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Houston HDR Deployment: Frequently Asked Questions

Humanist Disaster Recovery Deployment

Houston, TX

April 17 - April 28, 2018

I have never done recovery work. Am I still able to volunteer?

Yes. You will receive any training you need to perform the work and experts are on site. To sign up for any remaining open spots, fill out this form. Openings will be filled on a first-come first-serve basis. 

There are limitations to my being able to do all disaster recovery tasks (e.g., I cannot work with mold, or I cannot work a full 8 hours). Am I still able to volunteer?

Many limitations can be accommodated as long as we know about them in advance. Even if you think there is something that might preclude you from volunteering, note the details when you fill out the form and your needs will be addressed. 

Is there an age minimum to volunteer?

Our partner, All Hands and Hearts, has a minimum age requirement of 18. There have been exceptions granted, so please note any ages under 18 on the signup form

I have the time to volunteer, but the cost of getting to Houston is prohibitive. Is travel assistance/aid available?

If you are able to commit to two weeks volunteering, All Hands and Hearts is offering travel vouchers for Southwest Airlines. If you are unable to come for two full weeks, there may still be financial aid for travel available. 

How many hours a day will I be working?

Your work day in Houston will begin when you get to the site at about 7:15am and will end at about 3:00pm, with an hour for lunch. There will also be a post-workday meeting at the volunteer base. 

Will food be provided?

For residential volunteers (those staying at the All Hands and Hearts base), three meals, snacks, and water will be provided on work days. At this time we can only promise to accommodate vegetarian food restrictions. 

I am from out of town, what are the available accommodations in Houston?

Your accommodations would be at the All Hands and Hearts basecamp in Houston (located in West Houston, between 610 and Beltway 8), if there are any remaining spaces available. Please note your needs when filling out the form.  

I am not from the US. Am I still able to volunteer?

You do not have to be a US citizen to volunteer.

Can I volunteer on the weekends only? Are there any days off? 

Yes. You can choose to volunteer for any stretch of time during the deployment period, whether it is one day, every day, or only on weekends. However, Sundays or Mondays are “break days” for All Hands and Hearts and volunteer work is not done on those days. 

Do I have to commit to coming now?

Yes - we are filling open spots due to last-minute cancellations on a first-come first-serve basis. Spaces will not be finalized until the All Hands and Hearts volunteer waivers are completed. To start the process of completing the waiver, please fill out this form

What else do I need to know?

A Foundation Beyond Belief volunteer orientation will be held at the All Hands and Hearts base on April 16th at 6:30 pm. Local volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend if able. Other arrangements for orientation can be made for those who are unable to attend at that date and time. 

There will be a volunteer appreciation social event on the evening of April 28th, after the last workday of the deployment. Location will be provided to all volunteers after they sign the waiver and their spot is confirmed. 

If you have questions that were not answered here, contact Wendy at programs@foundationbeyondbelief.org.

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