can come the better. Free domestic flights for volunteers who commit to at least two weeks in Texas may be available! In fact, grab a couple of friends or family members – the more helping hands and smiling faces, the more we can accomplish and the more fun we’ll have doing it!
What will volunteering entail? While in Houston, you will work on anything from mucking and gutting homes to rebuilding. Never done this before? Don’t worry. You will receive training in whatever work you'll be performing. If you are from outside Houston, you are responsible for getting yourself to Houston, but once you are there housing will be provided either at All Hands and Hearts’ base camp or at local FBB members’ homes. On work days you will also be provided with three meals, snacks, and water.
See our Deployment FAQ for more information.
If you are interested, submit this form before February 16th to tell us when you are available. Filling out the form does not mean you are committing to come, but we will be making some general scheduling decisions based on the information provided.
You can make a real, tangible difference in the lives of people affected by Harvey. Please join us in Houston.
**The Humanist Disaster Recovery program is sustained through a partnership between Foundation Beyond Belief and the American Humanist Association (AHA). We thank AHA for their generous support of our efforts.