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Houston HDR Deployment: Frequently Asked Questions

Humanist Disaster Recovery Deployment

Houston, TX

April 13 - April 30, 2018 (tentative)

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.

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, please fill out the deployment interest form and explain the situation so we can look for a solution.  

Is there an age minimum to volunteer?

Out partner, All Hands and Hearts, has a minimum age requirement of 18, but they have made exceptions. If you are under 18 or would like to volunteer with your children, please fill out the deployment interest form and tell us so we can see if an exception is possible for this deployment.

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. If you would like more information about this, fill out the deployment interest form and let us know.

How many hours a day will I be working?

Your work day in Houston will begin when you get to the site at about 8:15am and will end at about 5:00pm with an hour lunch.

Will food be provided?

Three meals, snacks, and water will be provided on work days. At this time we can only promise to accommodate vegetarian food restrictions. If you have other restrictions, fill out the deployment interest form and we will see what we can do.

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

Your accommodations will either be at the All Hands and Hearts basecamp in Houston or with Foundation Beyond Belief Beyond Belief Network team members who have extra beds to offer. When you fill out your deployment interest form, please indicate what your preference is and we will do our best to accommodate it.

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?

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 considered “break days” for All Hands and Hearts and volunteer work is not typically done on those days. We are currently exploring other recovery volunteer opportunities on Sundays, for people who can only volunteer on weekends.

If I come for the whole time, will there be days off?

The “work week” runs from Tuesday through Saturday. Sundays and Mondays are break days, with no volunteering duties. As mentioned above, this may be subject to change (with the break days moving to Monday-Tuesday).

Do I have to commit to coming now?

You do not have to commit right now. Filling out the deployment interest form is not a commitment. In late February or early March we will send you information about how to make your final commitment and what the deadline for committing is.

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