Help Florida recover from Hurricane Michael

Calling all humanists! Florida is still recovering from Hurricane Michael. You can help!

 

April 2018 HDR Houston Deployment: Bil Brown working at Rhodes School

Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida on October 10, 2018 as a Category 5. Michael is the strongest hurricane to make landfall in the Florida Panhandle causing an estimated $25 billion USD in damages. At least 45 people lost their lives as a result of the storm. Due to the extreme damages and fatalities caused by Hurricane Michael, the name Michael has been retired and will not be used for an Atlantic storm again. A federal aid package that includes funding for Florida only passed Congress and was signed by Trump seven months after Michael hit in June 2019.

In September, FBB is deploying to Florida to help rebuild with All Hands and Hearts who we have worked with on our Puerto Rico, Houston, and Louisiana deployments. Their work in the region started with debris removal and residential flood cleanup. Their focus has shifted to mucking and gutting homes and mold sanitation. To date they have completed 180 jobs touching 480 lives.

The deployment will be from September 3rd through September 14th. The longer you can come the better! If you can come for the full two weeks and are coming from the contiguous US, free roundtrip flights are available! Space is limited. Volunteers who commit to the full two weeks will receive priority placement, followed by volunteers who commit to one week. Volunteers signing up for less than a week will fill the remaining slots on a first come first serve basis. Travel assistance may be available for volunteers coming for less than two weeks. Please contact us if travel assistance would allow you to come or allow you to come for longer.

Never done this before? Don’t worry. You will receive training in whatever work you'll be performing. Housing will be provided at All Hands and Hearts’ base camp. This is a communal living situation with co-ed dorm rooms with bunk beds and blow up mattresses. On work days you will also be provided with three meals, snacks, and water.


To sign up, submit this form before July 15th. If you have any questions, email programs@foundationbeyondbelief.org.

April 2018 HDR Houston Deployment: 9 of the FBB volunteer team members

Foundation Beyond Belief  American Humanist Association

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.

HDR Volunteer Application

As part of the first ever national humanist disaster recovery volunteer program, HDR provides recovering communities with trained humanist volunteers.

Volunteers help the affected communities rebuild after disasters like floods and hurricanes. They do everything from mold remediation to framing to finishing work like drywall. Volunteers are never asked to do anything that is unsafe or outside their personal abilities

We are currently building our national database of volunteers who are ready and willing to help should disaster strike. By registering, you are only stating that you are willing to be contacted should a position open up for a role you may be able to fill.

Please fill out the application below to volunteer with HDR, or to update your existing details in our database. Thank you.

Foundation Beyond Belief  American Humanist Association

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.

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