Volunteers are needed in Florida to respond to the hurricane. If you are interested in volunteering at a shelter or want more information on how to get involved in Florida, please visit Volunteer Florida.
Once we have more information on volunteer efforts in Alabama and Tennessee, we will share that information on this page.
PRESS RELEASE: AmeriCorps and Senior Corps Responds to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, September 21, 2017
PRESS RELEASE: Senior Corps and AmeriCorps Disaster Teams Respond to Hurricane Irma, September 15, 2017
Texans are recovering from Hurricane Harvey while the residents of Florida, Alabama, and Tennessee are bracing for Hurricane Irma to make landfall.
As Hurricane Irma approaches, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps are preparing to help with shelter operations and volunteer mobilization and recovery when the time is right.
Here are some reminders about what to do when disaster strikes:
- Do not self-deploy as a volunteer to a disaster area. We know you want to help, but food, water, shelter, and transportation are at a premium and the first priority is making sure that first responders and local residents get what they need.
- Sign up before you show up. If you are able to volunteer, make sure to find an organization and sign up. Capacity is stretched during disasters and you need to make sure that you can be utilized. The Small Business Administration is hiring temporary employees to assist with disaster relief efforts this hurricane season from September 1st to December 31st, 2017.
- Donate cash. What most communities need is cash, not things. Find a reputable organization that is supporting the disaster response and recovery and contribute. They can buy what they need and not have to worry about sorting and storing donations, especially when storage facilities may be damaged or being used to shelter people. Here are some national disaster response organizations you may want to consider.
We will keep this page updated as new developments unfold. If you would like to receive communications about AmeriCorps and Senior Corps response to Hurricane Irma, or learn about future opportunities when needed, sign up below to receive our emails.
CNCS coordinates locally to ensure all needs are identified from state, regional, and federal emergency partners, including FEMA and American Red Cross, and Volunteer Florida, the Governor-appointed state service commission responsible for implementing national service programs in Florida.
Although the need is great, and desire to help strong in times of disaster, it is important to avoid donating material goods or self-deploying to volunteer. The first priority is to make sure communities are safe and public officials and disaster relief organizations have had an opportunity to assess the damage and identify what the specific needs are. Once that happens, it is the generous spirit of residents, nonprofits organizations, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, private sector partners, and governmental agencies and partners working in a coordinated effort that will most effectively and efficiently help Floridians recovery from Hurricane Irma. Please continue to monitor this website for updated information.