Volunteer Generation Fund 2013
The Texas Disaster Volunteer Generation project, administered by OneStar Foundation, will strengthen the State of Texas' infrastructure and ability to harness the potential of unaffiliated, spontaneous and other community volunteers generated in times of disaster through increasing the capacity of volunteer connector organizations and their partners. The project, which will focus on the CNCS Focus Area of Disaster Services, will benefit from OneStar's strategic, cross-sector partnerships with the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (TX VOAD), the Texas Association of Volunteer Centers (TAVC), and the University of Texas at Austin's RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service. OneStar will build upon its previous Volunteer Generation Fund (VGF) initiatives in 2013-2014 by conducting a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process to award a total of $150,000 in subgrants with 8-month project periods for eligible organizations to implement best practices related to volunteer recruitment and management in times of disaster, build strategic partnerships with local governments and emergency management officials, and develop high-quality disaster volunteers and volunteer assignments that will help Texas generate and retain an unprecedented number of volunteers available in times of disaster. By the end of the one year project period, OneStar and its subgrantees and partners will have recruited 2,000 disaster volunteers who will contribute at least 1,000 hours of service to Texas communities.